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George E. Curtis Jr.
587th Bomb Squadron, 394th Bomb Group


Early 1944

George, known by his buddies as Curt, enlisted in 1942. He completed Basic Training, Radio school, Gunnery school and then earned his Aviation Crew member wings. He graduated from Lake Charles Training Center in March of 1944. George E. Curtis Jr., was the radio operator / gunner, completing 65 missions before returning home in the spring of 1945.


Crew graduation photo – left to right:
Lt. Francis L. Buswell, Jr. – Pilot; Lt. Donald R. Firshing -- Co-Pilot; Lt. Wade Cornelius – Bombgator; S/Sgt George E. Curtis, Jr. -- Radio Operator / Gunner; Sgt. Thomas H. Lamb – Engineer; Sgt. Laurence E. Knapp – Armorer

They flew the southern route landing in the UK mid May of 1944. They were sent to CCRC Toome Ireland for additional training.


Here is TSgt. “Curt” Curtis in NY City in the Spring of 1945. Curt had not been discharged yet and was expecting orders to the Pacific. Those orders never came and he was discharged on May 16th 1945. His wife on the left and Joe Capasso’s wife on the right.

 

Tent Alley – that white blob racing down the “road” is Punky running to greet George "Curt" Curtis.

Winter 1944 / 1945


March 1944


Lt. Francis “Buzz” Buswell originally from Newton, Massachusetts. I believe that he evidentially settle in the Dallas Texas area.


Back row:
Ray Adelsohn, Bruce Gollinger, Joe Capasso;
Front row:
Renee Breault, George “Curt” Curtis, ?? Bass
Dogs:
“Pro” Kit, Douche Bag


Punky – George "Curt" Curtis constant companion. It was said that she knew which plane Curt was on. She would wait by the runway and not move an inch as planes roared passed. Only when she heard Curt’s plane did she move – racing up and down the runway waiting for her buddy to come home. Curt adored this little lady and wanted to bring her home to the states with him but regulations prevented this.


Lt. Francis “Buzz” Buswell, SSgt. George “Curt” Curtis, unknown (possibly Sgt. Harry Foster),
Sgt. Thomas Lamb, Sgt. Larry Knapp.


Autumn 1944


December 9, 1944 after takeoff for Operational Mission #159, at an altitude of ~2,600’, the right engine failed. The end result was this crash landing with the full compliment of armament on board.


42-96243, 5W- K crashed in December 1944 at Cambrai. George "Curt" Curtis says that he was part of the crew manning this plane at the time. No accident report has been found yet for this plane.


George "Curt" Curtis & Unknown


They flew the southern route landing in the UK mid May of 1944. They were sent to CCRC Toome Ireland for additional training.

 

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