Larry Bachman, B-24 Pilot/Co-pilot & AT-6 Instructor

Larry Bachman at the 8th AFHS-Mn table at Blaine Aviation Days 2012 
(L to R:) Bob Clemens, Jim Rasmussen, Dick Hill, Larry's Nurse, Larry Bachman, A member of the appreciative public. 

Lawrence W. Bachman (Larry) b. Aug 20, 1923, Grew up 5928 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; Enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. Aviation cadet: College Training Detachment, Arkansas; Primary Flight Training: Muskogee, OK; Basic Flight Training: Coffeyville, KS; Advanced Flight Training: Altus, OK; Taught instrument flying; Crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary; USAAF, 8th Air Force, 2nd Div., 392 Bomb Group, 577 Bomb Squadron, Wendling, England. B-24 Co-Pilot (B. Ray Shaw Crew), Larry flew as the command pilot from the right seat on most missions. Mission 1: Dec. 6, 1944 to Biefeld, Germany. Of 10 planes, only his made it back to base. Mission 4: Dec 29, 1944 to Neufeld, Germany. Two antiaircraft shells hit the plane, fuel lines and fuel pumps were hit, and fuel leaked massively into the plane. He then flew 60 mi. on one engine to France. Larry was credited with 30 missions. According to Larry he flew 25 missions and was credited with 5 more because some were very hazardous (See p. 7 of The Greatest Generation of Silver Wings.)  He flew the B-24 "Wimpy's Queen / YMCA Flying Service" and they were the alternate lead plane on most missions. Brother Roy was killed in Luzon, Philippines. Life after WWII: Bachman's Floral, AT-6 Instructor in the Reserves, Zuhruh Shriner, Pres. 8th AFHS-Mn. Many great-grandchildren. 

Larry Bachman introducing a DVD at the April 6, 2011 8th AFHS-Mn luncheon. Larry was interviewed about his many 8th Air Force experiences during WWII. The video was originally produced for a June 2010 Cable TV program "Out and About in Richfield." (57 min. Downloadable MP3 Audio File available below) Also, Click here for the full 1 hour VIDEO from the Out and About in Richfield website.

To read an account of Larry's time in service (with photos), see also Don Ward’s book, The Greatest Generation of Silver Wings (2004) pp. 3-8. ISBN 0-9654964-0-8. The Memorial Press.

(Above: "Let's Eat" 4-6-2011 luncheon)
(Below, Seated left to right) Larry Bachman, Larry Taylor, Earl Joswick, and Dave Dahlberg. Manning the Air Expo 2010 tables.
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8th AFHS-MN Luncheon, January 26, 2011
Lawrence W. Bachman, B-24 Pilot/Co-pilot, United States Army Air Forces, Eighth Air Force, 2nd Division, 392nd Bomb Group (Wendling Air Base, England); also AT-6 Pilot Instructor, Korean War
Liberators Over Europe 1942-45 (Focuses on 8th AF 2nd Division's history with good footage of B-24s on combat missions)


Larry Bachman passed away on Sunday September 22, 2013 at 11:30 am.
Lawrence W. Bachman
Was born on August 20, 1923 and passed away on September 22, 2013. Larry was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Olga Bachman, his brother Roy and his beloved wife Louise. Larry is survived by his sons Lee and Dale (wife Ruth); his grandchildren Mark, Andrew, Jonathan, Bryan, and Anna (Itman); and his great-grandchildren Julia, Michael, Harvey, William, David, Amy, Joel and Tatum. There will be a visitation at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel on Sunday afternoon, 9/29 from 3-6PM. The funeral service will be at Richfield Lutheran Church, 60th and Nicollet South, Minneapolis, at 11:00AM on Monday, 9/30, with visitation one hour before the service. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to Richfield Lutheran Church Shriners Hospitals for Children - Twin Cities, Minnesota Masonic Home - Bloomington, Salvation Army of Minneapolis, or donor's choice. Complete notice Saturday and Sunday. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100