Photos for Crews: 830th Squadron
Adams crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
This is a photo of the Clarence ("CD") Adams crew, taken prior to the 2/23/45 mission to Bruck, Austria. Front Row, Left to Right: Van Anagnost, ball gunner; Clarence Adams, pilot; Bernard Reagan, nose gunner, and Lemar Sharpe, engineer/waist gunner. Back Row, Left to Right: John Sellers, bombardier and navigator; Morris Rabinovitz, copilot; Claude Smith, radio operator/waist gunner; James McGinley, top gunner, and Willie Bates, tail gunner. John Byrne, the navigator/bombardier on the crew, was replaced on this one mission by Sellers. For the rest of the crew it was their 13th mission, and they decided to take a photo of the crew before the mission. Their plane was severely damaged by flak and the crew was forced to bail out over Yugoslavia. They were all picked up by the Partisans and flown back to Italy the same day. The ball gunner (Van Anagnost) and the bombardier/navigator (John Sellers) were both injured, but returned to duty.
Ash crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row: Left to Right; Lloyd A. Shinn (Co-Pilot), Eugene J. Pelletier (Engineer), Walter A. Malecki (Tail Gunner), Harold L. Bierly (Radio Operator). Back Row: Left to Right; Stanley J. Ash (Pilot), Daryl L. Grove (Bombardier), Robert B. Brower (Nose Gunner). Donald R. Masters (Ball Gunner), David S. Goodenough (Navigator). Missing from the photo is Chauncey G. Loyons, Jr, who was killed while flying with Shackleford's crew on January 8, 1945. The plane crashed shortly after take-off. The rest of the crew survived the war.
Bacon crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Ed Reifer, bombardier; Howard Peters, copilot; Burke Hammond, instructor pilot, and Malcolm Bacon, pilot. Back Row, Left to Right: Robert Regnier, navigator; William Herzler, tail gunner; Warren Gorman, waist gunner; Robert Henrichsen, ball gunner; James Cundiff, flight enginner/top turret; Herbert Barber, waist gunner, and Robert Baldwin, nose gunner. This crew arrived at Venosa in December 1944. Regnier was killed on January 20, 1945, flying with another crew, returning from the Linz mission, when the aircraft ditched in the Adriatic. Reifer was shot down on April 11, 1945, while flying with Rodreick’s crew, on the Campo di Trens mission to northern Italy. He survived the war as a POW.
Baytala crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
The members of this crew consisted of: Simon Baytala, pilot; Leo Keating, copilot; John McCarthy, navigator; Frank Hammett, bombardier; John Koporeck, flight engineer; Frank Fazzary, radio operator; Daniel Doyle, tail gunner; Art Seidel, nose gunner; Richard Wagner, ball gunner, and Sgt. ______Peterson, gunner. The ones positively identified in the photo are McCarthy, second from left in the back row and Keating, third from the left in the back row. This early replacement crew arrived in Italy in July 1944. McCarthy was severely injured in his right arm and eye and was sent home. Frank Hammett took over both the bombardier and navigator responsibilities at that time.
Boling crew-830th Sqdn-Original crew #41
Front Row, Left to Right: William "Buzz" Boling, pilot; Melvin Taylor, bombardier; Bill Cummings, copilot; Earl Harris, navigator. Back Row, Left to Right: Francis Harpole, top turret gunner; Everett Peterson, nose gunner; Bill Devore, gunner; John Moore, radio operator; Warren Lubenow, gunner, and James Hunter, flight engineer. This crew’s assigned plane was Buzz Job, named for their pilot. Earl Harris, the navigator, was killed on the July 20, 1944 mission to Friedrichschafen and several of the crew were wounded. The 9 survivors from this mission finished their missions and returned safely. Buzz Job completed more than 100 missions.
Bryson crew-830th Sqdn-Original crew #44
Front Row, Left to Right: Floren George, copilot; Orest Zorena, navigator; Robert Catlin, bombardier, and Vern Bryson, pilot. Back Row, Left to Right: Paul Harris, flight engineer; Hovey Ball, radio operator; Albert O’Brien, gunner; Edmund O’Neil, gunner; Allen Corbin, gunner, and William Beggs, gunner. This crew’s assigned plane was Our Baby. Most of the crew completed 50 missions. O’Brien was shot down over Munich on July 19, 1944 while flying with Captain Sandall’s crew and survived the war as a POW.
