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Curtis M. Olsen, Pilot
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CURTIS M. OLSEN - 427th BS
(Assigned 427BS: 29 March 1943)
(Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot, Alexander C. Strickland Crew: 15 Aug 1943)


Pick-up Crewmen utilized by Lt Curtis M Olsen:

  • CoPilots: Lt Howard C. Ness (58, 59, 60); Lt Silas B. Ashwell (63, 64)
  • Navigators: Lt Elmer L. Brown (58); Lt Charles L. Herman (59); Lt Robert V. Doyle (60, 63, 64)
  • Bombardiers: Lt Walter E. Witt (58, 59, 60); Lt John J. Reeder (63, 64)
  • Engineers: S/Sgt Otto D. Johnson (58, 59, 60); T/Sgt Charles E. Walsh (63, 64)
  • Radio Operators: S/Sgt A.J. Hamilton (58, 59, 60); T/Sgt Leonard E. Ratliff (63, 64)
  • Ball Turret Gunners: Sgt Angelo L. Longo (58, 59, 60); S/Sgt Angelo J. Tambe (63, 64)
  • Right Waist Gunners: S/Sgt Frank L. Misiak (58, 59, 60); S/Sgt William A. Watts (63); S/Sgt Delvin Smith (64)
  • Left Waist Gunners: S/Sgt Leonard A. Kesky (58, 59, 60); Sgt Van B. Priestly (63); T/Sgt Jesse J. Jessee (64)
  • Tail Gunners: Sgt Jesse E. Tripp (58, 59, 60); Sgt Frederick B. Knight (63); S/Sgt Anthony W. Sherg (64)
Five combat missions flown by Lt Curtis M. Olson as 1st Pilot:
58 (15 August 1943), 59, 60, 63, 64 (17 August 1943) For mission dates and targets see the missions list.

Lt Curtis M. Olson - CoPilot:
Flew on twenty-one missions as Co Pilot on the Capt Alexander J. Strickland Crew between 5 April 1944 and 12 August 1944. Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on orders dated 13 August 1943 and flew five combat missions as 1st Pilot. Twenty-five combat mission tour completed on 27 August 1943.

[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]