The 509th Composite Group

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:40 am 
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Hi thank you for letting me on the forum... my father was in 509th composite group 393 bomb squadron and navigator of the jabit 111 his name James S. Duva He did not tell us about his role in the army air corps..we found out after he died I have 3 pictures of him 1 on tinian 1 I put on his atomic heritage foundation profile and 1 of him prior to take off ..how can i find any more pictures is there a link to the jabit 111 hiroshima mission they were a weather ship i think they tried to return to wendover I think it crashed on the way home to wendover ? I have been told a few stories ...but how do i know what is fact ? thank you for reading this and if you know anything more about where photos and his mission was please let me know ! sincerely Lisa Duva


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:53 am 
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Lisa - Your dad, James S. Duva was a member of the 509th Composite Group, 393rd BG and the assigned navigator on Jabbit III. On August 6, 1945, Jabbit III was assigned to fly as the weather recon plane to Kokura, Japan. Kokura was an alternate target in the event that Hiroshima, the primary target could not be bombed. As we know, weather conditions were favorable and that city was selected for atomic attack. On August 9, 1945, Jabbit III was ordered to fly to the United States to pick up parts for an additional atomic bomb, but prior to their return, Japan surrendered and thus they were told to remain in the United States. In October, 1945, Jabbit III was assigned to the 4200th AAF Base Unit, Chicago, IL, where it remained until April, 1946. It was then removed from inventory as salvage and scrapped.
On the homepage of this website, you will find the book, "The 509th Remembered," edited by Robert and Amelia Krauss. In it there are additional pictures of your dad. Bob may have these in his inventory. I would ask him. I thank your dad for his service to our country.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:13 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:20 pm 
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Hi Joe !! thank you I will contact him and ask him to see the photos I will buy the book and 1 for my sister and 1 for mom who is 90 now if there are more in there !! wow thanks for directing me how to get in to ask them to peek at them!! thank you thank you for your help !! sincerely Lisa Duva


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