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1st Lt Ira T Shepard, Navigator and Cpl Francis Burke, Ball Turret Operator, 339th bomb squadron, 96th bomb group.




  • Francis Burke

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Operator

  • Ira Shepard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator/Radar Observer Bombadier
    Ira was from Frazeysburg, Ohio. He was born in 1917 and joined the Army Air Force on 12 Dec 1942. He wanted to fly fighters, but when found to be color blind, he trained instead as a navigator on the B17 bomber. He arrived in England on 27th...


Date Contributor Update
08 June 2019 15:49:20 TerryGan Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

from family photographs of Ira T Shepard, supplied by daughter, Theresa Gannaway, living in South of England. Francis Burke identified from comparison with group photograph containing inscription of names on back of photo.