Virtual Museum

This page represents our vitual museum which displays various militaria from members of the 486th Bomb Squadron.  The items are identified if possible.  We are always looking for more items  to share.   If you have an item and would like to add it to the display just send a photo along with the  history and I will add it to our virtual museum.                                                                                                 

486th Bomb Squadron Patch 1st Variation

This is an early patch most likely made prior to the units arrival on Corsica.  The Avengers in bullion at the bottom of the patch is in reference to the 340th Bomb Group known as the Avengers.

Captain Nelson L. Dozier is shown here wearing an example of this patch style.


486th Bomb Squadron Patch
2nd Variation


This is a 2nd variation of the squadron patch and the most common. Lt Fred Mayhew is wearing an example of this style

486th Bomb sqaudron Patch
3rd Variation


This patch is painted on leather and is identified to 1st Lt. Paul N. Gilley.  Paul served with the unit from May of 44 to January of 45.

It was most likely painted at the end of his tour to represent his time with the unit.  Notice the 70 bombs representing the number of combat missions he flew with the unit, as well as the countries he flew missions over.

486th Bomb Squadron Patch, 4th variation

This was Lt Bill Laney's patch,  he was assigned to the unit from Feb 44 to August 1944

486th Bomb Squadron Patch, 5th variation

This is another patch that belonged to Lt. Bill Laney

Deke Slayton's 486th Bomb Squadron patch, 6th variation

This patch belonged to Deke Slayton, who later went on to NASA and was one of the original Mercury 7 crew.  The patch is attached to his flight jacket from WWII on display at the Kennedy Space Center.  The patch appears to be a combination of cloth and leather, embroidery on a leather patch.

486th Bomb Squadron patch, 7th variation

This version is made by the same manufacturer as the 2nd variation, they are almost identical with the exception of the outer portion being cut away, though it could have been made this way.  Though hard to tell the photo below depicts Lt Paul Gilley wearing this style.

486th bomb squadron patch, identified to aerial gunner carney. h. dowlen

This is another variation of the painted 486th patch.  It belonged to Joseph Yarworski, a Radio Operator with the squadron.  This patch is unique.  It's hard to tell in the picture but the words Keller's Killers and 486th bomb squadron are stamped into the leather.  On the back the initials A.S. or A.J. and 250 are written.


1st Anniversary Program for the 340th Bomb Group
2nd Anniversary program for
     the 340th Bomb Group
340th Bomb Group 
   Christmas Card



This is an A-2 Flight Jacket Identified to Carney H. Dowlen.  He was a radio gunner who got to the squadron in May of 1944.  Note the bombs stenciled on the left.  They signify the number of missions he flew.


The following is from the collection of Brian Walter.  It contains the memorabilia for Lt William Overly Jr.  He was a pilot with the squadron from Dec 44 to July 45

A-2 Flight Jacket       
   and B-2 Hat

This flight jacket and hat belongs to Nick Loveless, a tail gunner and mission photographer from the 486th bomb squadron.  The jacket has the 340th group patch as well as the 12th air force painted patch on the shoulder.  The leather wings can bee seen about the group patch.  On the opposite side you can see the number of missions he flew with the words finished the war written in Italian.  The 486th spent a majority of the war stationed at various bases in and around Italy.

  486th Bomb Squadron

    340th Bomb Group

© 2015 by  J. C. Gilley  Last updated  2019

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