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GUY H. McCLUNG CREW - 359th BS
B-17F Knockout Dropper #41-24605 359BS (BN-R)
(crew assigned 359BS: 09 Feb 1944 - photo: 17 July 1943)

(Back L-R) 2Lt Theodore I. Rothman (B), F/O Harold S. Bolsover (CP),
2Lt William E. Rosenberry (CP), 2Lt Donald G. Stettler (N), 2Lt Guy H. McClung (P)

(Front L-R) Sgt George W. Vogel (BT), S/Sgt Casimir P. Piatek (TG),
T/Sgt Raymond K. Roberts (R), Sgt Francis J. Ryan (WG),
T/Sgt Ralph A. Coykendall (E), S/Sgt James J. Traban (WG)

(Ranks and Grades at time of photo.)

[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]



GUY H. McCLUNG CREW - 359th BS
B-17F Miss Bea Haven #42-5257 359BS (BN-S)

(Back L-R) Capt Theodore I. Rothman (B), 2Lt Donald G. Stettler (N),
2Lt William E. Rosenberry (CP), Capt Guy H. McClung (P)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt Casimir P. Piatek (TG), T/Sgt Ralph A. Coykendall (E)(POW),
S/Sgt Francis J. Ryan (WG)(WIAI), T/Sgt Raymond K. Roberts (R)(KIA),
S/Sgt James J. Traban (WG), S/Sgt George W. Vogel (BT)

(Ranks and Grades at time of last combat mission.)


Twenty-nine dispatched (26 credited) combat missions flown by Capt Guy H. McClung:
19 (4 March 1943), 20, 21(A), 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 (AS), 31, 33(A), 34, 35, 36, 37(A), 38, 40, 42, 43, 43A, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 58 (24 July 1943) - For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.
(A) Three Non-Credited aborted missions: (21) Hands frozen, S/Sgt Piatek (TG) (Flight time - 2:31); (33) Sgt Cecil W. Phillips(BTG) sick (Flight time - 1:05) (37) S/Sgt Cecil W. Phillips (BTG) had cramps (Flight time - 1:13)
(AS) One Credited abortive Sortie: Sgt Gordon K. McCoy (R) passed out. Ball Turret guns out (Flight time - 2:20)

Seven B-17Fs flown by Capt Guy L. McClung on his 29 dispatched combat missions:

