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PHOTO CREDITS

EARLY BIRD, The

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Contributor - James A. Leddy

6 Oct 44 - Reverse of photo has caption: "Cpl. Fred Tanbling of 24 Fir Hill St., Akron, Ohio, photographs the crew of the 865th Bomb Squadron, 494th Bomb Group beside their plane, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator The EARLY BIRD. Soon this plane and others of the squadron will take off from the Barking Sands Airstrip on Kauai, Hawaii, for an advanced base on Anguar Island in the Caroline Islands."

Standing (L-R)
Lt. John Vitkevic - Pilot
2nd Lt. Robert M. Rippetoe - Co-Pilot
Lt. James H. Cockerman - Bombardier
T/Sgt. Harry P. Hartment Jr. - Engineer

Kneeling (L-R)
Sgt. Walter L. Lippert - Gunner
Sgt. Herman Gerres - Nose Gunner
Sgt. Ralph Moore - Gunner
Sgt. William N. Bussard - Gunner
Sgt. T. E. Mosley - Gunner

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