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Standing row: Wally Braff, pilot; Ben Snider, co-pilot; Farley Mann, navigator; Jim Barnett, bombardier.
Kneeling row: John Olinik, left waist gunner and later togglier; Richard Smith, ball turret gunner; Donald Dorman, flight engineer and top turret gunner; Claude Patterson, tail gunner, Frank Smith, radio operator.



  • 5th Bomb Wing

    5th Bomb Wing

    The 5th Air Division (5th AD) originated on 19 October 1940 at McChord Field, Washington. Its initial mission was air defense of the northwest United States with three bombardment groups (12th, 17th and 39th) flying early B-17 Flying Fortresses (B-17C...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 429th Bomb Squadron


  • Frank Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator


Date Contributor Update
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