Crabill crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Back Row, Left to Right: Bueford C. Cooper, copilot; George A. Crabill, pilot; William E. Deats, bombardier; Robert G. Magee, navigator, and William D. Gullickson, radio operator. Front Row, Left to Right: John A. Gumbold, tailgunner; Donald A. Kogos, top turret; George A. Montri, nosegunner, Robert L. Schotman, flight engineer; Melvin C. Chynoweth, ballgunner. This crew was a replacement crew and was still at Venosa when the war ended.
Davis crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right : Albert G. Dupuis, ballgunner; Isidore Kozatch, engineer/waist gunner; Tony M. Gallegos, tailgunner; Edward Gunn, radio operator/top turret; Harold P. Dupuy, nosegunner, and Andrew Dougherty, waist gunner. Back Row, Left to Right: Herman G. Davis, pilot; William C. Baggs, bombardier; Charles Parker, copilot, and Jesse Hartley, navigator. According to Ed Gunn, this crew was the first replacement crew in the 830th Squadron, arriving in May, 1944. The entire crew completed 50 missions and left Italy in September, 1944.
Douthit crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Robert Driscoll, flight engineer; Dan Matthews, gunner; unknown, James LaRue, radio operator; Chester Curtis, nosegunner, and Steve Lambrecht, gunner. Back Row, Left to right: Thomas Douthit, pilot; Garlon Brown, copilot; Charles McClune, navigator and unknown bombardier. It appears that Clyde Corbitt, gunner, is not in this photo. This crew arrived in Italy in February 1945. The entire crew survived the war, but was wounded on the 4/11/45 mission to the Campo di Trens railroad bridge. Driscoll and Curtis were also wounded during the war.
Famiglietti crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Rocco Famiglietti, pilot; Samuel Williams, copilot; John Strang, bombardier, and Philip Frleta, navigator. Back Row, Left to Right: Harold L Enochs Jr, radio operator/waist gunner; Glenn Begley, flight engineer/waist gunner; Torsten Sandvik, tailgunner; Arthur Netznik, top gunner; James West, nosegunner, and Duncan White, ballgunner. Famiglietti’s crew arrived at Venosa in September 1944, having flown a plane overseas from Topeka, Kansas. One of the crew, Glenn Begley, was wounded on a mission. The primary planes flown by this crew were Nudist Kay II and Nudist Kay III. The crew was still at Venosa when the last mission was flown, having completed most of their missions.
Fedell crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Walter Michalke, navigator; Dick Fedell, pilot, and Jim Barrett, copilot. Back Row, Left to Right: Aaron Schames, tail gunner; Robert Greer, ball gunner; Gale Prince, radio operator/waist gunner; Charles Branstetter, flight engineer/waist gunner and Robert Wheeler, top turret gunner. Missing from the photo is Peter Mikulak, nose gunner. Mikulak died of injuries sustained from a low-altitude bail-out after the 2/19/45 mission to Pola. Also missing from the photo is Sam Barrett, bombardier. Barrett became a “mickey” operator. Alvin Eichel replaced Mikulak as nose gunner. Michalke often flew as a lead navigator after his arrival in Italy. The crew was still in Italy when the war ended.
Foran crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Warren Irelan, ball gunner; James Parsons, nose gunner; Lloyd Brinkman, tail gunner; Leroy Daniels, radio operator/Panther operator and Herman Martin, flight engineer. Back Row, Left to Right: Edward Pawlicki, bombardier; Laverne Foran, pilot; Earl Schiffmaker, navigator, and Howard Boxley, copilot. This crew arrived in Italy in September 1944. The entire crew survived the war. Several of the crew completed their missions. Martin was wounded in the arm on a Linz mission. Parsons suffered frostbite on one foot. When the group disbanded, those on the crew who hadn’t finished their missions were transferred to the 460th Bomb Group.
Gambrill crew-830th Sqdn-Replacement crew
Front Row, Left to Right: Jack Peters, tail gunner: David Rowe, top turret gunner: Wesley Giese, waist gunner; Calvin Capps, ball gunner; George Liebling, radio operator and Bloyce Hargrave, flight engineer. Back Row, Left to right: Merton Bilsky, bombardier; Edwin Piper, navigator; John Biles, copilot and Donald Gambrill, pilot. Biles became a 1st pilot and most of the crew stayed with him. Gambrill became a flight leader and was shot down and killed on 4/120/45 Biles, Bilsky, Hargrave, Liebling, Capps, Giese and Peters were all killed when their plane went down in the Adriatic returning from the 1/20/45 mission to Linz, Austria.