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In 1943, crews of the 462d Bomb Group were training at Walker AAF near Hays, Ks.
One such crew was commanded by Captain Albert Abranovic

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Abranovic Crew at Walker AFB, 1943

Standing-L- R: A. Shamey- NAV, R.THOMPSON- FE, A. ABRANOVIC -AC,
A. BELCHER-B, D. SWORN- P
Kneeling: A. STEIN, P. MYERS-RO, O.WATSON, R. HAYDEN- RADAR,
W. RAGLAND- CFC, GIBSON

In April 1944, the crew and their plane named RAMP TRAMP flew to India. They would fly combat missions from China; back and forth across THE HUMP

 

On 30 July the crew of Capt. Jarrell flew RAMP TRAMP on a mission and had to make a forced landing at Vladivostok, Russia. The crew was interned and the aircraft was reverse-engineered by the engineers of Tupolev Aircraft to become the Tu-4
Meanwhile, the Abranovic crew got another plane and named it RAMP TRAMP II and applied similar nose art.

Photo below is of the FE, Rudy “Tommy” Thompson in front of the new plane

On April 29, 1945 RAMP TRAMP and crew arrived at West Field Tinian....and the plane was given to another crew !

So The Abranovic crew got another B-29 and named it PHONY EXPRESS




Below: Paul Myers- RO in the cockpit


On 16 May, they took off on a mission to bomb Nagoya, but a fire in an engine caused an air abort and bail-out by the crew. Luckily, they were only airborn about 8 minutes so the crew landed on North Field or in the channel between Tinian and Saipan.


PHONY EXPRESS was destroyed in a crash near North Field



Reports following crash
(Please click on each report below to see full size,
when finished click back arrow to return to the web site)

 

 

 

All the crew survived, had some R&R time, were dispersed to other crews to complete their tours. Paul Dean Myers flew his final mission on 29 July 1945 His log indicated 18:50 hours to Aomori and back.

On 12 August, with 18 1⁄2 HUMP missions credited and 35 missions, he boarded an LST bound for San Francisco

On Beritania Ave, Honolulu, 1942

Many thanks to Paul Myers for the information on this web page. I have some photos of Paul, Carole and Colleen, but they were not able to be transferred. If Paul or his family member will get in touch with me and send me photos, I would love to share them here.

- Sallyann Wagoner and Rick Feldmann