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SAMUEL D. SCORZA

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Contributor - Darin Scorza

Shown with my Father, 1Lt Samuel D. Scorza (Navigator - standing far left), 5 Jun 44, after a raid on Stella/Plage, France. This was the crew's last mission together.On the March 26th raid to Bonnieres, France, air pressure on take-off forced a hatch open that hit my father on the head. He finished the mission, but was hospitalized for a concussion for a few days upon their return. While he was in the hospital, the rest of the crew flew two missions with a replacement navigator.So, while this was the crew's 30th and final mission, my father flew on June 6th and 7th in support of the Normandy landings on D-Day and D-Day +1. Some of the gunners also flew these missions. Not Shown: SSgt Chester Carlstrum (Tail Gunner), KIA 27 May 44 in a mid-air collision north of Cromer with B-24 #159.

Standing (L-R)
1Lt Samuel D. Scorza - Navigator
Capt Curt Vogel - Pilot
1Lt Allen C. Hilborn - Co-Pilot
1Lt A. J. Testa - Bombardier

Kneeling (L-R)
SSgt Albert Walczak - L/Waist Gunner
SSgt Bernie Doyle - Radio Operator
SSgt Joe Brown - Eng/Top Turret Gunner
SSgt Ray Potts - Ball Turret Gunner
SSgt Lovell West - R/Waist Gunner

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