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Photo taken on or before August 16, 1942 showing the normal crew assigned to B-17E YANKEE DOODLE (41-9023) plus its Squadron Commander, Captain R. E. Flack.

Top Row Left-to-Right: 2nd Lt. James W. Dunn (Navigator); 2nd Lt. Carl E. Schultz (Bombardier); Capt. Rudolph E. Flack (414th CO & Pilot); 2nd Lt. John R. Dowswell (Pilot); 2nd Lt. William A. Hadden (Copilot).
Bottom Row Left-to-Right: S-Sgt. Edwin N. Breedlove (Radio & Waist Gunner); Sgt. Ernest B. Clark (Ball Turret Gunner); S-Sgt. Paul W. Haygreen (Engineer & Top Turret Gunner); Sgt. Raymond C. Lewis (Tail Gunner); Sgt. Frank Hayes (Waist Gunner); Sgt. Shiller Cohen (Photographer).

Refer to to follow the latest updates, which includes lots of details about the 414th Bomb Squadron primarily from February 1942 thru February 1943.



  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • Edwin Breedlove

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Initially Staff Sergeant B-17 Radio Operator & Waist Gunner w/414th BS

  • Ernest Clark

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner & Asst. Radio Operator

  • John Dowswell

    Military | Major | Pilot

  • Rudolph Flack

    Military | Colonel | Pilot, Squadron CO, Base CO, Wing CO, NASAF Ops Ofcr, 2nd AAF C-of-S
    Rudolph Emil "Rudy" Flack, the son of German emigrates, was born on November 11, 1916 in Fanwood, New Jersey. Rudy’s father (Fred) was a master precision machinist in aircraft manufacturing from 1910 thru 1928 and then worked for MGM Studios as...

  • Carl Schultz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Flew on 'Yankee Doodle' on first 8th AAF mission on 17 August 1942. He completed his mission tour . Member of Dowswell's crew



Date Contributor Update
05 October 2020 20:21:14 RickFlack Changes to caption

Updated "Caption" on 10/5/2020 by RickFlack.

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2020 23:29:39 RickFlack Changes to mission associations

User RickFlack added the "1942-8-17 VIII Bomber Command 1" Missions connection on 9/17/2020.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 20:28:07 RickFlack Changes to collection

Updates by Rick Flack on August 20, 2020.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 19:49:12 RickFlack Changes to caption

Updates by Rick Flack on August 20, 2020.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 07:43:46 RickFlack Created entry with collection and caption

Updated by Rick Flack on August 20, 20202.