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 RICHARD H. HARDESTY, III

Port (Left) Side - Also served with the 11th BG - Character from "The Katzenjammer Kids Comics" (Creator - Rudolph Dirks)

Contributor - Richard H. Hardesty, III (Co-Pilot standing 2nd from right)
Original crew photo 1 Jan 45, after having completed their 20th mission. Mission on 24 Dec 44, in formation with the 819th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bomb Group to bomb Iwo Jima. After the bombing run our plane alone stayed behind and descended to about 500 feet with a naval spotting office aboard to spot for the heavy cruiser, Pensacola, as it shelled the island defenses. This mission was reported in the 16 Jan 45 issue of BRIEF magazine on pages 6 and 7.

Standing (L-R)
1st Lt. George D. Dambacher, Jr. - Bombardier
2nd. Lt. Thomas D. Crist, Jr. - Navigator
1st Lt. Richard H. Hardesty, III - Co-Pilot
Capt. Boris Y. Kutner - Pilot


Kneeling (L-R)
S Sgt. William T. Scheneman - Ball Turret Gunner
S Sgt. Harvey L. Cole - Tail Gunner
S Sgt. Philip E. Murray - Nose Turret Gunner
T Sgt. Harry L. Coulter - Radio Operator
S Sgt. Roland P. Salice - Armorer/Waist Gunner 
T Sgt. Harold L. Johnson - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

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