NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

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PHOTO CREDITS

EAGER BEAVER

B

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24

D1

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15

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CO

41-24012

13

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 SOL STEIN

Contributor - John W. Painter VIA Stu Stein (Nephew of Sol Stein)
From Jake Bauer (Artist / Nose Gunner): "I painted the name, EAGER BEAVER early in '43 while we were on a beer run back Espirito Santos. While I was painting, Joe E. Brown (the movie comedian), was hitchhiking rides to entertain the guys. He did this all on his own (No USO). I asked him to autograph the ship for luck. I never thought he would make it so big! Also, even a bigger thrill was to see the record missions of EAGER BEAVER still flying in '44. I was rotated in Oct. '43. We had brought the plane from Salina, Kansas in Dec 42. I was originally the Tail Gunner, but in May 43 they put the turret in the nose and I went with it." Crew was KIA 5 Jul 44 on 44-40611 (MACR 6526).

Standing (L-R)
T/Sgt. Benjamin T. Tampio - Engineer
1st Lt. Edward J. Rice - Pilot
1st Lt. Kenneth D. Smith - Co-Pilot
1st Lt. Marcel J. Bilder - Navigator
1st Lt. Lester P. Brown, Jr. - Bombardier
S/Sgt. Sam M. Manfredi - Tail Gunner
Kneeling (L-R)
S/Sgt. Donald E. Reed - Asst Radio Operator
T/Sgt. Thomas B. Silko - Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Earle W. Painter - Ball Turret Gunner
S/Sgt. Sol Stein - Asst Engineer


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