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Contributor - Dick Olson
Stationed at Torretto, Italy. My Father, Richard Olson (Co-Pilot), was shot down 13 Jun 44 near Caorle, Italy. The plane was attacked by fifteen ME-109s, after leaving the formation to return to base after losing an engine. In that ten minute fight, the gunners shot down four fighters. Two gunners went down with the plane which tragically crashed in the Adriatic Sea. The rest of the crew bailed out with four men evading capture and four ending up in Stalag III. Crew Members 13 Jun 44:

Pilot - Robert Remington
Co-Pilot - Richard Olson
Navigator - John Hassan
Bombardier - Walter Chapman
Radio Operator - Bill Snyder
Engineer - Frederick Howland
Turret Gunner - Ralph Stokes
Top Turret Gunner - Alvin Houpt
Nose Gunner - Irwin Hansen (KIA)
Ball Turret Gunner - Edwin Rogers (KIA)

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