Chronology of Bloom's Tombs

Numbers I to IX

1.22 March 1944406th leaves Camp Shanks, New York for Liverpool, England, on H.M.S. (His Majesties Ship) "The Sterling Castle".
2.4 April 1944406th Fighter Group arrives at Liverpool, England.
3.5 April 1944406th arrives at ALG 417, near Ashford, England.
4.9 May 1944406th's first Operational Mission over France.
5.8 June 1944Lt. Hall made belly landing in "BLOOM'S TOMB" No. "I". Hydraulic system on left wheel failed. Pilot uninjured.
6.29 June 19441st Lt L.C. Beck, flying P47D 42-8473, MIA. Beck crash landed in enemy territory in France, and was sheltered by members of the French Underground. The plane he was flying that day was "BLOOM' S TOMB II".
7.10 Sept 1944Lt. Dorsey flying "BLOOM'S TOMB (probably No. III), hit by flak and had to make a belly landing on "Front Line" between Americans and Germans, at Louisville, France. Pilot rescued by an American Infantry Non-Com. Returned to Squadron two days later.
8.11 Sept - 21 Oct 1944We have no information, written or pictorial, to tell us what may or could have happened to "BLOOM'S TOMB IV" and "V".
9.22 Oct 1944Capt. Lewin-Epstein, flying "R" a P-47D-28 44-19747, on strafing mission of Marshalling Yard, hit steel pole and tore off 4 feet 8 inches of left wing. Made VERY HOT landing at A-80, Mourmelon, France. Pilot O.K., ship dropped off to Sub-Depot. A photo in S/Sgt E. C. Matzel's collection of plane showing damaged wing has notation on back of photo indicating this was "BLOOM's TOMB VI".
10.2 Dec 1944Maj Kelly and Capt Van Bloom leave for States, for 30 day Leave.
11.17 Dec 1944Lt. Don Dorman, flying "S", a P47D-28 44-20081 which Dorman is positive carried the name "BLOOM'S TOMB", hit by flak; pilot bailed out. Captured by German troops and became POW. If plane was "BLOOM'S TOMB", it was No. VII.
12.30 Dec 1944Lt. Pittala, flying "R" a P47D-28 44-19747, MIA. According to eyewitness report of Col. G.I. Ruddell, who was leading that flight, Lt Pittala was KIA. So Bloom's Tomb VI got a new wing at the Sub-Depot and since Capt Van Bloom was in the states it was likely issued to another pilot.
13.11 Feb 1945Gained new ship, P47D-30 44-33182 "R". Van Graffeiland's Operational Log showed no further record of that plane, so it could have been assigned to someone else.
14.13 Feb 1945Maj Kelly and Capt Van Bloom rejoin Sqdn.
15.15 Feb 1945Gained new ship P47D-30 44-33087 "R". This happened at Asch, Belgium, and according to photos and written records, this was "BLOOM'S TOMB VIII". Crew Chief, John Orr; Armorer, J.Richard Bulford; Assistant Crew Chief, Sgt. Glen Pendelton.

Have no idea when or why "BLOOM'S TOMB IX" P47D-30 44-33353 was assigned to the 514th and to Capt Van Bloom, but it probably was after 5 June 1945, after the 406th Fighter Group moved to R-56, at Nordholz, Germany.

I'm in hopes that someone in the 514th Squadron can fill in some of the gaps in the above chronology.