Anderson, M. Crew

Standing (L to R): Leroy Muse (E); Jim Miller (B); Jack Mattson (CP); Merle Anderson (P); Bill Nettekoven (N). Front Row (L to R): William Kilroy (RO); John Lawson (TG); Robert Diehl (WG); William Langdon (WG); Lincoln Molinari (BG)

  • ANDERSON, Merle E, Pilot
  • MATTSON, John J, Co-Pilot
  • NETTEKOVEN, William F, Navigator – POW 28 Dec 44
  • MILLER, James B, Bombardier
  • M– USE, Leroy P, Flight/Eng.
  • KILROY, William C, Radio/Op
  • DIEHL, Robert W, Nose Gunner
  • LAWSON, John B, Tail Gunner
  • LANGDON, William W, Waist Gunner
  • MOLINARI, Lincoln, Ball Gunner

716th Squadron

716logoJohn A. Silverstein (changed his name after the war to John (Jack) Steele) was C.O. from June ‘43 to July ’44. He was followed by Charles E. Harton from July ‘44 to November ’44. Harton had served as the acting C.O. for the 719th squadron while Swan was in the hospital recovering from wounds during May ‘44 to July ‘44. Lloyd M. Bentsen (who became a U.S. Senator from Texas, U. S. Treasurer after the war, and U.S. Vice Presidential Candidate) was the C.O. from November ‘44 until February ’45. Robert Johnson took over from mid-‘45 to V.E. Day in May ’45.

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