1943 — North Africa -Italy
Lt Roy Mundell married Miss Betsy Ann Hilland 12 Nov. 1942 at Columbia, AAB, SC at the Post-Chapel. Lt Mundell was in intensive training in the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber preparing to leave for Combat in an unknown assignment..... the 321st Bomb Group was given the direction and orders were read after the entire Bomb Group had left Morrison Field, Fla. on 12 Feb. 1943 for North Africa, the SOUTHERN Route.
Lt Roy Mundell was friends with both Dan McDuff and Honore Ligarde, Probably school-mates and joined together.... or very close. They were all 3 accepted directly into the US Army Air Corps. Dan McDuff became a Pilot... Roy Mundell and Honore Ligarde both were Commissioned Navigators/ Bombardiers and were all assigned to the 321st Bomb Group.
Lt Dan McDuff was given to the 447th Bomb squad while both Roy and Honore went to the 448th Bomb Squad and all went over to North Africa in the [now famous] Gen Bob Knapp Flight over the Atlantic" in a single mass without loss, in Feb. 1943 to fly Combat Missions in the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber out of North Africa/Italy/Corsica.
Roy Mundell was married and living in Harlington, TX and an Officer in the USAF at Lackland AFB, TX when he was tragically struck down with a Cerebral Hemorrhage. Roy passed the next day without waking up from surgery. Roy was only 31 Years old and is buried at Killeen, Texas.
(see his "Find-a-Grave" link on the Left under the Map)
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st Bomb Group Historian and 57th Bomb Wing Historical Research Team Member with John T Fitzgerald and Patti Johnson. PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com