Amenson crew - 828th Squadron - Original crew #12
Front Row, L - R: Donald L. Amenson, Pilot; Joseph H. Scognamiglio, Bombardier; Clayton W. Johnson, Co-Pilot; John N. Olson, Navigator.
Back Row, L - R: Jasper W. Wilkinson, Nose Gunner; Herbert G. Mayer, Radio Operator; Russell E. Genaze, Top Turret 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 Co-Pilot that day.
Baker crew - 828th Squadron - Original crew #13
The men aren't identified in this photo, but the crew is identified as follows: Thomas Baker, Pilot; Willie Pope, Co-Pilot; 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 Squadron - Original crew #14
Front Row, L - R: Paul O’Brien, Navigator; Chester Ballengee, Pilot; William Scott, Co-Pilot, Peter Roncz, Bombardier
Back Row, L - R: 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 Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Antonios Filou, Navigator; Richard Barnholt, Pilot; James Weikle, Co-Pilot; Leonard Spitzer, Bombardier.
Back Row, L - R: Charles Lynch, Ball Gunner; Donald Parker, Nose Gunner; Henry Kachergis, Top Turret 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 Squadron - Original crew #15
Front Row, L - R: Randall Bearden, Pilot; David Schaub, Co-Pilot; Robert Rogers, Bombardier; Kennard Dotseth, Navigator.
Back Row, L - R: Royal Fow, Radio Operator; Melvin Sterling, Flight Engineer; James Flower, Gunner; Raymond, Permenter, Gunner; Gregory Lahay, Gunner; 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 Squadron - Original crew #16
Front Row, L - R: Milton Sigworth, Bombardier; Melvin Sieks, Navigator; Theodore Beilstein, Pilot and Jack Keith, Co-Pilot.
Back Row, L - R: Wendell Tobler, Gunner; John Klootwyck, Gunner; John Presswood, Gunner; Paul Sybrant, Gunner, William Peters, Flight Engineer; Roland Rabenstein, Radio Operator.
This was an original crew assigned to the 485th and the entire crew survived the war.
Bossart crew - 828th Squadron - Original crew #10
Front Row, L - R: Elmer Ellis, Bombardier; Gerald Johnson, Co-Pilot; Parke Bossart, Pilot; Richard Wilson, Navigator.
Back Row, L - R: 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 Squadron - Original crew #2
Front Row, L - R: Milford G. Brunner, Radio Operator; Anthony T. Seglia, Nose Gunner; Stanley E. Christopherson, Tail Gunner; Edward J. Murray, Top Turret Gunner; Robert Silberman, Engineer; George W. Belk, Ball Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Donald H. Goddard, Co-Pilot; Clyde E. Cribley, Pilot; William C. Hollowell, Bombardier; 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 Squadron - Original crew #9
Front Row, L - R: John “Dud” Crouchley, Pilot; Allen Meister, Bombardier; Forrest Leveille, Navigator; William Hays, Co-Pilot.
Back Row, L - R: Ralph Perillo, Gunner; Thomas Langstaff, Tail Gunner; Edward Johnson, Ball Gunner; Eugene Lascotte, Nose Gunner; Donald Turner, Flight Engineer; 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 Squadron - Original crew #6
Front Row, L - R: Charles O’Neal, Asst. Crew Chief; Karl Anderson, Crew Chief.
Middle Row, L - R: Harold Julin, Co-Pilot; Henry Freitas, Navigator; Stanley Tanca, Bombardier; Clarence Eden, Pilot.
Back Row, L - R: 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, L - R: 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.
Back Row, L - R: William Fritz, Pilot; Norman Lynch, Co-Pilot; Willard Smith, Bombardier; 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 Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Ed DeKostic, Bombardier; Carl Gigowski, Pilot; Davis May, Co-Pilot; Joseph Durst, Navigator.
Back Row, L - R: 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 Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Philip Smagula, Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner; Edward Yerzak, Radio Operator; Ray Harper, Tail Gunner; Paul Kaplan, Nose Gunner; Bill Williams, Ball Gunner, and Earl Sasser, Waist Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Carl Grace, Co-Pilot; Martin Van Kirk, Navigator; Avery Gilliland, Pilot; Don Crouch, Bombardier.
Avery Gilliland was killed on his first mission, flying as Co-Pilot 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 Squadron - Crew #1
Front Row, L - R: Leonard Kraus, Navigator; George Fritch, Bombardier; Tom Mahon, Co-Pilot; Don Harnett, Pilot.
