The crew of 379th Bomb Group's "Ye Olde Pub." Left to right standing: S/Sgt. Bertrand "Frenchy" Coulombe, Sgt. Alex Yelesanko, T/Sgt. Richard Pechout, S/Sgt. Lloyd Jennings, T/Sgt. John "Hugh" Eckenrode, and S/Sgt. Sam Blackford. Left to right kneeling: 2nd Lt. Charles "Charlie" Brown, 2nd Lt. Spencer "Pinky" Luke, 2nd Lt. Al Sadok, and 2nd Lt. Robert Andrews.
"Lt. Brown and crew pose beside Boeing B-17 'Carol Dawn' at an 8th Air Force Base in England. 8 April 1944."
Charles L Brown - pilot Spencer G Luke – co-pilot Garland A Page - left waist gunner Charles V Liddle - tail gunner Robert M Andrews - bombardier Bertrand Oscar Coulombe – engineer (was born on march 1st, 1924 - passed away on march 25th, 2006) Lloyd H Jennings - right waist gunner Samuel W Blackford - ball turret gunner (was born on oct 26th, 1923 - passed away on june 16th, 2001) Roy M Miller - radio operator Albert (NMI) Sadok - navigator
Robert was actually born Gordon, but his older brothers called him Bobby and the name stuck.
Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG...
Units served with
The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 6/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-Z] Thurleigh 19/4/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 17/6/43; battle damaged over Bremen 20/12/43, with Charlie Brown, Co-pilot: Pinky Luke, Navigator: Al Sadok, Bombardier:...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 23/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 2/12/43; to 527BG [FO-B]; retUS Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...