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JEROME MILMAN CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 11 Dec 1944 - photo: Dec 1944)

(Back L-R) T/Sgt Robert J. Eygabroad (E), T/Sgt Neal W. Noble (R),
Sgt William C. Ready (WG), Sgt Raymond H. Fox (BTG), Sgt Jack Johnson (TG)

(Front L-R) 1Lt Jerome Milman (P), 2Lt Thomas A. Geile (CP),
1Lt Kenneth Heiser (N), 2Lt Rex Chambers, Jr. (B)

[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]


JEROME MILMAN CREW - 358th BS
B-17G #42-97298 The Floose 358th BS (VK-H)
(photo: 15 Dec 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Jerome Milman (P), 2Lt Thomas A. Geile (CP),
1Lt Kenneth Heiser (N), 2Lt Rex Chambers, Jr. (B)

(Front L-R) T/Sgt Neal W. Noble (R), Sgt Jack Johnson (TG),
T/Sgt Robert J. Eygabroad (E), Sgt William C. Ready (WG), Sgt Raymond H. Fox (BTG)

Twenty-Five credited combat missions flown by 1Lt Jerome Milman:
290 (24 Dec 1944), 291, 292, 296, 298A, 298B, 310, 311, 313(DLC), 315(DLC), 318, 319, 323, 327, 331, 335, 336(DLC), 340(DLC), 342(DLC), 344(DLC), 347(LC), 354(LC), 362(LC), 363, 364 (25 April 1945) - No missions aborted. (DLC) Deputy Lead Crew -- (LC) Lead Crew. For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Crew Notes:
(No member of the crew completed a 35 mission combat tour)

  • 1Lt Jerome Milman (P) - Flew on 25 credited combat missions: Mission 290 flown as CoPilot with 1Lt Jack P. Rencher (P), an experienced combat Pilot. Flew on nine missions as a Deputy Lead Crew Pilot or Lead Crew Pilot - 3 as Lead Crew CoPilot (344, 347, 362) and as six as a Lead Crew First Pilot (314, 315, 336, 340, 342, 354). Last mission on 25 April 1944 (364).

  • 2Lt Thomas A. Geile (P) - Flew on 26 credited combat missions: With 1Lt Milman (16 missions - 292, 294, 298A, 298B, 310, 311, 315 ,318, 319, 323, 327, 331, 335, 336, 340, 342, 344); With other Pilots (8 missions - 291, 353, 354, 356, 362, 364, 314, 354; As First Pilot after being upgraded from Co Pilot to Pilot (2 missions - 355, 358). Last mission flown on 25 April 1945 (364).

  • 1Lt Kenneth Heiser (N) - Flew on 14 credited combat missions: With 1Lt Milman (5 missions - 291, 292, 296, 298A, 298B); With other Pilots as a Lead Crew GH Navigator (9 missions - 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 342, 331, 342, 344). See Lead Crew photo mission 344 Last mission on 23 March 1945 (344).

  • 2Lt Rex Chambers (B) - Flew on 11 credited combat missions: With 1Lt Milman With 1Lt Milman (5 missions - 291, 292, 296, 298A, 298B); With Other Pilots (6 missions as a Lead Crew GH Navigator - 312, 330, 323, 331, 335, 342). Last mission on 21 March 1945 (342).

  • T/Sgt Robert J. Eygabroad (E) - Flew on 21 credited combat missions: All with 1Lt Milman (291, 292, 296, 298A, 310, 311, 314, 315, 318, 319, 323, 327, 331, 335, 336, 340, 342, 344, 354, 363, 364). Last mission on 25 April 1945 (364).

  • T/Sgt Neal W. Noble (R) - Flew on 23 credited combat missions: With 1Lt Milman (18 missions - 291, 292, 296, 298A, 298B, 310, 311, 315, 318, 319, 323, 327, 331, 335, 336, 340, 342, 344); With other Pilots (5 missions - 355, 357, 358, 354, 362). Last mission on 17 April 1945 (362).

  • Sgt Raymond F. Fox (BTG) - Flew on 24 credited combat missions: With 1Lt Milman (18 missions - 291, 292, 296, 298A, 298B, 310, 311, 314, 315, 318, 319, 323, 327, 331, 335, 336, 363, 364); With other Pilots (7 missions - 303, 313, 340, 342, 356, 358, 362). Last mission on 25 April 1945 (364).

  • Sgt William C. Ready (WG) - Flew on 19 credited combat missions: With 1Lt Milman (7 missions - 291, 292, 296, 298A, 298B, 310, 311); With other Pilots as a Waist Gunner (2 missions - 309, 317) and as a Radio Control Monitor (RCM), Spot Jammer (SJ) or Voice Interpreter (VI) (9 missions - 313, 314, 318, 320, 323, 330, 331, 339, 340, 349. Last mission on 31 March 1945 (349).

  • Sgt Jack W. Johnson (TG) - Flew on 24 credited combat missions: With 1Lt Milman (20 missions - 291, 292, 296, 298A, 298B, 310, 311, 314, 315, 318, 319, 323, 327, 331, 335, 336, 340, 342, 344, 354); With other Pilots (309, 313, 362, 363). Last mission on 20 April 1945 (363).
Aircraft Notes - B-17s flown on 1Lt Milman's missions:
  • B-17G 43-38999 Emma (358BS) VK-F - Flown on 10 missions (310, 311, 314, 315, 327, 331, 335, 336, 342, 364.
  • PFF Equipped No name B-17Gs (5 missions - 340, 344, 347, 354, 362)
  • Other B-17Gs - 10 missions: No name B-17s - 43-28238 (296), 43-38530 (291, 298A), 43-38999 (363); Named B-17s - Teddy's Rough Riders (290), Henn's Revenge (292), Sweet Pea (298B), Sky Demon (318, 319), G for George (323).

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