www.440thtroopcarriergroup.org) I got in contact with Mr. Charles Young and could ask him about the crew.
Mr. Young also gave his permission to add his answer and the picture to our site. Thank you for that.
Charles's answer :
You can see this photo on my Website at www.usaaftroopcarrier.com/862-Bastogne.htm. It has some information about the aircraft, which belonged to the 94th TC Sqdn of the 439th Group. My father, Col. Charles H. Young, was the wartime commander of this group, and in fact, this was the very aircraft he flew overseas, from the States to England.
Ain't Missbehavin' was the aircraft of flown by Capt. Ernest Turner, and he flew it on this mission when he was shot down. We published a close-up photo of three crew members standing on the other side of this aircraft on page 363 of the book my father and I did, Into The Valley. We published the photo you sent a link to on the following page. Both photos were originally in my father's collection. Crew: Capt. Ernie Turner, pilot; Lt. Keistutis J. (Casey) Narbutas, co-pilot; S/Sgt. Richard G. Whitehurst, radio operator (in the photo) and S/Sgt. John E. Douglas, crew chief. They had some bumps and bruises, and Sgt. Douglas was shot in the leg, but all survived.
The Website URL is www.usaaftroopcarrier.com.
Hope this helps,
Charles D. Young
Before that I asked Ken Hesler (D/463) about this too :
I can confirm the photograph, the best one I have seen. Your are correct on the road and ditch (note: positions of Baker Btry I visited with Ken. Filip). One can read the name, "Ain't Missbehavin" clearly. The trailer and tarp covered ammo boxes to the right are those of D Btry. If you back off from the photo at about a 30-degree angle for a short distance, you would be at the D Btry gun positions.
To Doug Bailey :
When you were hurt on Christmas day, after being in the chapel at Hemroulle, were you transferred to an Aid Station in Bastogne, or moved out directly out of town on the 26th when general Patton's 4th Armored Division broke through at Assenois ?
I heard the 10th Armoured Aid Station in the centre of Bastogne (in a Sarma food store, in the Rue de Neufchateau) got a hit on Christmas Night with fire bombs, and half of the wounded in there were burned alive. Also the Belgian nurse Renée Lemaire got killed in that German attack. Since the Germans captured the Airborne Hospital between Champs and Sprimont a week earlier, I wondered if the 101st managed to have some Aid Station in town just as the 10th Armored did ?
Doug's answer :
Zafke, Farmer and myself were all wounded on the the 24th of December and were taken to the Aid Station in the church at Hemroulle. I think it was on the 26th that we were taken to the Aid Station in Bastogne. I always assumed that it was the 101st Aid Station, and did not know or hear any mention of the 10th Armored Aid Station.
After the 4th Armored got to us we went by Ambulance to the 106th Evacuation Hospital in Thionville, France. Then to Paris on a Hospital Train and then by C-47 to the 106th General Hospital close to the city of Bourmouth in Southern England.
Additional information from local Bastogne guide Henri Mignon :
The 101st had an Aid Station in a school with the name "Le Petit Séminaire", situated in front of the Bastogne Church in the town centre. The 501st Parachute Infantry had its HQ in the same school. The Aid Station was in a little church inside of the school.
Le Petit Séminaire, behind the school you see the bell tower from the church which was the 101st Airborne Aid Station.
The wounded were also taken care of at the 101st Airborne (General McAuliffe) HQ,
the Heintz Barracks, in a covered shelter, previously used by the Army for shooting exercises. Here are some pictures of this shelter.
Above we see the entrance
Memorial for the 30 victims of the 20th Infantry Battalion of the 10th Armored Division and the Belgian nurse Renée Lemaire, killed in the Christmas Eve bombings.
Inside the shelter
September 26th, 2008, Bastogne.
Location : the Memorial is just in front of the Bastogne Historical Centre, just beside the Mardasson Monument.
That Friday September 26th was a fine day, very chilly, but dry. It was a nice ceremony and the Ft Campbell KY Color Guard was outstanding !
Men to be proud of !
The ceremony consisted of several speeches, the inauguration, the presentation of the Godfathers and Godmothers for the monument, the consecration of the monument, it was all there.
After the ceremony, the Honorable Mr. Sam Fox, US Ambassador in Belgium, invited us at the Premiere of a movie made by the Embassy in cooperation with the Belgian Department of Foreign Affairs, showing the 'Bridges' between Belgium and the USA, from the late Middle Ages over the emigration : ships sailing from Antwerp on the Red Star Line to Ellis Island, then WWI and WWII, the Marshall Plan, etc... a very nice movie I must say.
Below are some pictures of that particular day !
I had the opportunity to see the Monument while it was being made.
Early in the morning, the Memorial is still unveiled...
THE PAST: Veterans and members of the Patriotic Associations gather for the ceremony
THE PRESENT : the Color Guard of the 1st Artillery Regiment
of Bastogne almost ready.
THE FUTURE : Schoolchildren are present : very important to keep the History alive
The Honorable Mr. Sam Fox,
US Ambassador in Belgium and his wife,
and the Mayor Mr. Philippe Collard.
Official local guide and co-initiator of
the memorial: Mr. Robert (Roby) CLAM
Also speaking :
Michael T. Oeschger - Major, Field Artillery
Commander, Rear Detachment, 1st Brigade Combat Team,
101st Airborne Division ( Air Assault )
The Consecration and Benediction of the Monument by
dean Mr. Jean-Maurice JACQUES.
The 101st Airborne Color Guard,
from Ft Campbell, Kentucky.
Left of Mayor Philippe Collard and Mr. Robert Clam is
the sculptor of the Memorial, Mr. Robert REMACLE.
The Monument unveiled
The text starts in English and continues in French :
"May this Eagle always symbolize the sacrifices and heroism of the
101st Airborne Division and all its attached units.
December 1944 - January 1945"
The City and the Citizens of Bastogne
(text chosen by the Honorable Mr. Sam Fox)
Information on the Monument
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