Quick Search
358th White Crew
Franklin F. White, Pilot
 Home About Us Contact Us Donate Newsletter 8th AFHS Links FAQ Facebook Search
 Personnel Aircraft Nose Art B-17 Thunderbird Ground Support Uniforms Journals More Info
 Mission Reports Combat Crews Individual Photos Photos POW KIA MACR Overseas Graves TAPS


FRANKLIN F. WHITE CREW - 358th BS
B-17G #42-102945 Sweet Pea (358BS) VK-M
(crew assigned 358BS: 15 July 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Robert M. Ross (B/N), 2Lt Wallace A. Clines (CP),
1Lt Franklin F. White (P), 2Lt Seymour Kaufman (N)

(Front L-R) T/Sgt William J. Adams (E), S/Sgt Frederick S. Gilman (BT),
S/Sgt Henry L. Vesely (R), S/Sgt Monroe C. Hein (WG),
Sgt William H. Crumpton (WG), S/Sgt James R. Campbell (TG)

(Ranks and grades at time of last combat missions)

Thirty-five credited combat missions of 1Lt Franklin F. White:
214 (29 July 1944), 215, 216, 217, 224, 225, 227, 228, 230, 233, 234, 239, 240, 241, 243, 244, 245, 247, 249, 250, 251, 252, 255, 258, 260, 261, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274 (20 Nov 1944). For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Crew Notes:

  • 1Lt Franklin F. White (P) - All of his 35 missions flown as First Pilot. First two missions flown with an experienced combat orientation CoPilot, 2Lt John R. Helms. Combat tour (35 missions) completed on 20 Nov 1944 (Mission 274).
  • 2Lt Wallace A. Clines (CP) - Flew no combat missions with the 1Lt White Crew. Flew two missions as CoPilot with Lt Telesphor Lojewski (214, 215). 2Lt Clines Was hospitalized and flew no more combat missions. 1Lt White flew with fourteen different CoPilots: Lt John N. Petersen - 16 missions (217, 224, 227, 230, 233, 240, 241, 243, 244, 245, 249, 250, 251, 260, 261, 267); 2Lt John R. Helms - 2 missions (214, 215), 2Lt Harry E. Hopkins - 6 missions (269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274); Eleven other CoPilots who flew on a single missions with the 1Lt White crew.
  • 2Lt Seymour Kaufman (N) - Flew on 23 missions with 1Lt White (214, 215, 216, 217, 224, 225, 227, 228, 230, 233, 234, 239, 240, 241, 243, 244, 245, 247, 249, 250, 251, 252, 255) and 12 missions with other seven other Pilots (273, 274, 275, 277, 279, 280, 281, 287, 294, 296, 297, 298A). Combat tour (35 missions) completed on 6 Jan 1945 (Mission 298A).
  • 1Lt Robert M. Ross (B/N) - Flew on 34 missions with 1Lt White: As Bombardier (25 missions - 214, 215, 216, 217, 224, 225, 227, 228, 230, 233, 234, 239, 240, 241, 243, 244, 245, 247, 249, 250, 251, 252, 255, 260, 261); As Navigator (9 missions - 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274); As Navigator with 2Lt William H. Woodson (275). Combat Tour (35 missions) completed on 21 Nov 1944 (Mission 275).
  • T/Sgt William J. Adams (E), S/Sgt Frederick S. Gilman (BTG), S/Sgt Monroe C. Hein (WG) and S/Sgt James R. Campbell - Flew all of their 35 combat missions with 1Lt White. Combat tours (35 missions) completed on 20 Nov 1944 (Mission 274).
  • S/Sgt Henry L. Vesely (R) - Stood down on one mission (241). All other missions with 1Lt White. Completed 34 combat missions on 21 Nov 1944 (Mission 274).
  • Sgt William H. Crumpton (WG) - Flew no 303rd BG(H) combat missions. Deleted from 1Lt White crew before the crews first mission. A 303rd BG(H) directive mandated crews to fly combat missions with a single Waist Gunner.

Nineteen different B-17Gs flown by 1Lt White on his 35 combat missions See Nose Art for photos of named B-17s:

Serial No. Aircraft Name Squadron ID Code Missions Flown
42-97298 The Floose(358BS) VK-H 214, 250, 251
42-31739 Pugnacious Peter (358BS) VK-P 216, 217, 225, 230, 241, 244, 252
42-31183 Bad Penny(359BS) BN-J224
42-32037 Betty Jane (427BS)GN-E 227
42-102945 Sweet Pea(358BS) VK-M 233
43-37590 Neva-The Silver Lady (358BS)VK-Q 249, 258
43-38258 Forget Me Not Olly (358BS)VK-H 260
43-38554 Bouncing Betty III (358BS)VK-B 268
42-39875 Buzz Blonde (427BS)GN-F 272
44-6503 Lady Alta(358BS)VK-F 273, 274
42-97972 (No name) (358BS)VK-N 215, 216
42-102680 (No name) (358BS) VK-I228
43-38200 (No name) (358BS) VK-E 234, 239
44-6316 (No name) (358BS) VK-C 240, 267
42-97949 (No name) (358BS) VK-O 243, 247
44-6006 (No name) (358BS) VK-D 245, 261
44-8326 (No name) (359BS) BN-S 255
43-38530 (No name) (358BS) VK-G 269, 271
43-38238 (No name) (358BS) VK-L 270

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