Crew of the Boeing B-17 'Memphis Belle' at Laredo AAF, Laredo, Texas, 20 June 1943.
Standing L to R: T/Sgt Harold P Loch, T/Sgt Robert J Hanson, Capt Robert K Knight, Capt Vincent B Evans, Capt Charles B Leighton, Capt James A Verinis [holding Stuka the ships mascot].
Kneeling L to R: S/Sgt John P Quinlan, S/Sgt Clarence B Winchell, S/Sgt Casimer A Nastal, S/Sgt Cecil H Scott.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A06257-76576AC.
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
Home of the Memphis Belle
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...
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 ...
Military | Captain | Navigator
Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF in England from October 1942 to May 1943, during which time he completed his tour as Navigator aboard the B-17 "Memphis Belle". He and the crew next completed a war bond tour across the United States with the famous B-17...
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,...
Military | Colonel | Pilot
Pilot of the 'Memphis Belle', named for Margaret Polk.
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...
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.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner
Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ball turret gunner on B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle'.
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'.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions with 'Memphis Belle' and crew, though he qualified as a first pilot, chose to take a co-pilots seat, rather than wait for enough A/C to be available for him to have his own crew and kite, he flew...
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 ...