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Joseph E. Stevens, Pilot
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JOSEPH E. STEVENS - 360th BS
(Lt Stevens assigned to 360th BS: 01 January 1944)
(Upgraded from John F. Coppom Crew CoPilot to Pilot: 23 March 1944)


1Lt Joseph E. Stevens (P)(1), 2Lt Amon E. Earhart (CP)(2),
1Lt Samuel P. Fleming (N)(1), 1Lt Robert A. Finley (B)(3)

T/Sgt John L. Brewster (E)(1), T/Sgt Eddie Deerfield (R)(4),
S/Sgt Melvin E. Schultz (BTG)(5), S/Sgt Edgar W. Cole (LWG)(1),
S/Sgt Marion F. Fitko (RWG)(6), Sgt Marvin R. Edwards (TG)(1)

Fifteen missions flown by the 1Lt Joseph E. Stevens Crew:
125 (22 March 1944), 126, 127, 128, 129, 132, 133, 134, 135, 138, 139, 140(A), 141, 142, 143 (27 April 1944)

Crew Pilots

  • Lt Melvin Skepron was the original crew pilot at Pyote AAF, TX in September 1944. Lt Skepron was KIA in Northern Ireland crash during the overseas flight from USA to UK.
  • Lt John F. Coppom became the Pilot replacing Lt Skepron with Lt Stevens as CoPilot. Crew Flew 8 missions with the Lt Coppom as Pilot (101, 105, 107, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115).
  • Lt David Hicks became the crew Pilot and Lt Stevens continued as CoPilot when Lt Coppom completed his 25 mission combat tour. Crew flew 7 missions with Lt Hicks (118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124)
  • Lt Joseph E. "Jack" Stevens became the crew Pilot shortly before Lt Hick's completed his combat tour. Crew dispatched on 15 missions with Lt Stevens as Pilot (125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 132, 133, 134, 135, 138, 129, 140(A), 141, 142, 143)

Crew Notes:

  1. Regular Crewmen - Flew on all of the Lt Coppom, Hicks & Stevens missions: Lt Joseph H. Stevens (CP/P), 1Lt Samuel P. Fleming (N), T/Sgt John L. Brewster (E), S/Sgt Edgar W. Cole (RWG) and Sgt Marvin R. Edwards (TG)
  2. 2Lt Amon E. Earhart (CP) - Flew on three missions (125, 126 & 127). Four other CoPilots used: 2Lt Paul L. Ellsworth (132, 133, 134, 135, 139, 140(A), 141, 142, 143); Three other CoPilots (128, 129, 138)
  3. 1Lt Robert A. Finley (B) - Flew on all missions except three where substitute Bombardiers were used (109, 114, 132)
  4. T/Sgt Eddie Deerfield (R) - Flew on one mission with Lt Hicks (122) and twelve with Lt Stevens (125, 126, 127, 128, 134, 135, 138, 139, 140(A), 141, 142, 143). T/Sgt Gaylord W. Geisman (R), original crewman, flew on the Lt Coppom missions and first four Lt Hicks missions. Was wounded and hospitalized on mission #121 (16 March 1943) and removed from combat status. Was replaced by T/Sgt Eddie Deerfield. Substitute Radio Operator, S/Sgt Oscar Villasenor, used on five missions (123, 124, 129, 132, 133).
  5. S/Sgt Melvin E. Schultz (BTG) flew on six Lt Stevens missions (126, 127, 128, 129, 132, 133). S/Sgt John F. Deffinger flew on the Lt Coppom missions and first two Lt Hicks missions. The Lt Hicks crew used two substitute BTGs. The Lt Stevens crew used five other BTGs - S/Sgt Harold G. Reid on two missions (134, 135); S/Sgt David O. Michael on two missions (139, 140); S/Sgt Thomas E. Weaver on three missions (141, 142, 143); Other BTGs on two missions (125, 138)
  6. S/Sgt Marion F. Fitko - Flew on all Lt Coppom, Hicks and Stevens missions except mission 109 where a substitute was used.
Additional Crew Information:
See the Lt John F. Coppom and Lt David F. Hicks on site crew pages

[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]