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Colorized photo of the Sam Peak crew. Photo taken spring 1944 at Alexandria Air Base in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Front Row L to R: Samuel L. Peak, Victor R. Romasco, Thomas J. Tracy, Allen Osterberg.
Back Row L to R: Murl F. Simmons, Richard Oberlin, Frank A. Welke Jr., Robert F. Scharff, Redin R. Kilpatrick, Max L. Rockey.
Kilpatrick and Tracy not assigned with 534th BS.



  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • Redin Kilpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107221 INT

  • Richard Oberlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Epagne-Epagnette on 6/22/44 in B-17 'Spare Charlie ' #4297084 Petroski, R. Crew

  • Allen Osterberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084 Bombardier in Samuel Peak crew

  • Samuel Peak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in B-17 42-97084 "Spare Charlie"

  • Max Rockey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084 Samuel Peak crew

  • Victor Romasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Scharff

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer
    Samuel Peak Crew

  • Murl Simmons

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084 Samuel Peak crew

  • Thomas Tracy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 42-102624. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frank Welke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084



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23 June 2020 19:03:05 camillemnoel Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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