Back Row, L - R: 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".
Hazel crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Hazel’s crew arrived at Venosa in September, 1944. The crew is pictured in the above photo, although the individual members haven’t been identified. The crew members are John Hazel, Pilot; Bill Ryan, Co-Pilot; Billy Hutcheson, Navigator; Albert Trinche, Bombardier; Roy Smith, Engineer; Harold Brehmer, Gunner; Chester Jesonek, Tail Gunner; Robert Nielsen, Ball Gunner; Benjamin Sims, Top Turret Gunner; and Robert Wagner, Gunner. Bill Ryan, the Co-Pilot, was shot down on the Bruck mission on 2/23/45, while flying with Bob Ware’s crew. He was severely injured and became a POW. Ryan was replaced by Jack Whatley, who was Co-Pilot on Ware’s crew. Hutcheson and Trinche both bailed out over Yugoslavia on the 12/18/44 mission to Blechhammer flying with Captain Gill’s crew, due to flak damage. Both escaped through Yugoslavia and returned to the group on 1/1/45. The entire crew survived the war.
Helms crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Edward Anderson, Flight Engineer; Edwin O’nan, Nose Gunner; David Dorin, Radio Operator; Virgil Schneckenburger, Top Turret Gunner; Donald Budahn, Tail Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Joseph Lemmick, Bombardier; Kirk McFadden, Navigator; Lloyd Salyer, Co-Pilot; Ray Roberts, Ball Gunner and Ira Helms Jr, Pilot.
The entire crew survived the war.
Horvath Crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Pictured in the photo are the enlisted men of August Horvath's crew. The only one identified in the photo is Merle Shields, Radio Operator, third from the left. The other men on this crew are August Horvath, Pilot; Joseph Russell, Co-Pilot; Louis Feldman, Navigator; Robert Anderson, Bombardier; Edward Blay, Gunner; Lee Busroe, Ball Gunner; Edward Cross, Gunner; Alvin Pepper, Gunner, and John Willis, Flight Eengineer. Shields was shot down over Bruck, Austria on February 23, 1945, while flying with Robert Ware's crew. He became a POW. The entire crew survived the war.
Roger Jones Crew - 828th Squadron - Original crew #4
The men in this photo aren’t individually identified, but the members of the crew are: Roger Jones, Pilot; Jack Mackinnon, Co-Pilot; Maurice Cornielson, Navigator; Robert Bradley, Bombardier; Sydney Gash, Flight Engineer; Roland Poulin, Radio Operator; Ernest Donnelly, Top Turret Gunner; George Kerr, Ball Gunner; James Lucas, Tail Gunner, and Henry Miller, Nose Gunner. Kerr was wounded on the 11/5/44 mission to Vienna. The entire crew survived the war.
Kastello crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Tom Tabor, Radio Operator; Jake Barnes Tail Gunner; Ray Lamb, Ball Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Hugh Barlow, Top Turret Gunner; Fritz Albert, Flight Engineer; Tom Kastello, Pilot and John White Nose Gunner.
Missing from the photo are Ed Deegan, the original Co-Pilot who became the pilot of Gilliland's crew when Gilliland was killed on December 29, 1944. Deegan was later replaced by F. Bloom. This replacement crew arrived in Italy in October 1944. Also missing from the photo are Russell Hess, Navigator and William Lowe Jr, Bombardier. Lowe was killed while flying with O'Brien's crew on December 19, 1944 during an emergency crash landing on Vis island. The others on the crew survived the war.
Lindell crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Myron Yaw, Engineer; Alex Abramovich, Radio Operator; Joseph Ryan, Gunner; J.D. Trautman, Gunner; Travis Burns, Gunner; M.C. Papadopulos, Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Arthur Lindell, Pilot; D.E. “Duke Wareham, Co-Pilot; Lloyd Fox, Bombardier; Howard Boslow, Navigator.
Boslow did not go overseas with the crew. The crew arrived at Venosa in November, 1944. Lt. Gilliland was flying as Co-Pilot with most of this crew on the 12/26/44 mission to Blechhammer. The plane was hit over the target and broke in half. All were killed. Duke Wareham wasn’t on the crew that day, having been replaced by Gilliland. Trautman was replaced that day by Joseph Lajkowicz. Both Wareham and Trautman survived the war. Wareham was later assigned to Gilliland’s crew as Co-Pilot.
