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DT 41-28989 15 455 742 ~ 44 00-4 CHUCK CLAPSADDLE

Starboard (Right) Side

Contributor - Brett C. Clapsaddle
Shown with my Father, Chuck Clapsaddle (Radio Operator/
Waist Gunner), kneeling far right. Taken 30 min before take-off on a combat mission.

Standing (L-R)
Lt Harry Crotzer – Navigator
SSgt D.E. Dearing - Waist Gunner
SSgt J. Paknik – Tail Gunner
Lt J.W. Knight - Pilot
Lt Dave Brothers – Bombardier
Kneeling (L-R)
SSgt Ed Grauwailler – Ball Turret Gunner
SSgt Jim Ryan – Nose Gunner
TSgt G.L. Balmer – Eng/Top Turret Gunner
Lt Mindenhall – Co-Pilot
TSgt Chuck Clapsaddle – Radio Operator

Info Contributor - David P. Ungemach
The only aircraft from the 455th BG, 742nd BS to survive the 26 Jun 44 mission against the oil refinery at Moosbierbaum, Austria (the other six aircraft were shot down).  On 12 Sep 44, aircraft was damaged during a bombing mission against the airdrome at Lechfield, Austria, and landed at Dubendorf, Switzerland on 12 Sep 44.  Interned for the duration (MACR 8359).

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