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Joseph Jordan, tailgunner, is sitting on top of the turret. This was taken soon after the St. Etienne mission on May 25, 1944, where the aircraft was listed as missing, when they actually had suffered severe damage and diverted to Corsica. The people in the photograph are those that were not lost on this raid. On the back of the photo are the names of the survivors.

"What was left of Bomb Group 9"
Tommy - 2nd Lt. Frederick L. Tompkins, 0-690408, Pilot
Butts - Sgt. Robert O. Butts, Jr., 33553787, Left Waist Gunner
Fram - Sgt. Roger C. Framm, 19206441, Lower Turret
Ray - S/Sgt. Elmer R. Cutsinger, 38200294, Radio Operator
Merkle - Sgt. Carl F. Merkle, 19090034, Right Waist Gunner
Tex (Joe) - Sgt. Joseph A. Jordan, 38341267, Tail Gunner

Fred - 2nd Lt. Fred E. Letz, 0-699203, Navigator (Evaded)
Smitty - 2nd Lt. Paul H. Smith, 0-696292, Bombardier (KIA)
Smokey - S/Sgt. Harold L. Bolick, 39268736, Upper Turret (Evaded)
Rodey - 2nd Lt. Earl E. Rodenburg, 0-700368, Co-Pilot (POW)



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Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 06:58:07 martinontheroad Changes to caption

Photograph from the Jordan Family Archives

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 06:55:15 martinontheroad Changes to collection and caption

Photograph source from the Jordan Family archives.
Details of the St. Etienne raid can be found in "The 2nd was First" Chapter 10.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 11:24:28 Lucy May Changes to person associations

Associated to Joseph Jordan - just made a person record for him using details in Missing Air Crew Report 5831 (available on Fold3).

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 07:14:12 martinontheroad Changes to caption

Entered 12/13/2015 by martinontheroad.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 06:48:07 martinontheroad Created entry with caption