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JAMES B. CLARK CREW - 358th BS
B-17F Leapin' Liz #41-24526 (VK-J)
(original crew assigned 358BS: 15 Sep 1942 - photo: 13 Oct 1942)
(Back L-R) 1Lt James B. Clark (P), 2Lt Paul Bouton, Jr. (CP),
2Lt Charles E. Hoffman (N), 2Lt Don W. Lusk, Jr. (B)
(Front L-R) T/Sgt Thomas J. Reino (E), Sgt George F. Hall, Jr. (WG),
Sgt LeRoy W. Wilder (R), Sgt Merlyn Dale Rukes (TG),
Sgt John W. Kennedy (BT), T/Sgt Glen H. Oberman (Passenger-358BS Crew Chief)
Not in photo - Sgt Jonathan S. Land (WG)(KIA) - Assigned to the 358th BS at Boise, Idaho on 3 March 1942. Did not fly with the 1Lt Clark Crew from the USA to Molesworth. PFC Land was transported to Molesworth with the Ground Echelon and later assigned to the 1Lt Clark Crew as a Sergeant and the crew's second Waist Gunner.
Entire crew Killed in Action on Mission #9, 03 Jan 1943 in B-17F #41-24562 Leapin' Liz 358BS (VK-J). B-17 was hit by enemy fighters and ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Sgt Arthur Brunnet (BT-KIA) was a substitute for Sgt Kennedy. T/Sgt Oberman, who flew from the USA with the crew, was not on that mission.
Four dispatched (3 credited) missions of 1Lt James B. Clark:
All crewmen flew all of their combat missions with 1Lt Clark with the following exceptions:
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]