• BAUGHMAN, Leon E., Pilot
  • PLAYFORD, Lee R, Co-Pilot
  • GEORGE, Marcus B, Navigator
  • DUDEK, Mieczyslaw , Bombardier
  • THORNE, Charles E., Nose Turret
  • RELYEA, Robert G, F/E – DED 5/21/44 ferry flight Brown
  • JW PLANT, Thomas J, Ball Turret
  • HORNEY, Marcus E., TT – EVD 18 May 44 McInvale, WIA 3 Jul 44 Baughman
  • BEHRENS, Robert G, Rt Waist
  • GNAPP, Steven F, Lt Waist
  • KULPA, Stanley G, Rt Waist

717th Squadron

717logoEdward J. Sass, Jr. was the origi­nal C.O. from June ‘43 to December ’44. Shelby McArthur became C.O. in December ‘44 and remained so until February ‘45. From February ‘45 to May ’45, Wilbur Parker was the C.O.


A replacement ship flown overseas by Leo Baughman crew arriving into the 449th in April ’44. Named by the crew pilot because he was from the swampy area of Georgia. Downed over Ploesti with Blanton crew aboard on 15 July 44. 10 POW. MACR 7100.

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