Photos for Crews: 828th Squadron
Amenson crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #12
Front Row, Left to Right: Donald L. Amenson, pilot; Joseph H. Scognamiglio, bombardier; Clayton W. Johnson, copilot, and John N. Olson, navigator. Back Row, Left to Right: Jasper W. Wilkinson, nose gunner; Herbert G. Mayer, radio operator; Russell E. Genaze, top gunner; Francisco D. Sanchez, ball gunner; Richard R. Douglass, tail gunner, and George E. Word, engineer. Amenson named his aircraft “Patty Ann”, after his daughter. This crew was shot down on 6/13/44 over Munich. Douglass was killed and the remainder of the crew became POWs. Johnson wasn’t on the mission. Lt. Entwistle was the copilot that day.
Baker crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #13
The men aren't identified in this photo, but the crew is identified as follows: Thomas Baker, pilot; Willie Pope, copilot; Leslie Black, navigator; James Speicher, bombardier; Gordon Simpson, flight engineer; Walter Huebner, radio operator; Robert Downey, top turret gunner; James Fales, tail gunner; John Randich nose gunner; and Kevin McGovern, ball gunner. The crew was shot down by fighters over northern Italy on July 20, 1944. On that day Fales Holcomb was flying as navigator and was killed. Black and Pope were not on the mission. Baker, Downey, Fales and Randich were killed and Huebner, McGovern and Simpson survived the war as POWs.
Ballengee crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #14
Front Row, Left to Right: Paul O’Brien, navigator; Chester Ballengee, pilot; William Scott, copilot, Peter Roncz, bombardier: Back Row, Left to Right: Richard Selby, engineer/waist gunner; William Mimmo, ball gunner; Earnest Johns, top turret gunner; Robert Johns, tail gunner; Gerard Howard, radio operator, waist gunner; John Wheeler, nose gunner. The assigned plane for this crew was Rough Deal Lucille. The crew completed 50 missions.
Barnholt crew-828th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Antonios Filou, navigator; Richard Barnholt, pilot; James Weikle, copilot, and Leonard Spitzer, bombardier. Back Row, Left to Right: Charles Lynch, ball gunner; Donald Parker, nose gunner; Henry Kachergis, top gunner; Herbert Whitehead, radio operator; Charles Lamb, flight engineer and John Moriarty, tail gunner. Filou became a lead navigator and was replaced by Leon France. The crew survived the war.
Bearden crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #15
Front Row, Left to Right: Randall Bearden, pilot; David Schaub, copilot; Robert Rogers, bombardier and Kennard Dotseth, navigator. Back Row, Left to Right: Royal Fow, radio operator; Melvin Sterling, flight engineer; James Flower, gunner; Raymond, Permenter, gunner; Gregory Lahay, gunner and Harold Burgess, gunner. This crew was shot down on the 7/8/44 mission to the Florisdorf Oil Refinery at Vienna. The entire crew died, except for Fow and Lahay, who missed the mission.
Beilstein crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #16
Front Row, Left to Right: Milton Sigworth, bombardier; Melvin Sieks, navigator; Theodore Beilstein, pilot and Jack Keith, copilot. Back Row, Left to Right: Wendell Tobler, gunner; John Klootwyck, gunner; John Presswood, gunner; Paul Sybrant, gunner, William Peters, flight engineer and Roland Rabenstein, radio operator. This was an original crew assigned to the 485th and the entire crew survived the war.
Bossart crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #10
Front Row, Left to Right: Elmer Ellis, bombardier; Gerald Johnson, copilot; Parke Bossart, pilot; Richard Wilson, navigator. Back Row, Left to Right: Elmo Nikkila, engineer/waist gunner; Donald Belmore, tail gunner; John Turnbell, top turret gunner; unknown; Stanley Turecki, radio operator/waist gunner; Roy Reiten, nose gunner. Missing from the photo is Maurice Brown. Most of this original crew, except for Belmore and Turnbell, were shot down by flak over Vienna on 6/26/44, the day the group received the DUC, flying their aircraft Sick Call. They became POWs.
