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Arthur G. Carpenter, Jr., Pilot
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ARTHUR G. CARPENTER, JR. CREW - 359th BS
(Assigned 359BS: 11 May 1944)

(Back L-R) T/Sgt Jack F. Pordham (E), T/Sgt Barney J. Bortolotti (R),
Sgt William P. Edmund, Jr. (WG), S/Sgt John C. Vanlandingham (WG),
Sgt Wellington W. Mikulski (BTG), S/Sgt Dal Bee Nichols (TG)

(Front L-R) 2Lt Arthur G. Carpenter, Jr. (P), 2Lt Joseph C. Whitaker, Jr. (CP),
2Lt George E. Reid (N), 2Lt Deane K. Day (B)

Thirty-Three dispatched (thirty credited) missions flown by the 1Lt Carpenter Crew:
157 (22 May 1944), 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 165, 168, 169, 170, 171, 174, 175 (Spare), 176, 177, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 191, 193, 194(A), 196(A), 197, 198, 199, 204, 205, 206, 207, 210 (23 July 1944) -- (A) Non credit aborted mission -- (Spare) Flew as a spare and returned - no credit mission. For mission dates and targets see missions list.

Crew Notes:

  • 1Lt Arthur G. Carpenter (P) - Flew mission #155 as Copilot with the Lt Edwin Assenheimer crew. Flew mission #207 as a combat orientation Pilot with the Lt Clinton A. Moser crew. Other thirty-three missions as his crew's 1st Pilot.
  • 2Lt Joseph C. Whitaker (CP) - Dispatched on twenty-nine 1Lt Carpenter crew missions. Substitute CoPilots used on two missions (168 & 176. 2Lt Whitaker also flew on two missions with other Pilots (203 & 221)
  • 2Lt George E. Reid (N) - Dispatched on thirty-one 1Lt Carpenter crew missions. Substitute Navigators used on two missions (193 & 197). 2Lt Reid also flew on 4 missions with other Pilots (172, 203, 212, 221)
  • 1Lt Deane K. Day (B) - Dispatched on thirty-one 1Lt Carpenter crew missions. Substitute Bombardiers used on two missions (193 & 197). 1Lt Day also flew on four missions with other Pilots (181, 203, 212, 221)
  • T/Sgt Jack F. Pordham (E), T/Sgt Barney J. Bortolotti (R), S/Sgt John C. Vanlandingham (WG) and S/Sgt Dal Bee Nichols (TG) - Dispatched on all of the thirty-three 1Lt Carpenter crew missions. Each flew two additional missions with other Pilots; T/Sgt Fordham (226, 229), T/Sgt Bortolotti (172, 220), S/Sgt Vanlandingham (224, 226), S/Sgt Nichols (230 , 233).
  • Sgt William P. Edmund, Jr. (WG) - Flew on four 1Lt Carpenter crew missions (157, 158, 159, 160). The second Waist Gunner crew position was deleted and Sgt Edmund flew no additional 303rd BG(H) missions.
  • Sgt Wellington W. Mikulski (BTG) - Flew no missions with the 1Lt Carpenter crew or 303rd BG(H). Was an original member of the Lt Carpenter Crew, but was taken off of flight status and made a part of the ground crew of B-17G #42-97284 Ain't Miss Behaven (359BS) BN-C. Substitute Ball Turret Gunners used on all missions: Sgt Raymond N. Dean (from Lt John N. Savage Crew) - Nine missions (158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 165, 168, 169 & 170): Sgt John R. Welch (from Douglas C. Van Weelden crew) - Seventeen missions (182, 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 191, 193, 194(A), 196(A), 197, 198, 199, 204, 205, 206, 210); Four other Ball Turret Gunners on seven missions (157, 171, 174, 175, 176, 177, 180).

[photo courtesy of Dal Bee Nichols]
[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]