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Replacement 95th Bomb Group crew poses with a Vega-built training Flying Fortress with 'Ten Aces' artwork. This crew is Tony Hamlik, Co-pilot: George Rudloff, Navigator: Hal Smith, Bombardier: Bob Diles, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Brosi, Radio Operator: Wendall Theiman, Ball turret gunner: Earl Joswick, Waist gunner: John Pluenik, Waist gunner: Chas Dager and Tail gunner: Ray Revels. The ten became Prisoners of War after a mission to Germany (Missing Air Crew Report 7409).

Earl B. Joswick is in the front row, third from the right.

B-17 Flying Fortress, production block no. TB-17F-VE/TB-40. AAF serial number is unknown, however it is in the 42-5700 to 42-6100 range. This aircraft is most assuredly not the Douglas B-17G-30-DL 42-38178. It is a Stateside training Fortress (TB) built by Lockheed Vega. The features of the plane are unmistakable. Compare to 42-5964 in Bowers, Fortress in the Sky, (published by Sentry). The tail markings of the background plane compare favorably to Vega 42-6001 on the MacDill website which hosted the 488BG RTU, later 326 Base Unit.

The combat aircraft from the 95BG associated with the crew Missing Aircrew Report (MACR 7409) is the Douglas B-17G-30-DL, 42-38178, however it is not pictured here and confirmation that 178 carried the nose art of TEN ACES or EASY ACES is not positively documented.

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  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

People

  • Roy Brosi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Dager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Diles

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Anthony Hamlik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Joswick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Earl B. Joswick, Staff Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress; United States Army Air Forces, Eighth Air Force, 95th Bomb Group (Heavy), 334th squadron, aircrew “Ten Aces.” European Theater, WWII Veteran. POW (Stalag IV), Awarded the...

  • John Pleunik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ray Revels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 19 July 1944 in A/C #42-38178 'Ten Aces' over Schweinfurt, Ger. Captured, taken to Oberursel, Ger. (outside Frankfurt) for interrogation. Then taken to Keifheide, Ger. , Stalag Luft IV. Ran the 3 miles from the train station to the camp with...

  • George Rudloff

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hal Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wendell Thieman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 13:03:45 Lucy May Changes to caption, person associations and aircraft associations
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Moved the edits of user 'phil marchese NDU '97' from the aircraft entry to makes it clearer that UPL 7124 does not show B-17 42-38178 but that B-17 42-38178 was flown by the crew as listed on the aircraft's page. See Revision messages on the aircraft entry: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/7101

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 13:26:58 call0031 Changes to caption and aircraft associations
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https://sites.google.com/site/8thafhsmn/pictures/photoshop?pli=1

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 13:19:26 call0031 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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https://sites.google.com/site/8thafhsmn/pictures/photoshop?pli=1

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