Cribley crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #2
Front Row, Left to Right: Milford G. Brunner, radio operator; Anthony T. Seglia, nose gunner; Stanley E. Christopherson, tail gunner; Edward J. Murray, top gunner; Robert Silberman, engineer, and George W. Belk, ball gunner. Back Row, Left to Right: Donald H. Goddard, copilot; Clyde E. Cribley, pilot; William C. Hollowell, bombardier, and Lawrence B. Schoenfeld, navigator. This was an original crew. Their assigned plane was “Texas Star”, 41-29477H RC. Most of the crew finished their missions in late August/early September 1944. Hollowell was shot down on 6/28/44 on a Bucharest mission with Lt. Crouchley's crew and became a POW in Bulgaria.
Crouchley crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #9
Front Row, Left to Right: John “Dud” Crouchley, pilot; Allen Meister, bombardier; Forrest Leveille, navigator, and William Hays, copilot. Back Row, Left to Right: Ralph Perillo, gunner; Thomas Langstaff, tail gunner; Edward Johnson, ball gunner; Eugene Lascotte, nose gunner; Donald Turner, flight engineer, and William Van Meer, radio operator. This crew’s assigned plane was MissYankee Rebel. While flying another aircraft, this crew was shot down on the June 28, 1944 mission to Bucharest. They were severely damaged in a fighter attack and went down near the village of Churen. Crouchley stayed with the plane to allow the crew to get out safely and died when the plane crashed. Allen Meister was made squadron bombardier shortly before the mission was flown and was replaced by William Hollowell. Leveille was replaced by John Wilson. Except for Crouchley, the others on the crew survived the war as Bulgarian POWs.
Eden crew-828th Sqdn-Original crew #6
Front Row, Left to Right: Charles O’Neal, asst. crew chief; Karl Anderson, crew chief. Second Row, Left to Right: Harold Julin, copilot; Henry Freitas, navigator; Stanley Tanca, bombardier; Clarence Eden, pilot. Back Row, Left to Right: Joseph Morrone, ball gunner; Charles McGinn, engineer/ waist gunner; Robert Beamish, radio operator/waist gunner; Huston Register, top turret gunner; Richard Mattison, nose gunner; Sammy Schneider, tail gunner. This original crew completed 50 missions. Their assigned aircraft was The Lady.
Fritz crew-828th Squadron-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Jack Gough, radio operator/waist gunner; Charles Panagos, ball gunner; David Meeting, tail gunner; Jack Bersack, top turret gunner; Clifford Parli, nose gunner; Ed Beeson, waist gunner. Standing, Left to Right: William Fritz, pilot; Norman Lynch, copilot; Willard Smith, bombardier, and Jerome Feldman, navigator. Lynch was seriously wounded on the 12/29/44 mission to Verona. Feldman bailed out over the Adriatic on 2/19/45 and was wounded, while flying with McKeon’s crew, but returned and finished his missions. Most of the crew finished their missions.
Gigowski crew-828th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Ed DeKostic, bombardier; Carl Gigowski, pilot; Davis May, copilot; Joseph Durst, navigator. Back Row, Left to Right: Jack Spafford, top turret gunner; Joseph Salese, ball gunner; Lewis Junior, tail gunner; Freeman Shindledecker, engineer/waist gunner; Ford McMillan, radio operator/waist gunner; Herbert Little, nose gunner. This crew arrived at Venosa in October 1944. The crew survived the war.
Gilliland crew-828th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Philip Smagula, flight engineer/op turret; Edward Yerzak, radio operator; Ray Harper, tail gunner; Paul Kaplan, nose gunner; Bill Williams, ball gunner, and Earl Sasser, waist gunner. Back Row, Left to Right: Carl Grace, copilot; Martin Van Kirk, navigator; Avery Gilliland, pilot, and Don Crouch, bombardier. Avery Gilland was killed on his first mission, flying as copilot on Lindell’s crew on the December 26, 1944 mission to Blechhammer. The crew then received Ed Deegan as their first pilot and Duke Wareham from Lindell’s crew replaced Grace. The rest of the crew survived the war.
Hartnett crew-828th Sqdn-Crew #1
Front Row, Left to Right: Leonard Kraus, navigator; George Fritch, bombardier; Tom Mahon, copilot; Don Harnett, pilot. Back Row, Left to Right: Roy Abramson, tail gunner; Ray Custer, radio operator/waist gunner; Lawless Clark, engineer/waist gunner; unknown; Alfred Belter, ball gunner; August Forster, nose gunner. Missing from photo Grover M. Comer, top turret gunner. This original crew completed 51 missions. Records show that Mahon also flew as a 1st pilot. The assigned plane for this crew was The Jerrie Ann.