Loudon crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: William Washburn, Flight Engineer; Andrew Belloni, Gunner; Roy Mason, Gunner; Frank Bain, Gunner, and Philip Linder, Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Blair (unknown first name), Radio Operator; Clyde Herbold , Bombardier; John Trieber, Co-Pilot; Richard Loudon, Pilot; Francis Ryan, Navigator.
This crew (except for Blair) went down over Yugoslavia on the March 2, 1945 mission to Linz, Austria. They were captured and remained POWs until the end of the war.
Maniatty crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Charles Rogers, Radio Operator/Gunner; John Potucek, Engineer/Gunner; Paul Alexander, Tail Gunner; Richard Mitchell, Nose Gunner; Gottfried Helwer, Ball Gunner; Harold Weaver, Top Turret Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Frank Tomengo, Bombardier; James Andrews, Co-Pilot; Ash Maniatty, Pilot; Steven Sedlak, Navigator.
This crew was a replacement crew. Most of this crew was shot down on the 12/18/44 mission to Blechhammer, but escaped through Yugoslavia. (Andrews, Tomengo and Sedlak were not on that mission.)
McDowell crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
The men aren’t individually identified in this photo, but the following men were on the crew: Thomas McDowell, Pilot; Keith Mayhew, Co-Pilot; Dean Davis, Navigator; Benjamin Clarke, Bombardier; Philip Fielder, Flight Engineer; William Lancaster, Radio Operator; Clemmie Norris, Gunner; Leo Paine, Gunner; Rex Stanley, Gunner and Ken Wall, Nose Gunner. Some of the men on this crew were injured or wounded. Dean Davis was wounded on the 10/7/44 mission to Vienna. Ken Wall was also wounded on a mission when part of his nose turret was blown away. The entire crew survived the war, with most of the crew completing their missions at the end of March 1945.
Neal Crew - 828th Squadron - Original crew #7
This is a photo of Lt. Van Neal’s crew. The crew consisted of Van Neal, Pilot; John Entwistle, Co-Pilot; Lloyd Huset, Navigator, Adelbert Hawkins, Bombardier; Arthur Mayland, Engineer; L.R. Pope, Radio Operator; Robert Bading, Gunner; Donald Boettcher, Gunner; Frank Carpenter, Gunner; and Gerald Milton, Gunner. Most of the individuals in the photo haven’t been identified, but John Entwistle is kneeling, 3rd from the left. It is believed that Neal is kneeling 2nd from the left. Pope is standing, far left. Apparently Neal was replaced at some point and Entwistle became a POW on June 13, 1944, shot down on a Munich mission with Lt. Amenson. Entwistle was replaced by Clayton Johnson. Boettcher died in 1948 of war-related injuries.
Nichols Crew - 828th Squadron - Original crew #3
This is the photo of Lt. Roger Nichols' crew. Although not identified individually, the men in the photo are: Roger Nichols, Pilot; Robert Barney, Co-Pilot; Anthony Shulas, Bombardier; Howard Griffin, Navigator; Roger Milloy, Flight Engineer; Andrew Giminero, Radio Operator; Del Rogers, Gunner; Vincent Campozano, Gunner, Roger Gamaunt, Gunner, and Lawrence Growney, Gunner. The crew survived the war. (Nichols is the only one identified in the photo, standing fourth from left in the back row.)
O'Neill Crew - 828th Squadron - Original Crew #18
Pilot Joseph O'Neill is in the front row of this photo, kneeling on the far right. Next to him is John Wilson, Navigator. The other men in the photo, not individually identified, are: Robert Marshall, Co-Pilot; Harold Cohen, Bombardier; Joe Cox, Flight Engineer; Zach Phillips, Radio Operator; Herbert Angle, Gunner; Lewis Randall, Gunner; Robert Robinson, Gunner, and Ernest Turner, Gunner. Wilson was shot down over Bulgaria on 6/28/44 while flying with John Crouchley's crew. The others on the crew survived the war.
Owen crew - 828th Squadron - Original crew #17
Front Row, L - R: Joe Coker, Engineer/Gunner; William Roberts, Co-Pilot; Hudson Owen, Pilot; Jerry Durden, Bombardier; Perry Monroe, Gunner.
