NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

SERIAL #

AF

BG

BS

SC RCL/# V#-P

PHOTO CREDITS

"772"

B

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24

D

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155

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CO 42-72772

15

376 515

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85 00-2 N/A

Battle Number Changed from #44 to #85

Contributor - Ed Clendenin
Not Shown: Charles Gibson - Tail Gunner

Standing (L-R)
Donald Schoenlein - Bombardier
Charles MacNally - Navigator
Marshall Peterson - Co-Pilot
Frank Marcus - Pilot

Kneeling (L-R)
George Hadfield - Engineer
A. W. Lain - Nose Gunner
William Fahr - Radio Operator
Carlton Wiles - Ball Turret Gunner
George Russell "Bud" Keyes - Waist Gunner

The mission report for 23 May 44 reads in part as follows:
"Ship No. 85 of the 515th Squadron (Serial Number 42-72772) was hit by flak just shortly after crossing the coastline on the run to the Target from the I.P. The hit tore a large hole in the fuselage from the antenna back over the left waist window, but as the ship was still maneuverable, the pilot attempted to take the A/C back to Naples. This ship was escorted by two bombers in the same flight, but about five minutes North of the Pomigliano A/D (Naples) it was seen to go out of control at about 2000 feet, crashed to the ground and burst into flames immediately. No one was able to escape from the plane."

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