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Capt Robert K Morgan [ Asheville, NC ], pilot of the Boeing B-17 "The Memphis Belle" bids farewell to his ground crew before leaving for the United States after completing his 25th mission. Co-Pilot Capt James A Verinis stands at Capt Morgans shoulder with Nav Capt Charles B Leighton behind him.

They Are, Left To Right: Cpl Oliver C Champion, S/Sgt Max Allen Armstrong, Sgt Ware N Lipscomb, Sgt Leonard E Sowers, Sgt Charles P Blauser, Sgt Robert G Walters and M/Sgt Joseph Giambrone.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A06261-79237AC.



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Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 17:11:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations