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GEORGE S. McCLELLAN CREW - 427th BS
(crew assigned 427BS: 03 Sep 1943 - photo: Scott Field, IL - Aug 1943)
(Back L-R) T/Sgt David Tempesta (E)(KIA), S/Sgt Robert G. Yarian (BTG-POW),
Sgt Selig (R)(not with crew in England), S/Sgt Charles E. Dugan (TG)(POW), S/Sgt Robert H. McGrew (WG)
2Lt Ernest G. Greenwood (CP),
2Lt Merlin L. Cornish (B)(POW),
Not in the photo:
S/Sgt Alfred B. Childs, Jr. (RWG)(POW),
(KIA-POW) On 11 Jan 1944 mission #98 to Oschersleben, Germany in B-17F #41-24587 Bad Check (427th BS) GN-O. Bad Check was the first of eleven 303rd BG(H) B-17s to be lost on this mission. Was seen in distress at 12,000 feet going down in a slow spin with wheels down in the Lienen (West Fallen) area. It crashed about 20 miles southwest of Osnabruck, Germany. San Quentin Penitentiary inmates named this bomber Bad Check (It always comes back) and financed it through war bonds that they purchased.
2Lt William A. Fisher (CP)(KIA), on his first combat mission, was a substitute for 2Lt Ernest G. Greenwood, who was upgraded from Co Pilot to Pilot on 11 May 1944 and went on to complete his combat tour on 20 May 1944.
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]