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Original Crew 11, 712th BS, 448th BG - Stateside Training 1943.
Standing (L-R): S/Sgt. Raymond G. Giwojna - Tail Gunner; 2nd Lt. Paul R. Helander - Pilot; 2nd Lt. John J. Schneider - Co-Pilot; 2nd Lt. Alfred E. Cannon - Navigator; 2nd Lt. Henry M. Snyder – Bombardier; S/Sgt. Benjamin Z. Means - Waist Gunner, Second Armorer.
Kneeling (L-R): S/Sgt. Norbert (Mike) Duginske - Waist Gunner, Second Engineer; S/Sgt. Bill J. McCullah - Ball Turret Gunner, First Armorer; T/Sgt. Oclotlan U. Richmond - Radio Operator; S/Sgt. Gerald E. Carroll - Top Turret Gunner, First Engineer.

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  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

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  • Alfred Cannon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Alfred E. Cannon was born 25 Feb 1919 in Jamaica, New York. He enlisted 08 Apr 1942 and attended Basic Training at Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia. After completion of Basic Training in Dec 1942, he was transferred to Navigation Pre-flight training at...

  • Gerald Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    S/Sgt. Gerald Carroll was born 24 Sep 1921 in Silver Bow, Montana. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps 08 Aug 1941. In Apr 1943 he became the Top Turret Gunner and First Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group...

  • Norbert Duginske

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Second Engineer
    S/Sgt. Norbert Mike Duginske was born in Merrill, Wisconsin 01 Jan 1920. He enlisted 11 Feb 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Apr 1943 he became the Waist Gunner and Second Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb...

  • Raymond Giwojna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner, Third Engineer
    S/Sgt. Raymond G. Giwojna was born 11-Ap-23. He enlisted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 30-Oct-42. In Apr 1943 he became the Tail Gunner and Third Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group at Gowen Field, Idaho. In...

  • Paul Helander

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Paul R. Helander was born in Chicago, Illinois in on 27 Jul 1919. He entered enlisted service in May 1941 in the US Army Medical Corp. He attended basic training at Camp Grant near Rockford, Illinois but soon after he was transferred to the US Army Air...

  • Bill McCullah

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner/First Armorer
    S/Sgt. Bill McCullah was born 03 Nov 1923 in Springfield, Missouri. He enlisted 23 Jan 1943 in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He attended Basic Training in Miami, Florida, Gunnery School at Harlingen, Texas, and Armament School at Lowry Air Base and...

  • Benjamin Means

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner/Second Armorer
    S/Sgt. Benjamin Z. Means was born in Fordam, Pennsylvania 11 Feb 1924. He entered active service 05 Feb 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Basic Training in Miami, Florida, Gunnery School at Harlingen, Texas, and Armament School at Lowry Air...

  • Oclotlan Richmond

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    T/Sgt. Oclotlan U. Richmond was born in Ajo, Arizona 04 Jun 1922. In Apr 1943 he became the Radio Operator in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group at Gowen Field, Idaho. In Nov 1943 Crew 11 arrived at Seething England...

  • John Schneider

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot
    John J. Schneider was born 15 Jan 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. He entered enlisted service 07 Mar 1941 in the US Army Infantry and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington. He later was assigned to flying training (basic,...

  • Henry Snyder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Henry “Hank” N. Snyder was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on 07 May 1919. He entered enlisted service on 02 Oct 1941. He served for two years in the Signal Corp at Fort Mammouth, New Jersey and Luke Air Field, Arizona Telegraph Office. He was selected for...

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