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Richard L. McGilvray, Pilot
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RICHARD L. McGILVRAY CREW - 358th BS
B-17G #43-37590 Neva - The Silver Lady 358BS (VK-Q)
(Lt McGilvray assigned 358BS: 01 August 1944 - photo: 02 Dec 1944)
(Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot: 20 October 1944)


1Lt Richard L."Pop" McGilvray (P)(1), 2Lt John A. Thompson (CP)(2),
2Lt Charles L. Fearn (N)(3), 2Lt Bill F. Condor (B)(4)

Sgt Raymond C. Eckhart, Jr. (E)(5), T/Sgt Paul B. Johnson (R)(5),
Sgt David Garza (BTG)(5), Sgt James McGreevy (WG)(6), S/Sgt Gardner B. Smith (TG)(5)

1Lt McGilvray Crew 22 Dispatched (20 credited) Combat Missions:
259 (18 Oct 44), 260, 261, 263, 265(A), 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 273, 274, 275, 277(A), 279, 280, 284, 285, 287, 288, 291, 293 (20 Dec 44)
(A) Non-Credit abortive mission

Crew arrived at Molesworth and were assigned to the 358th BS on 02 Oct 44 without an assigned Pilot. Crew Notes:

  1. 1Lt Richard L. McGilvray (P) - Assigned to the 358th BS on 01 Aug 44. Flew thirteen credited missions as CoPilot with the Lt McCutcheon Crew (229, 230, 231, 236, 238(AS), 245, 246, 249, 249(A), 251, 252, 253, 254, 255). Flew as CoPilot on two missions with other Pilots (228 & 256). Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on orders dated 20 Oct 44 and flew first mission as a 1st Pilot on 18 Oct 44. Flew 20 credited missions as 1st Pilot.
  2. 2Lt John A. Thompson - Flew 18 credited missions with the 1Lt McGilvray crew. Crew used substitute CoPilots on three missions (266, 268 & aborted 277). Flew one mission as a 1st Pilot (299). Flew 10 missions as CoPilot with other Pilots (268, 276, 277, 294, 296, 297, 298A, 300, 301, 303). Flew one missions as a Lead Crew Tail Gunner/Observer (289).
  3. 1Lt Charles L. Fearn (N) - Flew 14 credited missions with Lt McGilvray. Crew used a substitute Navigator on six missions (279, 280, 284, 285, 287 & 288). Flew on sixteen missions with other Pilots: With Lt Heckendorf (279, 280, 284, 285, 287); With Lt Snider (294, 299, 300, 301, 303, 304, 308; with other Pilots (310, 312, 316, 318)
  4. 1Lt Bill F. Conder (B) - Flew 13 credited missions with Lt McGilvray. Crew used a Substitute Bombardier on eight missions (273, 274, 275, 277, 280, 287, 288, 292). Flew on six missions with other Pilots (277, 294, 299, 301, 310, 315)
  5. T/Sgt Raymond C. Eckhart (E) - T/Sgt Paul B. Johnson (R), S/Sgt David Garza (BTG) and S/Sgt Gardner B. Smith - Flew on all 22 of the Lt McGilvray Crew missions. Flew on additional missions with other Pilots: T/Sgt Eckhart - 11 missions (294, 297, 298, 304, 310, 314, 315, 323, 327, 330, 332); T/Sgt Johnson - 11 missions (297, 298A, 310, 314, 315, 318, 323, 326, 327, 330, 332); S/Sgt Garza - 10 missions (297, 298A, 299, 300, 301, 304, 305, 316, 317, 322); S/Sgt Smith - 8 missions (297, 298A, 301, 303, 304, 308, 316, 320, 332, 334)
  6. Sgt James McGreevy (WG/E) - Flew on six Lt McGilvray crew missions (259, 260, 261, 263, 265(A), 266) as Waist Gunner. Flew on additional missions as a Flight Engineer - with Lt Walter J. Mayer (14 missions) and other Pilots (12 missions). Was replaced on the Lt McGilvray Crew as Waist Gunner by Sgt Victor L. Frazier who flew on 13 missions with Lt McGilvray (267, 268, 269, 270, 273, 274, 275, 284, 285, 287, 288, 292, 293). Other Waist Gunners used on three missions (277(A), 279, 280)

[Photo courtesy of the James E. Wylde Family - Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]