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Malcolm F. Damon, Pilot
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(Assigned 427BS: 01 April 1945 - photo: 19 April 1945)

(Assigned 427BS: 01 April 1945)

Original 2Lt Malcolm F. Damon Crew:
2Lt Malcolm F. Damon (P), 2Lt Milton G. Whitford (CP),
2Lt Howard G. Burr (N) (back, 2nd from right)

Sgt John M. Leenstra (TOG), Sgt John Keserich (E) (front, 2nd from left),
Sgt Daniel J. Jordan (R), Sgt Donald K. Braun (BTG),
Cpl Arthur M. Loy (WG), Sgt Delbert M. Mikkelson (TG)

crewmen are not in order

Seven missions flown by the Damon Crew:
357 (10 April 1945), 358, 359, 361, 362, 363 & 364 (25 April 1945)

Crew Notes:

  • 2Lt Malcolm F. Damon (P) - Flew on the first two missions (357 & 358) with a crew orientation CoPilot, F/O Earl Weatherby. Other five missions as Crew Pilot

  • 2Lt Milton G. Whitford (CP) - Did not fly on the 2Lt Damon crew's first two missions (357 & 358). Flew other five missions as crew CoPilot.

  • Sgt Daniel J. Jordan (R) . Flew on the first six missions. A substitute Radio Operator, S/Sgt John P. Mullen, was used on one mission (364)

  • Cpl Arthur M. Loy (WG) - Flew on one mission (364) as Tail Gunner with the 2Lt Joseph Danna Crew. The 2Lt Damon crew did not fly with a Waist Gunner on any of their combat missions.

  • Other crewmen flew on all seven missions with the 2Lt Damon crew

  • The 2Lt Damon crew had an extra crewman on two missions:

    • S/Sgt John M. Ladd (Spot Jammer) - mission 358
    • Sgt John J. Brody (Y Operator) - mission 363

[Photo courtesy of Jon Keserich - Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht]