You can Search the 450th Website from here Enter Your Search Criteria and click on the Magnifying Glass

Home Page «
Contact Us «
Terms of Use «

Current Newsletter «
Film & Books «
Reunion Pictures «
Site Updates «

Main Roster «
POW's «
Escape Statements «
Cemetery Listings «
Orders «

450th History «
Missions Flown «
S2 Reports «
Pilot-Bombardier Reports «
Operational Analysis «
Navigator Logs «
Aircraft Pictures «
Accident Reports «
M.A.C. Reports «
Crew Pictures «
Ground Personnel «
Veteran's Biographies «
Unidentified Personnel «
Veteran's Stories «
Target Pictures «
Maps «
Miscellaneous Pictures «
Newspaper Articles «
47th Wing Documents «
331st Air Service «
1st C.C.U. «

Current Guest Book «
Archived Guest Book «

Search Page «
Links Page «

723rd Squadron


Crewmen are as follows:
Riding the Burro is Bob Smith
Pulling the Burro is Dale Dobbs
Pushing the Burro is Don Grassman

In the background from Left to Right are:
Victor Lumovich
Richard B. Lewis
Bob Hervey
Joe Rizzo



This is Dick Cubbins, pilot of the SWASHBUCKLER. During our last mission the SWASHBUCKLER was shot up so badly we wound up in the olive grove which caused additional damage to the bird.
We were shot down for the third time a short time later and became POWs in Romania.
As it turns out, a pilot that I flight checked a couple of days before we went down over Girugiu, showed up at Bari with a flight of COTTONTAIL aircraft to pick up us former POWs and haul us back to Manduria.
The lead aircraft, flown by the fellow I had flight checked, was named PEEKIN' THRU. I could easily see the shadow of my SWASHBUCKLER logo that the paint had etched into the nose skin.
Incidentally, the pre-combat check ride was essentially to see if the new pilot had the guts to make a high-speed pass between two, brick, multistoried Italian Navy buildings on the Mediterranean just North of our swimming beach.
Whoever happened to be swimming at the time got a close haircut from the "buzz job.

Link To MACR 8746

If any information is being used out of context or if you would like to use some of this information, please contact the Webmaster

Terms of Use and Disclaimer Statement

Copyright 1999 - 2023, Mark Worthington & the 450th Bomb Group Memorial Association