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William F. Kentsbeer, Pilot
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WILLIAM F. KENTSBEER CREW - 358th BS
B-17G #43-38999 Emma (358BS) VK-F
(crew assigned 358BS: 01 Apr 1945 - photo: 03 April 1945)

2Lt William F. Kentsbeer (P), 2Lt Glen A. Tableman (CP), F/O Earl W. Rankin (N)

Sgt Francis M. Roddey (TOG), Cpl Benjamin H. Levie (BT), Pvt John C. Hague (TG)
Sgt John J. O'Donnell (R), Cpl Elmer E. Wright (WG), Sgt Francis L. Savage (E)

crewmen are not in order

Missions flown by the Kentsbeer Crew:
356 (9 April 1945), 358, 359, 360, 363, 364 (25 April 1945)

Crew Notes:

  • 2Lt William K. Kentsbeer (P) - Flew on two missions as CoPilot with crew orientation Pilots. Other missions as Crew Pilot.
  • 2Lt Glen A. Tableman (CP) - Did not fly on two missions (356 & 358) with Lt Kentsbeer. Flew on two missions (357 & 358) as CoPilot with other Pilots and four missions (359, 360, 363, 364) with the Lt Kentsbeer crew.
  • Sgt Elmer E. Wright (WG) - The Lt Kentsbeer flew all of their missions without a Waist Gunner. Cpl Wright flew on two missions (356 & 358) as Tail Gunner with the Lt Kentsbeer crew.
  • Other crewmen - Flew on all of the six Lt Kentsbeer crew missions

[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]