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Roger L. Kuykendall, Pilot
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ROGER L. KUYKENDALL CREW - 360th BS
B-17G Miss Umbriago #42-97187 360BS (PU-I)
(crew assigned 360BS: 04 Aug 1944 - photo: 26 Aug 1944)

(Back L-R) Capt Roger L. Kuykendall (P)(1), 1Lt Loy R. Norris (CP)(2),
1Lt Norman M. Klein (N)(3), 1Lt Sylvester H. Rape (B)(4)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt Forrest E. Barton (R)(5),
S/Sgt Harry D. Evans, Jr. (E)(5), Sgt Everett D. Boone (BT)(5),
Sgt Martin M. Dubin (WG) (4), Cpl John P. Alexander (TG)(5)

  1. Captain Roger L. Kuykendall (P) - Flew his first ten missions with his assigned crew (in photo). Was made a Lead Crew Pilot on 17 September 1944. Flew 22 missions as a Lead Crew CoPilot or Pilot. Completed his combat tour on 10 March 1945.
  2. 1Lt Loy R. Norris (CP) - First mission 14 August 1944 as Lt William C. Crawford Crew CoPilot. Flew 11 missions as the 1Lt Kuykendall Crew CoPilot. When 1Lt Kuykendall was made a Lead Crew Pilot, Lt Norris flew seven mission as the CoPilot with three other Pilots. Became a 1st Pilot mission #280 30 Nov 44. Flew three missions as a mission orientation Pilot with three other Pilots and crews. Flew seven missions as Pilot with Captain William E. Jones as CoPilot prior to Capt Jones being made a 1st Pilot. Flew two missions as a Lead Crew CoPilot. Flew his 31st and last mission on 05 January 1945.
  3. 1Lt Norman M. Klein (N) and 1Lt Sylvester H. Rape (B) - Flew their first seven missions with the Kuykendall Crew. Became Lead Crew Navigator and Bombardier when 1Lt Kuykendall became a Lead Crew Pilot. Flew 12 Lead Crew missions with Capt Kuykendall and 12 with other Lead Crew Pilots.
  4. Sgt Martin M. Dubin (WG/TOG) - Flew missions with the Kuykendall Crew as Waist Gunner. When 1Lt (Capt) Kuykendall became a Lead Crew Pilot Sgt Dubin became a Togglier flying with eight different Pilots.
  5. Other Enlisted Crewmen - Became Lead Crewmen when 1Lt (Capt) Kuykendall became a Lead Crew Pilot. Flew most of their Lead Crew missions with Capt Kuykendall and as fill in crewmen with other Lead Crew Pilots.

[photo courtesy of Forrest "Buzz" Barton]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]