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EHLE H. REBER CREW - 427th BS
B-17F #41-24619 S-for-Sugar (427BS) GN-S
(original crew assigned 427BS: 01 May 1942 - photo: 12 Oct 1942)
(Back L-R) 1Lt Ehle H. Reber (P-KIA); 2Lt Allan D. Mitchell (CP-KIA);
2Lt Jarold J. Byrom (N-KIA); 2Lt Robert J. Swindle (B-KIA)(2)
(Front - not in order)
T/Sgt Duke L. Hamilton (E-KIA);
(KIA) On 23 Jan 43 mission #11 to Lorient, France in B-17F #41-24607 Jerry Jinx (427BS) GN-W. Ditched in Bay of Biscay after being downed by German fighters caused by break up of the formation when another Group flew above the 303rd BG(H) on the bomb run. (10 crewmen KIA) Substitute crewmen (not in Photo) on the 23 Jan 43 mission were: S/Sgt D.A. Mayo (BTG-KIA) and Sgt Roger W. Milford (TG-KIA).
1Lt Reber is at the far left.
Ehle Reber (pronounced E-Lee) kept a journal up until he was killed. It is the most interesting account of the very early days of the 303rd I have ever read. See this WORD file.
[crew photo from the 303rdBGA Archives - NY Times Magazine cover courtesy of Betty Roby]