Credits and References

And a dedication...

This site is dedicated to Mr. Jim Ridge and, more specifically, to his uncle, Mr. Mel Harms.

Mr. Harms served as a bombardier with the 38th Bombardment Squadron during WWII and it is a selection of photos from his collection, passed on to me by Jim Ridge (along with several more that he himself has collected), which served as the basis and inspiration for this website.

I am gratefully indebted to Jim for sharing these images with me so that I may share them with you, Joe Q. Public. I am also indebted to Mr. Harms. Not only for these wonderful photos of his but also for his service to his country during the darkest days of its existence. Dark days which, ironically, are also among its brightest. I fear we may never again see the likes of Mr. Harms and his comrades.

To you and your pals, Mel, we are all indebted...

All photos are courtesy of Jim Ridge and/or Mel Harms unless otherwise noted.

Online References and Resources Used in the Preparation of this Website

In no particular order...

Seventh Air Force 30th Bomb Group & 11th Bomb Group Memorial Web Site

Vandenberg Portal - Vandenberg AFB, Home of the 30th Space Wing

30th BG on Army Air

11th Bomb Group (H) on

B-24 Best Web

Consolidated B-24 Liberator on Joe Baugher's Site

Aircraft Serial Number Search

Printed References and Resources Used in the Preparation of this Website

In no particular order...

B-24 Nose Art Name Directory - by Wallace R. Forman, published by Specialty Press

Famous Aircraft Series: The B-24 Liberator - by Steve Birdsall, published by Arco

Famous Airplanes of the World #54, September, 1995: B-24 Liberator - published by Bunrindo

Air Force Colors Volume 3: Pacific and Homefront 1942-47 - by Dana Bell, published by Squadron/Signal

Classy Chassy - by Ian Logan and Henry Nield, published by A&W Visual Library

World War II Nose Art in Color - by Jeff Ethell, published by Motorbooks

Vintage Aircraft Nose Art - by Gary M. Valant, published by Motorbooks

For the Boys - by Max Allan Collins, published by Collector's Press

Planes, Names & Dames Vol. I 1940-1945 - by Larry Davis, published by Squadron/Signal

Osprey Airwar 22: USAAF Bomber Units - Pacific 1941-45 - by Eric Munday, published by Osprey


And lastly, various clippings and fragmented magazine articles...