First Lieutenant Dale Shaffer's crew of the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, 23 November 1942. They are in front of B-17 41-24575. Most of the airmen are identified on Fold3 by user 'patootie':
Back row: S/Sgt Homer F Vinning (tail gunner), 2/Lt Jack W Bennet (bombardier), 2/Lt Arthur D Reitz (navigator), 2/Lt Wilbur D Greenwalt (co-pilot) and 1/Lt Dale Shaffer (pilot).
Front row: unknown (waist gunner), Pvt Thomas H Lawler (radio operator), S/Sgt William F Clendenen (ball turret gunner), S/Sgt Herbert W Armstrong (waist gunner) and T/Sgt Alan G Nates (engineer).
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner
Military | Colonel | Pilot ; Operations Officer
Completed missions with the BEST bomb group in the Eighth. 1st Commander Curtis Lemay, the BEST general in Air Force history!
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 19/9/43; detailed Bremen 13/11/43 but recalled with Ralph Connell, Co-pilot: Albt Doman, Navigator: Larry Angthius, Bombardier...