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FORREST E. MILLER CREW - 427th BS
(crew assigned 427BS: 15 Feb 1945 - photo: USA, Dec 1944)

(Back L-R) Sgt Jerry E. Burns (BT), S/Sgt Robert R. Retzlaff (R),
S/Sgt Robert B. Rogers (TG), S/Sgt Thomas R. Conroy (E),
S/Sgt Walter Bulbach (WG/TOG)

(Front L-R) 2Lt Forrest E. Miller (P), F/O Kenneth R. Woodworth (CP),
2Lt Harold W. Higgens (N), F/O Arnold H. Hansen (B)


FORREST E. MILLER CREW - 427th BS
(crew assigned 427BS: 15 Feb 1945)

(Back L-R) 2Lt Forrest E. Miller (P), F/O Kenneth R. Woodworth (CP),
F/O Arnold H. Hansen (B), 2Lt Harold W. Higgens (N)

(Front - not in order) Sgt Jerry E. Burns (BT), S/Sgt Robert R. Retzlaff (R),
S/Sgt Robert B. Rogers (TG), S/Sgt Thomas R. Conroy (E),
S/Sgt Walter Bulbach (WG/TOG)

Crew Incident: On 28 March 1945 returning from mission #347 to Berlin, Germany in B-17G #42-97281 Queenie (427BS) GN-Q. Queenie left the formation over France when two engines were running rough. The #2 engine was feathered. The Navigator's "G" Box and compass became inoperative and Lt Miller dropped to 500 feet to search for an airfield. The B-17 made a wheels-up landing in a pasture near Sandwich, in southeast England. There were no injuries on the eight man crew. The B-17 was salvaged. S/Sgt Rogers (TG) was not with the crew. Sgt Francis E. McDonald (Tog) was a substitute for F/O Hansen (B).

[photos courtesy of Forrest E. Miller and Daniel Bon]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]