US-167 509th Composite Group (B-29 atomic bombers) Grouping

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Items from the estate of Sgt Lawrence J. Miller USAAF, 509th Composite Group. Then-Corporal Lawrence was a member of the 393rd Bombardment Squadron Engineering and Armament Department. The 393rd Bombardment Squadron was the unit of the B-29 atomic bomb aircraft at Tinian in August 1945. The group photo (not included in this grouping) shows then-Cpl Miller in the top row (left column of names).

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The grouping includes the following:

-          Framed photo of the B-29 crew that dropped the Nagasaki bomb. Commanded by Maj Charles Sweeney, this was the crew that manned B-29 Bockscar for the Nagasaki mission (they were normally the crew of The Great Artiste). This crew in B-29 The Great Artiste also flew in the Hiroshima mission as observation/instrument plane, thus being the only B-29 crew that flew in both atomic bomb missions.

-          Framed photo of Sgt Miller in USAAF uniform.

-          Cardboard mounted photo of Sgt Miller (left) and his brother, Lynn, who was a SSgt in the US Army in the ETO.

-          Pledge to buy War Savings Stamps and Bonds, signed by Miller in 1942.

-          Boxed medals:

Army Good Conduct Medal with 3 ribbons and buttonhole ribbon, named on back to Lawrence J. Miller (this is the only medal that’s named).

American Campaign Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with ribbon with 2 battle stars

2        Victory in WWII Medals with ribbons

-          Insignia:

Plastic coated ribbon bar

Single ribbons for American Campaign Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 battle stars

Expert weapons qualification badge with Carbine bar (badge and bar are marked STERLING)

Sharpshooter weapons qualification badge with Rifle and Submachine gun bars (badge and Submachine gun bar are marked STERLING)

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US-167 509th Composite Group (B-29 atomic bombers) Grouping

US-167 509th Composite Group (B-29 atomic bombers) Grouping

Items from the estate of Sgt Lawrence J. Miller USAAF, 509th Composite Group. Then-Corporal Lawrence was a member of the 393rd Bombardment Squadron Engineering and Armament Department. The 393rd Bombardment Squadron was the unit of the B-29 atomic bomb aircraft at Tinian in August 1945. The group photo (not included in this grouping) shows then-Cpl Miller in the top row (left column of names).