Captain Charles H. Estes, Jr. (Pilot) - My father
Sgt. Red Cochran ( Waist Gunner)
To the brave crew members of the B-24 Green-Eyed
Ikey, may I dedicate this poem.
|2nd Lt. James R. Mulligan, Purple Heart, Air medal|
|Back row left to right: Ray Harper, Bill Williams, Paul Smagula, Earl Sasser, Paul Kaplan, Ed Yerzak|
Front row left to right: Mart Van Kink, Ed Deegan, James Mulligan
|Jim Mulligan and Lois Mulligan|
|Front row left to right: James Mulligan, Carl Sederquist, Ernie Swanson|
|James Mulligan far left|
|Bee, Ben, Calvert|
|Uncle Ben far right|
|Ben, Malcolm and Charles|
I created a blog in honor of my dad and the crew of their B24 Bomber of the 415th Squadron of the 98th Bomb Group.
They were stationed in Lecce, Italy and flew 34 missions. Their 34th mission they were shot down over Yugoslavia and with the aid
of rebel soldiers were safely escorted back to Bari, Italy.