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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.



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  • Robert Hanson

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  • Charles Leighton

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  • Harold Loch

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  • Casimer Nastal

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Date Contributor Update
10 December 2016 16:48:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations