Alexander, Thomas E. Rattlesnake Bomber Base. Abilene, Texas: State House Press, 2005.; Lindsey genealogy, 2010.

Bartsch, William H. Every Day A Nightmare, College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2010.

Bergerud, Eric M. Fire In The Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2001.

Birdsall, Steve. Flying Buccaneers: The Illustrated Story of Kenney’s Fifth Air Force. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1977.

Bryson, Bill. In a Sunburned Country. Broadway Books, 2000.

Bowman, Martin. B-17 Flying Fortress Units of the Pacific War. Botley Oxford: Osprey, 2003.

Bowman, Martin. B-17 Combat Missions. London: Elephant Book Company, 2007.

Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation. New York: Dell Publishing, 2001.

Carson, Lt. Col. Eugene (Ret). Wing Ding-Memories of a Tail Gunner. United States of America: Xlibris Corporation, 2000.

Edmonds, Walter D. They Fought With What They Had. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951.

Darnell, Doris Lindsey. Memoirs. Reno, Nevada: Frandsen Humanities Press, 2001.

Dunn, Peter. Australia at War. 5th Air Force USAAF in Australia during WWII. 2015.

Freeman, Roger A. B-17 Fortress at War. London: Ian Allan LTD. 1977.

Freeman, Roger A. The B-17 Flying Fortress Story. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., 1998.

Gamble, Bruce. Fortress Rabaul. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press, 2010.

Hardison, Priscilla. The Suzy-Q. with Anne Wormser. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1943.

Harrison, Richard Edes. Mercator Projection of S.W. Asia. 1942.

Haugland, Vern. The AAF Against Japan. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1948.

Jablonski, Edward. Flying Fortress. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1965.

Kenney, George C. General Kenney Reports. New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1949.

Mingos, Howard. American Heroes of the War in the Air. New York: Lanciar Publishers, Inc, 1943.

Mitchell, John H. In Alis Vicimus, On Wings We Conquer. Springfield, MO: G.E.M. Publishers, 1990.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Two Ocean War. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1963.

Nielsen, Peter. Diary of WWII North Queensland. Smithfield, QLD: Nielsen Publishing, 1993.

Rorrison, James D. Nor the Years Contemn: Air War On The Australian Front 1941 – 42. Hamilton Central, Q. James Ferguson PTY LTD, 1992.

Salecker, Gene Eric. Fortress Against the Sun. United States of America: De Capo Press, 2001.

Sinton, Russell L. The Menace from Moresby. San Angelo, Texas: Newsfoto Publishing Company.

Seekee, Vanessa. Horn Island, In Their Steps 1939-45. Riverwood, NSW: Ligare Pty. Ltd., 2002.

Taggart, William C. & Cross, Christopher. My Fighting Congregation. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1943.

Toll, Ian W. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012.

Walker, Howell. American Bombers Attacking from Australia. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, January 1943.

Waters, Damian. Beau’s, Butchers, & Boomerangs-Mareeba. Brisbane, Queensland Australia: Watson Ferguson & Company, 2003.

White, W. L. Queens Die Proudly. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.

Willmott, H. P. B-17 Flying Fortress. Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, 1980.


Magazines and Newspapers

Time Magazine. “Last Parade”; February 22, 1943.

Rattlesnake Bomber Base Magazine. Public Relations Office Army Air Base: Published by University Supply and Equipment Co. Fort Worth, Texas; 1943.

Call, Tomme, ed. The Rattler. Pyote (TX) Pyote Army Airfield Public Relations Office: October 27, 1943. cover; p.4.

Koops, Pfc. E.C., ed. The Rattler. Pyote (TX) Pyote Army Airfield Public Relations Office: April 26, 1945.

La Junta Daily Tribune, December 1, 1942; January 12, 1943.

“Medal Presentations.” Rattlesnake Bomber Base, The Rattler, CD-ROM. Hearst Metrotone, News, Oct, 1943.

Koshare Indians. Explorer Post 2230, La Junta, Colorado. 1951.

19th Bomb Group History, WWI-WWII-Korea, Philippines, Java, Guam, CD-ROM. Landau

“Sgt. Elder Tells of Battles over South China Sea” La Junta Daily Tribune, January 12, 1943.

Hank Stratton, “Gunner returns to 1942 crash site,” Clarion News; September 25, 1997.



Ferrell, Bud, “The 19th Bomb Group.”

McAuliffe, Lt. Harold C. and DeShazo, Lt. Alexander D. “The 30th Squadron,” Pyote, Texas, February 1943.

Summary Table: Planes destroyed in Philippines, 1941; Planes destroyed in Java, 1942; Planes destroyed in/ operating Australia, 1942. By Colonel Frank Cappelletti USAF, 19th BG veteran. Courtesy of Rose Cappelletti, wife of the Colonel.


Official Documents

War Department; Headquarters, Fifth Air Force, November 7, 1942. Letter sent by General George C. Kenney, Commanding General of Allied Air Forces in Southwest Pacific Area to Lerenna Elder. Decoration of Silver Star to Sgt. Vernon Elder for gallantry in action over Vunakanau Airdrome, Rabaul, New Britain.

16 January, 1943

General Orders # 11 Section I

ELDER, VERNON Sgt. 6291168 30th Bomb Squadron




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