Capt. Milward's crew of the 8th AF 95th Bomb Group standing by their B-17 "Spook Six" at their Horham base in England, 27 April 1944. 42-31063 "Spook Six'.
Rear L-R: Peter V Milward [Pilot], William L Milton [Nav], Arthur R Scroggins [Bomb].
Front L-R: Richard L Spears [Eng], Frank P Miles [Waist], Eddie S Winstead [Radio], Charles R McComber [Ball], Joseph L Kolarik [Tail], W L Weeks [Waist].
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A09165-D59232AC.
Lt. Milward's crew of the 8th AF 95th Bomb Group standing by their B-17 42-30178 "Darlin' Dolly" at their base in England, 5 January 1944.
They are wearing the RAF uniforms given to them after ditching their aircraft ("Superstitious Aloysius" 42-6098) the previous day off Bawdsey.
Peter V. Milward Crew - 335th Sqn
BACK ROW: Peter V. Milward (pilot), Frank P.Miles (waist gunner), Charles R. McComber (ball turret gunner) William L. Weeks (waist gunner), William J. Milton (navigator)
FRONT ROW: Richard L. Spears (top turret/engineer), Arthur R Scroggins (bombardier), Eddie S. Winstead (radio operator), Joseph L.Kolarik (tail gunner) Arthur Farris (co-pilot).
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A09158-C59231AC.
Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #426098 'Superstitious Aloysius. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ENTERED U. S. ARMY AIR CORPS JUNE 11, 1942. FLEW 28 COMBAT MISSIONS AND SURVIVED A DITCHING IN THE NORTH SEA IN JANUARY 1944. AFTER COMPLETION OF COMBAT TOUR OF DUTY, SERVED AS AN INSTRUCTOR, TRAINING RADIO OPERATORS ON B-17 AND B-29 AIRCRAFT. RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE IN HOME STATE; OCTOBER, 1945 AT SEYMOUR JOHNSON FIELD IN GOLDSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with Bronze Stars (Air Offensive, Europe), Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and Combat Aircrew Wings
Units served with
The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Long Beach 22/7/43; Cheyenne 25/7/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-R] Horham; with J.D. Scott, Radio Operator - Clyde Myer [wia 26/11/43];
Military site : airfield
Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....
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