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FRANK MAXEY, JR. CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 16 Jan 1944)

(Back L-R) T/Sgt John D. Gonsalves (E), S/Sgt Clifford G. Rabun (R),
S/Sgt Wendell B. Johnston (WG), S/Sgt George L. Angelo (TG),
S/Sgt Norman F. Swain (BT), Sgt Robert A. Hodgins (WG)

(Front L-R) 1Lt Frank Maxey, Jr. (P), 1Lt R.A. Knight (CP),
1Lt Marcus F. Shamban (N), 2Lt Aronold I. Spatt (B)

(Ranks and grades at time of last combat mission.)

[photo courtesy of David McCullough]




FRANK MAXEY, JR. CREW - 358th BS
(photo: 06 Feb 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Frank Maxey, Jr. (P), 2Lt Aronold I. Spatt (B)
1Lt R.A. Knight (CP), 1Lt Marcus F. Shamban (N)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt Wendell B. Johnston (WG), S/Sgt Norman F. Swain (BT),
S/Sgt George L. Angelo (TG), T/Sgt John D. Gonsalves (E),
S/Sgt Clifford G. Rabun (R), Sgt Robert A. Hodgins (WG)

(Ranks and grades at time of last combat mission.)

Thirty-two dispatched (30 credited) missions flown by 1Lt Frank, Maxey, Jr.:
As First Pilot with assigned Crew (23 credited missions - 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 132(A), 133, 134, 139, 140, 142(AS), 145, 146, 148, 150, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159).
With other crews: As CoPilot (4 missions - 103(A), 109, 110(AS), 136); As First Pilot (4 missions 160, 161, 163, 167). First mission 3 Feb 1944. Last mission 2 June 1944.
(A) Non-Credited aborted mission -- (AS) Credited Abortive Sortie - no bombs dropped
For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Crew Notes (All crewmen completed their 30 credited mission combat tour):

  • 1Lt Frank Maxey, Jr. (P) - Missions as indicated above. Combat tour completed on 2 June 1944 (Mission 167).
  • 1Lt R.A. Knight (CP) - Missions as 1Lt Maxey crew CoPilot (14 missions - 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 132(A), 133, 134, 139, 140); As CoPilot, 1Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (6 missions -122, 124, 125, 126, 129, 130); As Co-Pilot with other Pilots (2 missions -141 & 145); Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot (10 First Pilot missions - 147, 148, 150, 151, 154, 155, 157, 158, 159, 163). Combat tour completed on 28 May 1944 ( Mission 163).
  • 1Lt Marcus E. Shamban (N) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (20 missions - All except missions 118, 119 & 120; With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (3 missions - 122, 123, 124); With other Pilots (7 missions - 125, 126, 131, 141, 165, 167, 170). Combat tour completed on 4 June 1944 (Mission 170).
  • 2Lt Arnold I. Spatt (B) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (All 23 credited missions); With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (3 missions - 122, 123, 124); With other Pilots (4 missions - 126, 138, 141, 158). Combat tour completed on 24 May 1944 (Mission 159).
  • T/Sgt John D. Gonsalves (E) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (22 credited missions - All except missions 155, 157 & 159 plus additions 109 & 110 as Waist Gunner; With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (7 missions - 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 130); With other Pilots (1 mission - 141). Combat tour completed on 15 May 1944 (Mission 154).
  • S/Sgt Clifford G. Rabun (R) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (22 credited missions - All except mission 159); With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (7 missions - 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 130); With Other Pilots (1 mission -141). Combat tour completed on 22 May 1944 (Mission 157).
  • S/Sgt Norman F. Swain (BTG) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (21 credited missions - all except missions 115 & 116); With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (7 missions - 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 130). With Other Pilots (2 missions - 141, 167).Combat tour completed on 2 June 1944 (Mission 167). Norman Swain was reduced in grade from Sgt to Private sometime between 25 Feb and 4 Mar 1944 (reason unknown) and was promoted to S/Sgt for his last combat mission (167) on 2 June 1944.
  • S/Sgt Wendell B. Johnston (WG) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (21 credited missions - all except missions 112 & 113); With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (7 missions - 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 130); With other Pilots (2 missions - 110, 141). Combat tour completed on 24 May 1944 (Mission 159).
  • Sgt Robert A. Hodgins (WG) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (22 credited missions - all except mission 159); With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (7 missions - 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 130); With another Pilot (1 mission - 141). Combat tour completed on 22 May 1944 (Mission 157).
  • S/Sgt George L. Angelo (TG) - With 1Lt Maxey assigned crew missions (22 credited missions - All except mission 159); With 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman (P) (7 missions - 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 130); With another Pilot (1 mission - 141). Combat tour completed on 22 May 1944 (Mission 157).

B-17 Aircraft flown by 1Lt Frank Maxey, Jr. on his combat missions:
Had no regularly assigned B-17. Flew combat missions on fourteen different B-17s.

[photo courtesy George T. Mackin]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]