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1st row Sullivan, Scruggs, Houston, Lundberg
2nd Murray, Herrin, Benward, Spatz
Just after 1st mission over Germany

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  • Robert Benward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Donald Herrin

    Military | Waist Gunner
    May -September 1944

  • John Houston

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Survived crash in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. Badly burned in accident. ETD ...

  • John Lundberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084

  • Donald Murray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6148 'Smashin Thru' crashed after take off due to mech failures. A/C exploded. Killed in Action (KIA) 13-Jul-44. No MACR ...

  • William Scruggs

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x combat missions. Survived crash and subsequent explosion / inferno in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. Badly burned in accident and with a broken leg. Hospitalised for 3 years before being medically retired. ...

  • Kenneth Spatz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • Gerald Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA)...

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Date Contributor Update
05 April 2019 02:52:02 camillemnoel Changes to caption and person associations
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19 March 2017 16:00:58 toddpeterson36 Created entry with caption
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