The William C. Quaintance crew. Top row, from left to right :
T/Sgt. Joseph F. Strukel, Flight Engineer, S/Sgt Alexander F. Markowski, Left Waist Gunner, T/Sgt Francis X. Driscoll, Radio Operator, S/Sgt Richard C. Donohue, Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Maxwell W. Williams, Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Robert E. Hayes, Ball Turret Gunner (not on the 22 February 1944 mission).
Front, from left to right :
1st Lt. Arnold W. Ostrow, Navigator, 2nd Lt. Henry I. Levy, Bombardier, 1st Lt Rudolph L. Jenson, Co-Pilot, 1st Lt. William C. Quaintance, Pilot. (Most of the crew was lost on the 22 February 1944 mission - on board B-17 # 42-31695).
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
A student at Baltimore’s Saint Paul’s, Richard Donohue proved to be an outstanding athlete, excelling as a quarterback in the school’s Crusaders football team. Dick enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1943 and started training at the USAAC Technical...
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
Francis Driscoll had a twin brother, William, an elder brother Gerald, 2 younger brothers, Arthur and Edwin, and a sister Constance. Francis attended 4 years of Mechanic Arts High School in Boston, Massachusetts and later held a job as a motion picture...
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
Robert Hayes was studying at Westport High School in Kansas City, Missouri, when he left school to enlist in the Air Corps, having just turned 18. Joining the William Quaintance crew in the 306th Bomb Group / 369th Bomb Squadron as a Ball Turret Gunner...
Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
Rudolph Jenson graduated from the Walsh County School and attended Park River High School before entering the North Dakota State University, Class of 1940-41. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in April 1942, he took his basic training near Garden...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
Henry Levy was a graduate of Penn State College and of the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Leaving school to enlist in the Air Corps in April 1942, Henry finished training as a Bombardier at Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 1943 where he was...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer, Left Waist Gunner
Alexander Markowski enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1942 and followed training in aerial gunnery and engineering. He graduated as a Sgt from the Wendover Aerial Gunnery and Fire Control School in 1943. He met fellow engineer Sgt Joseph Strukel at...
Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
Born and raised in Paterson, Pennsylvania, Arnold Ostrow attended School No. 13 there, then the Eastside High School and had three years of college at Paterson State Teacher’s College. Employed in a Government office in Washington, he enlisted in the...
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
Bill Quaintance attended the Boulder High School where he was captain of the basketball and football teams. He studied at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana and the University of Washington. He enlisted in the Air Corps in May 1942 and in...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
Maxwell Williams attended Hopeful High School in Hopeful, Decatur County, Georgia for 3 years before working as a bookkeeper at the Hand Trading Cy in nearby Pelham. Shortly after an automobile accident that killed his sweetheart, Maxwell enlisted in...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; New Castle 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-D] Thurleigh 29/1/44; Missing in Action Aschersleben/Bernburg 22 February 1944 with Pilot William C. Quaintance; Co-pilot: Rudolph L. Jenson;...