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Crew of the Battle-weary, but triumphant, "Memphis Belle" which made twenty-five bombing missions over Europe are shown: L to R Back Row: T/Sgt. Robert J Hanson, Garfield, Wash., Radio Operator; T/Sgt. Harold P Loch, Green Bay, Wisc. holding 'Stuka', Top Turret Gunner; Capt Vincent B Evans, Henderson, TX., Bomb Capt Robert N Morgan, Asherville, NC., Pilot.
L to R Front Row: S/Sgt Cecil N Scott, Altoona, PA., Ball Turret. S/Sgt Clarence B Winchell, Oak Park, IL. L Waist gunner. S/Sgt John P Quinlan, Yonkers, NY., Tail gunner. S/Sgt Casimer A Nastal, Detroit, MI. R Waist gunner.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A06266-23971AC.



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    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

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  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • Vincent Evans

    Military | Major | Bombardier
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Texas, he joined the USAAC in 1942 and was assigned as bombardier on the B-17, 'Memphis Belle'. The 'Belle' and her crew would ultimately become the first to fly all of it's required twenty-five missions in...

  • Robert Hanson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. T/Sgt Robert J Hanson, radio operator on the 'Memphis Belle'. Native of Washington state, he entered the military in 1941 and in 1942 was assigned to be the radio operator aboard the B-17, the 'Memphis Belle'. The ...

  • Harold Loch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top turret / Engineer
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Wisconsin, he joined the USAAC in 1941, shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In February 1943, Loch was assigned to the B-17 bomber 'Memphis Belle' as the flight engineer and top turret gunner,...

  • Robert Morgan

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Pilot of the 'Memphis Belle', named for Margaret Polk. ...

  • Casimer Nastal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner [Right]
    S/Sgt Casimer A "Tony" Nastal entered military service in 1941 and would serve on different bomber crews with the 447BG, 8AF, before eventually being assigned to the B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle', replacing Scott E Miller as the right waist gunner. He...

  • John Quinlan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail gunner
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Tailgunner of the famed "Memphis Belle" B-17 Bomber, the first to complete its 25 air mission tour without a casualty. ...

  • Cecil Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ball turret gunner on B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle'. ...

  • Stuka Scottish Terrier

    Military | Other | Crews mascot / Morale Officer
    Scottish terrier, crew mascot belonging to Capt James A Verinis, flew on B-17's 'Memphis Belle' and 'Connecticut Yankee'. ...

  • Clarence Winchell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner [L]
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Left waist gunner on B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle', his guns downed the 8th and final German fighter from the Belle. His diaries provided most of the accurate accounts of the missions. He and fellow crew members...


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    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
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Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 19:02:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations