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William "Bill" Howard Farnsworth Laberee
Master Sgt, Flight Crew Chief
397th Bomb Group, 598th Bomb Squadron

William H. F. Laberee, Master Sergeant, 598th Bombardment Squadron, Given at Separation Center, Fort Devens, Mass 10/19/1945; D.O.B. 14 August, 1912;  Place of Birth: Canada [Pictou, Nova Scotia] Date of Induction: 7 Mar 42; Entry into active service: same as above; Place of entry: Fort Devens, Mass. Military occupational Specialty & No.: Airplane Maint. Tech 750 Military Qualification & date: MM Rifle MM Carbine TBMG MM [no date given]
Battles & Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Air Offensive Europe, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe Decorations & Citations: Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon Date of Departure for ETO: 27 Feb, 1944 Arrival: 7 Mar, 1944 Continental Service: 2 yrs Foreign Service: 1 yr 7 mo 13 d Highest Rank held: Master Sergeant; Service Schools Attended: Airplane Mech Sch, Keesler Field, Mississippi; Martin B-26 Factory Sch, Baltimore, MD; Military Occupational Assignments: a) Private, Basic Training, 1 mo  b) S/Sgt, Crew Chief, 7 mos c) M/Sgt, Flight Chief, 28 mos

Flight Chief Duties: Supervised maintenance on four B-26 medium bombers. Inspected the maintenance performed by the respective mechanics of each aircraft, inspected maintenance records, supervised all hourly inspections of the aircrafts. Directly responsible for the maintaining of the airplanes, insuring their readiness at all times for flight. With 397th Bomb Group, ETO.

Other info which I can add: Dad was born Aug. 14, 1912 in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada to Walter George Laberee and Henrietta Campbell (Currie) Laberee. (He was born in Pictou because his mother made a point of returning to her birthplace for the birth of both sons, but not her 3 daughters. This was purely a coincidence because obviously she couldn't have known what gender she was having before the kids were born.)

Dad returned to Pictou in 1923, age 11 and got into a fight w/a kid who insulted him because he was an American. He was actually still a British citizen, not naturalized until age 24. The other kid was likely a distant cousin. Dad won. He lived in Waltham, MA 1912-1917. Lived in Sudbury, MA 1917-1954, graduating from high school there in 1930.  Worked for Eastern Airlines, approx 1948-1977, in Boston, Atlanta, then back to Boston. Nov. 26, 1954 married Jeanie Emma Hyslop (1917-2003) of Fall River, MA. One daughter, Jane Anne Hyslop Laberee 1956- . No grandchildren. Lived in Atlanta 1954-1962. Lived in Swampscott, MA 1962-2005. Died at age 92, May 27, 2005, Beverly, MA. Interred in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, MA.

Other: 1) somewhere I have an anecdote written by my father of how he stopped a plane from taking off as he was walking by, off-duty, because from his unique vantage point, he could see hydraulic fluid squirting out. Ran toward the plane vigorously waving and gesturing to cut the engines (the throat-slash gesture, of course) Was later complimented by a superior officer on his perceptiveness.

2) While in France, my father befriended a local family who sometimes treated him to some fine native cuisine. After leaving France, he continued to send "care packages" to the family and I have a thank-you letter written from the mother of the family to my father's mother. It's in French, but I think I've translated it pretty well.

Wm. H. F. Laberee

Group shot under propeller,: only thing written on the back is "France".
Wm. H. F. Laberee is on the far right. No-one else is ID'd.

Wm. H. F. Laberee standing in front of "Bird Legs" plane. "France" written on reverse.

Unidentified man sitting on bomb. "Rivenhall, England" written on reverse

Group shot in front of "Blind Date" plane, Rivenhall, England.
L to R: Lt. Dwight H. Lowe, Engineering, 397/598,
M/Sgt. Anthony J. Blazicevich, MOS 752 Line, 397/598
M/Sgt. Wm. H. F. Laberee, Crew Chief, 397/598
M/Sgt. Douglas Melbourne Ames, Engineer Gunner, 397/598
M. Sgt. William T. Quarles, Engineer Gunner, 397/598
M/Sgt. Henry Schmidt, 397/598

Group shot outside barracks w/number ID's:
1) Sgt. Harold A. F. Heinze, Crew Chief, 397/598
2) Cpl. James W. McClanahan, Aircraft Mechanic, 397/598
3) Thomas W. Deaver, 397/598
4) Sgt. Robert E. L. Hoffman, 397/598
5) John A. Darnell, 397/598
6) Cpl. Chester A. Bauer, Chew Chief, 397/598 or Charles L. Bauer, MOS 405, 397 or Ubald L Bauer, Pilot, 397/598
7) Wilfred T. Trewer, 397/598, Aircraft Technician; 391/574, Tech
8) William H. Hill, Ground Support, 397/599
9) Frank P. Salemo, Assistant Crew Chief, 397/598
10) Cpl. Edwin E. Harris, Flight Engineer, 397/598
11) William J. Weir, Electrical, 397/598 or Robert Herman Weir, 397/596
12) Raymond W. LaBelle, 397/598
13) S/Sgt. James "Jim" M. Whalen, MOS 513, 397/598
14) Cpl. Arthur Souza Martin, MOS 513, 397/598
15) S/Sgt. Carl G. O'Dell, Crew Chief, 397/598
16) Sgt. Frank Ellsworth Miner, Jr. Engineer Gunner, 397/598
17) Odell Walker, MOS 747, 397/598
18) Cpl. Edward "Eddie" C. Coveleski, 397/598
19) Sgt. Carlyle Nicholas Taetsch, Crew Chief, 397/598
20) T/Sgt. Wm. H. F. Laberee, Crew Chief, 397/598


 "Irv Miller" is the only thing written on the back of this picture,
but the front is signed "To a real pal, Irv"

Two men beside "Keep off the Grass" sign: on back of picture, says "Andy & Jim,
MacDill Field, Sept. 1943". "Jim" has got to be Jim Whalen, also large group picture

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