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TROIT D. FREELAND CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 30 June 1944 - photo: US Training, date unknown)

(Back L-R) T/Sgt Wylie C. Abernathy (E), Sgt Roland A. McDougall (WG),
T/Sgt Clarence K. Wilson (R), S/Sgt George J. Moran (WG),
S/Sgt Bernard P. Cerzosimo (BT), S/Sgt Bernard J. Dyszel (TG)

(Front L-R) 1Lt Troit D. Freeland (P), 1Lt Louis J. Prudhoe (CP)
1Lt Alexander Kosta (N), 1Lt Robert F. Nugent (B)




TROIT D. FREELAND CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 30 June 1944 - photo: 16 Sept 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Louis J. Prudhoe (CP), 1Lt Alexander Kosta (N),
1Lt Troit D. Freeland (P), 1Lt Robert F. Nugent (B)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt Bernard J. Dyszel (TG), S/Sgt George J. Moran (WG),
T/Sgt Clarence K. Wilson (R), S/Sgt Bernard P. Cerzosimo (BT), T/Sgt Wylie C. Abernathy (E)

Thirty-seven dispatched (35 credited missions flown by 1Lt Troit D. Freeland:
201 (11 July 1944), 202, 203, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 221, 223, 224 (A), 226(A), 227, 228, 230, 231, 234(AS), 235, 236, 239, 240, 242, 252, 253, 256, 259, 263, 266, 268, 271(10 Nov. 1944).
(A) Non-Credited aborted missions: (225) - No. 4 prop ran away. 4:38 hours flight time; (226) Internal failure #4 engine. 5:29 hours flight time.
(AS) Credited aborted sortie. Unable to bomb due to weather and lead B-17 equipment failure. For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Fifteen B-17Gs flown by 1Lt Troit D. Freeland on his 37 dispatched combat missions:

  • 43-37590 Neva - The Silver Lady (358BS) VK-Q - Missions 201, 202, 203, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 234, 235, 259
  • 43-38191 Shasta (358BS) VK-A - Missions 239, 253, 263, 271
  • 42-102945 Sweet Pea (358BS) VK-M - Missions 252, 256, 266, 268
  • 42-31583 Clover Leaf (358BS) VK-C - Mission 206
  • 42-97296 The Floose (358BS) VK-H - Mission 223
  • 42-31177 Lonesome Polecat (359BS) BN-L - Mission 225
  • 42-39875 Buzz Blonde (427BS) GN-S - Mission 228
  • 43-38176 Bouncing Betty II (358BS) VK-B - Mission 230
  • 43-38065 Princess Pat 2 - (358BS) VK-J - Mission 240
  • 42-31574 Ole George (358BS) VK-G - Mission 242
  • 42-97085 (No name) (358BS) VK-B - Mission 221
  • 42-97972 (No name) (358BS) VK-N - Mission 226
  • 44-6291 (No name) (358BS) VK-E - Mission 227
  • 43-38200 (No name) (358BS) VK-E - Mission 231
  • 44-6316 (No name) (358BS) VK-C - Mission 236
Crew Notes:
  • 1Lt Troit D. Freeland (P), 1Lt Louis J. Prudhoe (CP), 1Lt Alexander Kosta (N), 1Lt Robert F. Nugent (B), T/Sgt Wylie C. Abernathy (E), T/Sgt Clarence K. Wilson (R), S/Sgt Bernard P. Cerzosimo (BTG), S/Sgt George J. Moran (WG), S/Sgt Bernard J. Dyszel (T) - Flew together as a crew on all 1Lt Freeland combat missions and completed their 35 mission combat tours on 10 November 1944 (Mission 271 with the following exceptions:
    • 1Lt Nugent (B) - Not on 1Lt Freeland missions (4 missions - 253, 256, 263, 268); With other Pilots (5 missions - 249, 251, 253, 256, 260).
    • T/Sgt Wilson (R) - Not on 1Lt Freeland mission (210) With another Pilot (272)
    • S/Sgt Moran (WG) - Not on 1Lt Freeland missions (8 missions - 252, 253, 256, 259, 263, 266, 268, 271). With other Pilots (7 missions -283, 284, 286, 289, 290, 291, 293). Did not fly with the 1Lt Freeland crew after 13 September 1944 (Mission 242) Completed combat tour on 30 Dec 1944 (Mission 293).
    • S/Sgt Dyszel (TG) - Not on Freeland missions (266, 271). With other Pilots (272, 273). Completed combat tour on 16 November 1944 (Mission 273).
  • Sgt Ronald A. McDougall (WG) - Removed from the 1Lt Freeland crew and transferred out of the 358BS on 18 July 1944 when crew size was changed from 10 to 9 men. Flew no 303rd BG(H) combat missions.
Crew Incident: The crew complained during the 13 September 1944 mission 242 post mission debriefing that food in the mess hall was very poor and that Wieners and Sauerkraut served to them on the previous day was "Not good flying food." There is no record as to whether this complaint resulted in better "flying food."

[photos courtesy of Louis J. Prudhoe (1st photo) and George T. Mackin (2nd photo)]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]