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The 464th BG Short Rounds

Lindsey Tart's Photos and a Love Story


   After joining the 15th Army Air Corps in 1942, Lindsey B. Tart was shipped to North Africa with the rest of his unit. Lindsey spent a lot of time that year in the Libyan desert - moving across Africa as the bases were moved.
   Lindsey was transferred to the 465th Bombardment Group for a short time. Later, in 1943, he was assigned to the 464th Bomb Group. In 1944 Tart and the 464th Bomb Group were assigned to the new base in Pantanella, Italy.
   Although reluctant to change assignments, initially, Tart later told his family that he liked serving with the 464th.
   Tart liked to work with his hands, he was a skilled woodcarver. He liked to make things, he carved a wooden knife from the same type of wood that was used to build the cross for Christ's crucifixion. He had obtained the wood during a visit to Jerusalem .
   During Tart's service in the Libyan desert, he constructed a "diamond" ring from the plexiglas scavenged from a downed German fighter.
   He mailed the unique, handcrafted memento back home to North Carolina - to Hazel - whom he had been corresponding regularly with.
   Upon receipt of his gift, Hazel took him "at his word" and accepted the one-of-a-kind "proposal" that the gift intimated.
   The couple later married and became the proud parents of two children. The Tarts enjoyed 60 years of marriage following Lindsey's service in Pantanella.
   After all those years, the gift still makes a handsome necklace.

   Here are some of the photos that Lindsey brought back from Libya and Italy. Click on the thumbnail image to open a larger version in a new window. Close that window to return to this page.

[Photo] Flying through a flak attack.
Flying through a flak attack.

[Photo] Snow higher than the transport greets Tart upon his arrival in Pantanella, Italy.
Snow higher than the transport greets Tart upon his arrival in Pantanella, Italy.

[Photo] Snowy road during transport in Italy.
Snowy road during transport in Italy.


[Photo] Outdoor entertainment for our crews.
Outdoor entertainment for our crews.

[Photo]  A beautiful singer entertains our fellows..
A beautiful singer entertains our fellows.

[Photo] Barracks - site unknown.
Barracks - site unknown.


[Photo] A 464th Liberator over the target.
A 464th Liberator over the target.

[Photo] The 464th's B-24 Liberator - KIWI BIRD.
The 464th's B-24 Liberator
"KIWI BIRD".

[Photo] The 464th's B-24 Liberator PAPER DOLL.
The 464th's B-24 Liberator
"PAPER DOLL".


[Photo] A 464th B-24 Liberator.
A 464th B-24 Liberator.

[Photo] A 464th B-24 Liberator comes in for a landing.
A 464th B-24 Liberator
comes in for a landing.

[Photo] The 464th B-24 SHOO-SHOO BABY.
The 464th B-24
"SHOO-SHOO BABY"

[Photo] 464th Ground crewman, Lindsey B. Tart, inspects a jeep.
464th Ground crewman,
Lindsey B. Tart, inspects a jeep.


   


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