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HARLEY D. SNIDER CREW - 358th BS
B-17G #42-97298 The Floose VK-H
(crew assigned 358BS: 02 Oct 1944 - photo: 8 Dec 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Harley D. Snider (P),
1Lt Joe T. Kunkel (CP), 2Lt Robert W. McCorkle (N)

(Front L-R) T/Sgt John R. Work (E), Sgt Edward P. Kudder (BT),
Sgt Murray W. Wade, Jr. (TOG), T/Sgt Robert S. Ludington (R)

[photo courtesy of George T. Mackin]



(L-R) Sgt John L. Stevenson (TG) Sgt Edward P. Kudder (BT),
T/Sgt John R. Work (E), Sgt Murray W. Wade, Jr. (TOG)

[photo courtesy of Carol L. Elder, daughter of John L. Stevenson]


The 1Lt Snider never had a regularly assigned Tail Gunner or Bombardier/Togglier. A number of different men were utilized to fly in these crew positions on each combat mission

Thirty dispatched (29 credited) combat missions flown by 1Lt Harley D. Snider: 268 (15 Nov 1944), 269, 271, 272, 273, 276, 279, 280, 281, 283(A), 286, 289, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295A(LC), 296, 299, 300(DLC), 301, 303, 304, 308, 312(DLC), 316(DLC), 320(DLC), 324(DLC), 328(DLC), & 332(DLC) (8 March 1945).
(LC) Flown as a Lead Crew Pilot -- (DLC) Flown as a Deputy Lead Crew Pilot
(A) Non credited aborted mission. For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Crew Notes:

  • 1Lt Harley D. Snider (P) - Flew on his first mission as CoPilot with Combat Orientation Pilot 1Lt Campbell Miller. All Other missions as First Pilot. One missions as a Lead Crew Pilot (295A) and seven missions as a Deputy Lead Crew Pilot (300, 312, 316, 320, 324, 328, 332). Completed his 30 mission combat tour (With credits for Lead and Deputy Lead Crew missions) on 8 March 1945 (Mission 332).
  • 1Lt Joe T. Kunkel (CP) - Stood down on mission 268. Flew on 22 missions with 1Lt Snider (269, 271, 272, 273, 276, 279, 280, 281, 283(A), 286, 289, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295A, 299, 308, 312, 316, 320, 324) and 7 missions with other Pilots: As CoPilot (258, 262, 263, 264, 265); As Lead Crew Tail Gunner/Observer (261, 300). Completed his combat tour on 26 Feb 1945 (Mission 324).
  • 2Lt Robert W. McCorkle (N) - Flew on 12 missions with 1Lt Snider (268, 269, 271, 272, 279, 280, 281, 283(A), 286, 292, 295A (Lead Crew), 320 (Lead Crew) and 22 missions with other Pilots (258, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 299, 300, 302, 304, 305, 309, 314, 319, 322, 323, 324, 334, 335, 336, 339, 340. Completed his combat tour on 19 March 1945 (Mission 340).
  • T/Sgt John R. Work (E) - Flew on 28 missions with 1Lt Snider (All of the 1Lt Snider missions except for 294 & 332). Flew on five missions with other Pilots (261, 262, 263, 264, 275) Completed his combat tour on 2 March 1945 (Mission 328).
  • T/Sgt Robert S. Ludington (R) - Flew on 28 missions with 1Lt Snider (All of the 1Lt Snider missions except for 283(A) & 332). Flew on four missions with other Pilots (262, 263, 264, 265). Completed his combat tour on 2 March 1945 (Mission 328).
  • S/Sgt Edward P. Kudder (BTG) - Flew on 26 missions with 1Lt Snider: As Ball Turret Gunner (23 missions - 268, 269, 271, 272, 273, 276, 279, 280, 281, 283(A), 286, 289, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295A, 296, 299, 301, 303, 304, 308); As Waist Gunner (2 missions - 300, 316); As Tail Gunner (1 mission - 312) and 7 missions with other Pilots (262, 263, 264, 265, 324, 330, 331). Completed combat tour on 7 March 1945 (Mission 331).
  • S/Sgt Murray W. Wade (WG) - Flew on 27 missions with 1Lt Snider: As Waist Gunner (24 missions - 268, 269, 271, 272, 273, 276, 279, 280, 281, 283(A), 286, 289, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295A, 296, 299, 301, 303, 304, 308, 312); As Tail Gunner (3 missions - 300, 324, 328) and 7 missions with other Pilots (As Togglier -262, 263, 264, 265); As Waist Gunner (289, 293, 300). Completed combat tour on 2 March 1945 (Mission 328).
Sixteen B-17Gs flown by 1Lt Harley D. Snider on his 30 dispatched combat missions:

Serial No. Aircraft Name Squadron ID Code Missions Flown
43-38258 Forget Me Not Olly (*) (358BS) VK-H 269
44-8427 Henn's Revenge (*) (358BS) VK-E 276
42-107206 Old Black Magic (359BS) BN-R 281
43-38191 Shasta (*) (358BS) VK-A 290, 292, 293
42-102945 Sweet Pea (*) (358BS) VK-M 294
43-38999 Emma (*) (358BS) VK-F 296, 299, 303, 304
43-38065 Princess Pat 2 (358BS) VK-J 301, 308
43-38842 (No name) (360BS) PU-N 268
43-38238 (No name) (358BS) VK-L 271, 272, 273, 279, 280, 283(A), 286
44-6316 (No name) (358BS) VK-C 289
44-8125 Sparky (*) (PFF) (360BS) PU-Y 295A
44-8526 Yankee Girl (*) (PFF) (359BS) BN-Y 316
44-8439 (No name) (PFF) (360BS) PU-Z 300, 320
44-8351 (No name) (PFF) (358BS) VK-Z 312, 324
44-8484 (No name) (PFF) (358BS) VK-W 328
44-8038 (No name) (PFF) (427BS) GN-Z 332

Snider Crew flew no combat missions in the Crew Photo B-17G "The Floose"
(PFF) Lead Crew PFF B-17Gs -- (*) See our Nose Art for photos of these named B-17s
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]