Back Row, L - R: Alfred Aborjaily, Radio Operator/Gunner; George Mack, Gunner; Kenneth Ponte, Gunner; Herman Maurer, Gunner; Fales Holcomb, Navigator.
The assigned plane for this crew was "My Brother and I". Fales and Durden were killed flying with Thomas Baker’s crew on 7/20/44, when the plane was shot down by fighters on the Friedrichschafen mission. Maurer was killed while flying with Bossart’s crew on 6/26/44 and Mack became a POW, also flying with Bossart’s crew on the 6/26/44 Vienna mission. Several from this crew were wounded when they crashed while landing at Bari on 6/28/44.
Orgass crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
This replacement crew arrived in Italy in March 1945. Only the Bombardier, Nathaniel Alexander is identified in the photo, standing far right. The other men on the crew were Edwin Orgass, Pilot; Clarence Eckfield, Co-Pilot; Ira Bronson, Navigator; Henry Carlson, Gunner; Bobbie Hopper, Gunner; Arthur Meeks, Gunner; Edward Sadowski, Gunner; John Thayer, Gunnerand Herman Weibeck, Gunner.
Peden crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
This replacement crew arrived in Italy in December. Most of the crew had completed 13 missions when the war ended. Although 10 men are pictured in this crew photo, taken in the U.S., only 9 of the men went overseas. The Navigator, Ernest Adler, is standing, far left. Donald Peden, Pilot, is second from left and William Johnson, Co-Pilot is third from left. The unidentified airman, standing far right, did not go overseas with the crew. Although the men in the front row aren't identified individually, pictured here are Mike Hailes, Flight Engineer; Robert King, Radio Operator; John Raines, Nose Gunner; Leland Hodge, Top Turret Gunner; Herman Laorno, Ball Gunner and Sherrill Burba, Tail Gunner.
Reiss crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
The crew info for this crew is uncertain.
Front Row, L - R: Joseph Lajkowicz, Gunner; Sylvester Perkowski, Gunner; Keith LaFrance, Gunner; Robert Connor, Asst. Flight Engineer/Gunner; Alexander Melillo, Radio Operator; Kenneth Beene, Flight Engineer.
Back Row, L - R: Warren Domer, Bombardier; Alfred Reiss, pilot; William BeGole, Co-Pilot; Frederic Gordon, Navigator.
BeGole, Connor, Gordon, Melillo, La France and Reiss were all killed in a take-off accident on November 1, 1944, taking 485th personnel to Rome. Lajkowicz was killed over Blechhammer on December 26, 1944, flying with Lindell’s crew. It is believed that Domer went to Livengood’s crew. Beene and Perkowski were transferred to the U.S. on March 9, 1945.
Riddles crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
This replacement crew arrived in Italy in early September 1944. The men are not identified individually in the photo, but the crew consisted of the following men when they arrived in Italy: Alvin Riddles, Pilot; Michael Fisch, Co-Pilot; Elmer Kiesewetter, Navigator; Murad Piligian, Bombardier; Charles Schaffer, Flight Engineer; Leonard Gnatt, Radio Operator; James Bassett, Gunner; Ralph Cox, Gunner; Lloyd Henderson, Gunner and Alexander Struich, Gunner.
Taylor crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Paul Patton, Navigator; Bob Grant, Co-Pilot; Charlie Taylor, Pilot; Alex Staponkus, Bombardier.
Back Row, L - R: Jens Larson, Ball Gunner; Delbert Holm, Nose Gunner; George Guthrie, Radio Operator; Ken Gawtry, Top Turret Gunner; Paul Bockshammer III, Tail Gunner and Alex Gilbert, Flight Engineer.
This early replacement crew began flying their missions in July 1944 and completed their missions at the end of November. The entire crew survived the war.
Treble crew - 828th Squadron - Replacement crew
Front Row, L - R: Eugene Bensey, Navigator; John Treble, Pilot; Phil Diamons, Bombardier.
Back Row, L - R: Herbert Chilcote, Engineer; Tom Utter, Ball Gunner; Bill Murphy, Tail Gunner; Walter Radlo/Waist Gunner; A.T. Alford, Nose Gunner; Sherman Lloyd, Radio Operator.
Missing from the photo is Robert Capitaens, Co-Pilot. This crew arrived in July 1944. The Co-Pilot, Robert Capitaens, was killed flying his first mission with Lt. Baker’s crew on 7/20/44. The others finished their missions in early January 1945.