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Clarence M. Fountain, Pilot
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CLARENCE M. FOUNTAIN CREW - 358th BS
B-17G #44-8427 Henn's Revenge 358BS (VK-E)
(Assigned 358BS: 27 March 1945 - photo: March 1945)

(Back L-R) 2Lt Charles A. Bradshaw (B)(4), F/O Howard H. Widener (N)(3),
2Lt Paul A. Pinkert (CP)(2), 2Lt Clarence M. "Max" Fountain (P)(1)

(Front L-R) Sgt Ralph J. Darley (BTG)(3), Sgt John J. Grocki (E)(3),
Sgt Carl R. Hackney (TOG)(5), Sgt William F. Riehl (R)(6),
Sgt George A. Powell (TG)(7)

Ten credited Fountain Crew missions: (Not all crewmen flew on all missions) 351 (4 Apr 45), 352, 354, 355, 356, 359, 360, 362, 363, 364 (25 Apr 45)

Crew Notes:

  1. 2Lt Clarence M. "Max" Fountain (P) - Flew on mission #351 (4 Apr 45) as CoPilot with the 1Lt Lawrence E. Poole crew. Flew on mission #352 (5 Apr 45) as CoPilot (1Lt Lawrence C. Poole, Pilot), with Fountain crewmen.

  2. 2Lt Paul A. Pinkert (CP) - Flew on mission #351 as CoPilot with the 1Lt William S. McLeod crew. Flew on mission #364 as CoPilot with the 2Lt Oliver Lee Bashor crew The Fountain crew had a substitute CoPilot, 2Lt George B. Bowman on mission #364.

  3. F/O Howard H. Widener (N), Sgt John J. Grocki (E) and Sgt Ralph J. Darley (BTG) - Did not fly on mission #351. Other missions with 2Lt Fountain crew

  4. 2Lt Charles A. Bradshaw (B) - Did not fly on mission #351. Flew on missions 352, 354, 356 with the 2Lt Fountain Crew. Mission #364 was flown as Bombardier with the 1Lt William L. McKimmie crew. Substitute Toggler used on six missions (355, 359, 360, 362, 363, 364)

  5. Sgt Carl R. Hackney (WG) - Did not fly on missions 351, 352, 354. Flew six missions with the 2Lt Fountain crew as Togglier (355, 359, 360, 362, 363, 364)

  6. Sgt William F. Riehl (R) - Did not fly on mission #351. Substitute Radio Operator, Sgt Neal W. Noble, used on missions #354 & 355. Flew with the 2Lt Fountain crew on seven Missions (352, 356, 359, 360, 362, 363, 364)

  7. Sgt George A. Powell (TG) - Did not fly on missions 351 & 352. Substitute Tail Gunner Sgt Beryl E. Kindred (TG) used. Flew with the 2Lt Fountain crew on eight missions (355, 356, 359, 360, 362, 363, 364 )

[photo courtesy of Maxine Bradshaw]
[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]