  • 42-5257 Miss Bea Haven (359BS) BN-S - Missions 19, 20, 21(A), 22, 23, 34
  • 42-5482 Cat-O-Nine Tails (359BS) BN-W - Missions 28, 31, 33(A), 34, 35, 37(A), 38, 42, 43A
  • 42-5117 Fast Worker MkII (359BS) BN-U - Mission 29(AS)
  • 42-5221 Son aka Shades of Stricnine (427BS) GN-Z - Mission 36
  • 42-29640 Old Ironsides (359BS) BN-X) - Missions 44*, 45
  • 41-24505 Knockout Dropper (359BS) BN-R - Missions 43, 47, 48, 49, 51, 54, 55
  • 41-24635 The '8' Ball Mk II (359BS) BN-O - Mission 58
Crew Notes (Crewmen in photo #1)
  • Capt Guy H. McClung (P) - Experienced combat orientation CoPilot 2Lt James S. Nix, used on first two missions (19, 20), Flew as CoPilot on two missions (43, 58). Other Missions flown as First Pilot. Completed 25 mission combat tour on 15 August 1943 (Mission 58).
  • 2Lt William E. Rosenberry (CP) - Flew on 5 dispatched (4 credited) missions with Capt McClung (21(A), 22, 23, 24, 29). Flew no other missions with other Pilots. Last mission on 5 April 1943 (Mission 29).
  • 2Lt Harold S. Bolsover (CP) - Flew on five credited missions with Capt McClung: As CoPilot (49, 51, 54, 55); As Bombardier (42). Flew on 12 dispatched (10 credited) missions with 1Lt Robert L. Phelps, Jr. (63, 65, 66, 67, 70, 71(A), 72, 73, 74, 75, 76(A), 78), Flew on two missions as Tail Gunner/Observer with other Pilots (52, 57). Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on orders dated 16 Oct 1943 and dispatched on ten missions (9 credited) as First Pilot (82 (11/16/43), 83, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93 (A), 94, 95, 97). Completed 25 mission combat tour on 07 January 1944 (Mission 97).
  • 2Lt Donald G. Stettler (N) - Flew on 24 dispatched (21 credited) missions with Capt McClung (All McClung missions except 43, 52, 54, 55, 58). Flew on 4 credited missions with other Pilots: 1Lt James S. Nix (32, 41, 43); Major Calhoun (Lead Crew mission 50). Completed 25 mission combat tour on 17 July 1943 (Mission 51).
  • Capt Theodore I. Rothman (B) - Flew on 22 dispatched (19 credited missions with Capt McClung. (All McClung missions except 42, 43, 43A, 44, 45, 47, 58). Flew on 8 dispatched (6 credited) missions with Pilot 1Lt Robert L Phelps (71(A), 72, 73, 74, 75, 76(A), 77, 78). Completed 25 mission combat tour on 14 October 1943 (mission 78).
  • T/Sgt Ralph A. Coykendall (E)(POW) - Flew on 24 dispatched missions (21 credited) with Capt McClung (All McClung missions except 43, 52, 54, 55, 58). Flew on five missions with other Pilots (18, 32, 41, 50). Completed his 25 mission combat tour on 17 July 1943 (Mission 55). Volunteered for a second combat tour and completed three additional missions with other Pilots (273, 274, 275. Became a POW on 21 November 1944 (Mission 275) with 1Lt Arthur M. Chance (P) in B-17G 42-102484 Heller's Angel (359BS) BN-K.
  • T/Sgt Raymond K. Roberts (R)(KIA) - Flew on eleven credited missions with Capt McClung (40, 42, 43A, 44, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55). Flew on eighteen dispatched (17 credited) missions with other Pilots: 1Lt Ercil F. Eyster (3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14); 1Lt Robert L. Phelps (75, 76, 77, 78); Other Pilots (7, 38(A), 41, 43, 50, 61, 83). Was killed in Action on 26 November 1943 (Mission 83) to Bremen, Germany in B-17G 42-5177 Fast Worker II (359BS) BN-U, 2Lt Harold S. Bolsover (P) by ME-109 cannon fire. His body was returned to Molesworth. He is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery (Plot C-4-68).
  • S/Sgt George W. Vogel (BTG) - Flew on one mission with the Capt McClung (31) and on twenty-four dispatched (23 credited) missions with other Pilots: 1Lt James L. Nix (32 as Nose Gunner); 1Lt Robert L. Mattison (As LWG - 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, As Top Turret Gunner - 42, 43(A), 43A, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 61, 64, 65). See 359BS Robert L. Mattison crew web page.
  • T/Sgt Francis J. Ryan (WG)(WIA) - Flew on 21 dispatched (19 credited) missions with Capt McClung (All McClung missions except 20, 21(A), 28, 29, 43, 45, 55, 58) and six credited missions with other Pilots: As Waist Gunner (17, 18, 32); As Photographer (45, 58). Wounded on 18 March 1943 (Mission 24). Was off flying status until mission 31. Came back and completed 25 mission combat tour on 15 August 1943 (Mission 58).
  • S/Sgt James J. Traban (WG) - Few on 24 dispatched (21 credited) missions with Capt McClung (All McClung missions except 19, 29, 43, 55, 58). Missions 52 and 54 flown as Engineer. Flew on four missions with other Pilots (18, 19, 41, 50). Completed 25 mission combat tour on 26 July 1943 (Mission 54).
  • S/Sgt Casimir P. Piatek (TG)(INJ) - Flew on 25 dispatched (22 credited) missions with Capt McClung. (All McClung missions except 38, 43, 58) and three missions with other Pilots (32, 56, 58). Injured (hands frozen) on aborted mission 21 on 18 March 1943 but went on to complete his 25 mission combat tour on 15 August 1843 (Mission 58).
Crew Notes (Substitute crewmen - not in photos)
  • Sgt Gordon K. McCoy (R) - Flew on nine credited missions with Capt McClung (28, 29, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38) and six dispatched (5 credited) missions with other Pilots (15, 17, 18(A), 20, 25, 32). Completed fourteen credited mission on 19 May 1943 (Mission 38).
  • T/Sgt Robert Gentry (R)(WIA) - Flew on six credited missions with Capt McClung (19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24) and one mission with 1Lt Sanford T. Smith (18). Completed 7 credited missions on 18 March 1943 (mission 24) on which he was wounded and was removed from flying ststus
  • S/Sgt Carl W. Phillips (BTG)(WIA) - Dispatched on eleven (8 credited) missions with Capt McClung (19, 20, 21(A), 22, 23, 24, 33, 34, 35(A), 36, 37(A) ) and one credited mission with 358BS 1Lt Robert J. Nolan (18). Wounded on 18 March 1943 (Mission 24). Recuperated until 4 May 1943 and then completed 5 additional missions and called it quits. Completed 12 credited missions on 17 May 1943 (Mission 37).
  • Sgt Francis J. Joubert (BTG). Dispatched on five credited missions with Capt McClung (51, 52, 54, 55, 58) and eighteen dispatched (24 credited) missions with other Pilots: 2Lt Malcolm E. Brown (66(A), 67); 1Lt Robert L. Phelps (70, 71(A), 72, 73, 74, 75, 76(A), 77, 78; 2Lt Harold S. Bolsover (82, 83, 88, 92, 93(A), 95, 97). Completed 19 credited missions on 11 January 1944 (Mission 97).


[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]