Harley R. Stroven, Armaments Officer, 486th BG

Harley Russel Stroven, US 8th AF, 486th BG, 835th BS, on the deck of Discovery, London, England 1944-45
 
Harley R. Stroven 1st LT, Armaments Officer, USAAF, 8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group, 835th Bomb Squadron, Sudbury, England, Station 174. Harley filmed an 8 mm color movie 52 minutes long, to which he added narration 38 years later, showing what life was like for him in the 8th Air Force, 486th BG during World War II. He filmed the Sudbury air base, the local farms and communities, wartime London, his men loading bombs, a mission to Brest, France, a trip to Paris shortly after the German surrender, flying home across the Atlantic and other topics. His narration and 8 mm film created a permanent record of his time in service and a lasting legacy.
 
 
(Above) Harley R. Stroven's 8 mm color film of the 8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group, at Sudbury, England during 1944-45.
(Ray Prozinski was in the 486th beginning in March 1945)
See also the 2011 video interview of Bob Mallory, Tail Gunner, 486th BG)
 
Some of the historically important information in Harley Stroven's Film

Specific People appear in and are identified by name and rank in the film. The 486th BG website's personnel records provide additional information. Sometimes several people in the same squadron had the same last name. With the possible exception of Pat Malone, Pathfinder Radarman, they are all from the 8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group. This film footage of members of the Eighth Air Force in 1944-45 should be of great interest to their families and to later generations of distant and dispersed descendants doing family research on a search engine like Google. Since Harley Stroven supported a genealogy organization later in life, I think he would be pleased. 

Captain George E. McNeice

McNeice George E. Ops Staff 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Master Sergeant Hilliard

Hilliard George E. 835 Squadron
Hilliard Samuel A. 835 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Capt. Emmanuel Bornstein, Group Armament Officer,

Bornstein Emmanuel Armaments Off. CAPT HQ 486 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Lt. Hayward J. House 835th BS Radar Officer,

House Hayward J. 835 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Capt. R.M. Jones, 833 BS Engineering Officer,

Jones R. M. Engineering Off. Staff 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Capt. Charles T. Foster, 833 Armaments Officer,

Foster Charles T. 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Capt. Luther C. Hickerson Navigator

Hickerson Luther C. 833 Squadron

8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Raymond Baguley, Navigator from New Orleans,

Baguley Raymond Navigator Staff 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Sgt. King, 833 Armament,

King Charles A. 833 Squadron
King David T. 833 Squadron
King Harrison A. 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Major Lionel J. Cormear, Commander 833 BS,

Cormier Lionel J. CO Staff 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Pat Malone, Pathfinder Radar, 8th Air Force,

Major Edward M. "Eddie" Rex,

Rex Edward M. Ops Off. Staff 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Chaplain Robert L. Costner,

Costner Robert L. Chaplain 1st LT HQ 486 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Sgt. Sullivan,

Sullivan Bernard A. 835 Squadron
Sullivan James D. 834 Squadron
Sullivan John J. 834 Squadron
Sullivan Patrick F. 833 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Lt. James R. Stephans, Intelligence,

Stephans James R. 835 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Harley Russel Stroven, Armaments Officer, 8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Burton T. "Burt" Poole,

Poole Burton T. Adjutant Staff 835
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group, 835 Squadron 

James W. Little, Aircraft Mechanic,

Little James W. 835 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Robert G "R.G." Chilton, Pilot,

Chilton Robert G. Pilot Chilton 835 Squadron
8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group

Places, Buildings, and Landmarks as they appeared in 1944-45

Sudbury, England

Sudbury Air Base

Concrete Pillbox in town

Ye Olde Moot Hall

The 1818 Barn

Boxford, England

Hadley, England

The White Lion Inn

The civilian houses on the 486th BG air base

Lavenham, England

Windmills

The Packingham Mill (then 150 years old)

London, England

The Dickens Curiosity Shop

St. Paul's Cathedral

Hyde Park

Buckingham Palace

Serpentine River

Picadilly Circus

Scotts Polar Ship "Discovery"

Ships and boats on the Thames

Big Ben

Parliament

London Bridge (later moved to Arizona)

Tower Bridge

Paris Opera House

Paris Airport

Place D' Concorde

White Cliffs of Dover

Valley Wales

Goose Bay, Labrador

Bradley Field, Connecticut

Transportation and Specific Aircraft 1944-45

Steam Roller to repair roads

Bicycles

Many specific B-24s and B-17s with nose art and clear numbers

Superstitious Aloyitious

Red Raider

Green Hornet

Procedure for loading 500 pound bombs

Spitfire

RAF Gypsy Moth trainer biplane

C-47 towing a glider

One of the 2 planes lost on Sept. 5, 1944 on Mission 72 to the Brest Peninsula, France

Red Cross Donut Wagon

Double decker buses

The "Discovery" ship

The "Rosa Smith" ship from Sweden

Steam locomotives,

Goods Carriers

Horse taxis

Wood combustion car

An odd homemade car in Paris

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The Sudbury Heritage Centre and Museum has a good collection of still photos of the base online as does Caught on Camera, The Sudbury Photo Archives.
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Harley R. Stroven passed away on Oct. 29, 2002.
The 486th BG e-newsletter gave the following information:
 
Harley R. Stroven, Armaments Officer, 835th: 10/29/02
Harley passed away at Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont, MI. He was born Oct 11, 1921 in Fremont to G. D. and Redka Stroven. He served as a 1st LT in the USAAF as an Armament Officer of the 835th BS (H). In civilian life, he was a retired USPS employee. He was a member of First Reformed Church, and the Newaygo County Society of History and Genealogy. He was also the founder and owner of Windmill Gardens.

He married Barbara P. Train on August 9, 1945, and survives him along with three children: Dan E. Stroven of Grant, MI.; Timothy J. Stroven of Allegan, MI; and Jan L. (Douglas) Burton of Grand Haven, MI. Harley also leaves behind six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one sister, Genevieve Feller, of West Plains, MO.

He was preceeded in death by his half-brother, George W. Stroven; and by two half-sisters: Hazel Travis and Bertha Eisanach

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