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Back row, left to right...
• Robert Janton, crew chief
• Darrell Andrews, radio operator
• William Sheely, tail gunner
• Wirt Young, waist gunner
• Donald Brown, engineer
Front row, left to right...
• Melvin Kernis, navigator
• Lyle Day, bombardier
• Leroy Ochs, co-pilot
• Elmer Smiley, pilot
Photo submitted by Robin Janton, son of Robert Janton, the plane's crew chief



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Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 22:57:17 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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