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1st Scouting Force Personnel Nov-44.
L - R (Standing) Andy Peterson - Adjutant; Robert Van Beynum - Intelligence; Dwight W Hartman & Dick Smith - pilots; Harold C Strain - Navigator; John Allen, William 'Bill' E Schofield & William E Cox - Pilots; Herman Meyer - Weather Officer.
L - R (Kneeling) Pilots - Edwin A Post, Robert C 'Bob' Burkholder, Phil Algar, Col. Budd Peaslee, Francis C Clark, Clifford R Buckles and Dale McCory




  • Philip Algar

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Flew 25 combat missions with the 384th bombardment Group from 22-Jun-43 to 4-Mar-44. Detached service (DS) with 1st Scouting Force. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF flying Elint Droopsnoot P-38 lightning [gathering Electronic Intelligence].

  • Clifford Buckles

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Burkholder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber Co-pilot / Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions in B-17's. Detached for Special duties with 1st Scouting Force. 47 x combat missions in P-47's. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of the British 'GOLDFISH CLUB' for having ditched...

  • Francis Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot / Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF B-17 pilot. Transferred 385FS, 1SF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 383FS, 1SF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force. Failed to Return (FTR) in P-51D serial 44-13754 when he started having engine trouble west of Kiel. Decided to nurse his stricken ship to Sweden, he disappeared into the undercast...

  • Dwight Hartman

    Military | Captain

  • Dale McCrory

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    December 1943 - September 1944 - Capt Dale McCrory was a bomber pilot completing 43 missions over Europe. Later he would join the 1st scouting force. A select bunch of former bomber pilots asked to join this new unit to fly fighter planes ahead of the...

  • Budd Peaslee

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    First Commanding Officer of 384th Bomb Group and instigator of the Scouting Force concept, to enable the bomber stream to change course in good time if target area was obscured. ...

  • Edwin Post

    Military | Major | Pilot

  • William Schofield

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Co-Pilot
    77 missions flown from June 1944 to 20 April 1945. Flew 30 missions with 379th BG. Started as co-pilot, ended as pilot. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force flying P-51s. Flew 47 missions as lead pilot in Scouting Force. ...

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Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 09:31:16 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2016 20:00:02 black1980 Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations

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