William Sitler's Crew.
Back row (L-R): 2nd Lt. William (Bill) Sitler - Pilot, 2nd Lt. Charles F. Seal - Co-pilot, F/O Albert Turney - Navigator, 2nd Lt. Joseph P. Rusich - Bombardier.
Front row (L-R): S/Sgt. Edwin Braeger - Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. William H. Elmore - Gunner, S/Sgt. John Allen - Gunner, T/Sgt. Fred Blehm - Radio, T/Sgt. Vincent Bowie - Engineer.
S/Sgt. Ray Lopez-Ball Turet is missing from photo.
The aircraft is B-17 "Doodit" 42-102596. Photo was taken on 9th October 1944.
The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
Oak Leaf Cluster
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
Military | Sergeant | Gunner
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
air medal; Oak Leaf Cluster
Awarded Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained bomber combat operations over Germany and German-occupied countries. Flt. Officer was from Sayville, NY.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-N] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; after mission 23/2/45 with Green was AOC 23/2/45; re-ass from 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 4/4/45; RAF Valley 1/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6...
Military site : airfield
Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...