22nd BOMB GROUP
DUCEMUS - We Lead!
Music
WABASH CANNONBALL
By Members of Her Crew

-1-
From the great Atlantic Ocean,
To the wide Pacific shore,
From the queen of flowing mountains,
To the South hills by the shore.

-2-
We're mighty rough for adventure,
But known quite well by all,
We're a mighty combination,
On the Wabash Cannonball.

-3-
Listen to the music,
The rumble and the roar,
As she takes off down the runway,
To fight the war once more.

-4-
Hear the mighty rush of the engines
That's known quite well by all.
We're going on to victory,
On a mission to Rabaul.

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-5-
Here's to Pappy Lewis

(Lt. Leon "Gilly" Lewis, pilot)
May his name forever stand
And long be remembered
In the state of old Queensland.

-6-
With "Good Deal" Brown beside him,

(Lt. Robert Brown, co-pilot)
Who's known and loved by all,
A mighty combination,
On the Wabash Cannonball.

-7-
Here's to Chris who brings us back,

(Lt. Pasquale "Pat" Christiano, navigator)
He charts our course for home.
He's never wrong, he'll never be,
No matter where we roam.

-8-
Here's to the members of the crew,

(Pfc. William Westland, gunner)
The lads who never fail,
To our hero Billy Westland,
Who got a Zero on our tail.

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Here's to dot-dash Scotty,

(Pfc. Raymond Scott, radio operator)
He's master at the code,
And when it comes to manning guns,
He shares most the load.

-10-
Here's to Jake the quiet guy,

(Pfc. Jacob Muehl , bombardier)
He hasn't much to say,
But when old trouble comes along,
He gives them hell to pay.

-11-
And don't forget our engineer,

(Sgt. Benjamin Earlichman, flight engineer)
Ben Early is his name,
At loving gals and shooting Japs,
That's how he gets his fame.

-12-
A mighty crew we give to you,
We'll be there at the call,
We're traveling on to glory,
On the WABASH CANNONBALL!

Marauder #40-1517. Identity of Airman in co-pilot's window unknown.
Marauder #40-1517. Identity of Airman in co-pilot's window unknown.
William Westland Collection

Cy Klimesh
cyklim@klimesh.com

I am proud to have served with the Red Raiders


Squadron insignia from THE MARAUDERS, courtesy of Bob Crawford

Keep 'em Flying!