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Edward J. Von Aesch, Pilot
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EDWARD J. VON AESCH CREW - 427th BS
(crew assigned 427BS: 07 April 1945 - photo: 18 April 1945)



EDWARD J. VON AESCH CREW - 427th BS
(crew assigned 427BS: 07 April 1945)

(Back L-R) F/O Edward J. Von Aesch (P), 2Lt Andrew W. Suich (CP),
F/O Leon Lieberman (N), 2Lt Arthur E. Osmundson (B)

(Front L-R) Sgt Bert Batts (BT), Sgt Charles G. McDonald (WG),
Sgt Harrison D. Caputo (TG), Sgt Martin L. Anderson, Jr. (R), Sgt William C. Kenney (E)

Crew Notes:

Sgt Charles G. McDonald (WG) was removed from crew after arrival at Molesworth when crew size was reduced to 8 men. Sgt McDonald flew no 303rd BG(H) combat missions. Other F/O Von Aesch crewmen flew on four combat missions:

  1. 361 4/16/45 Straubing, Germany - #42-39885 "Sweet Rose O'Grady" 427BS (GN-R)
  2. 362 4/17/45 Dresden, Germany - #44-6977 " Better Do'Er" 427BS (GN-D)
  3. 363 4/20/45 Treuenbrietzen, Germany - #44-8692 "Little Tillie" aka "Sweet Tillie" 427BS (GN-A)
  4. 364 4/25/45 Pilsen, Czechoslovakia - #44-8692 "Little Tillie" aka "Sweet Tillie" 427BS (GN-A)
Mission Notes:
  1. F/O Von Aesch flew as Co Pilot with 2Lt Joseph Danna as orientation Pilot. 2nd Lt Suich (CP) stood down.
  2. F/O Von Aesch flew as Pilot with 2Lt Vivian S. Van Derhei as CoPilot. 2nd Lt Suich (CP) stood down.
  3. & 4. All eight F/O Von Aesch crewmen flew together these missions.

[photo courtesy of Tom Keller]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]