Carter Crew

Standing (L to R): William R. Schramm (B), Thomas W. Conboy (CP), Robert H. Mucha (N), John L. Carter (P). Kneeling ( L to R): William E. Correll (BG), Donald S. Dietz (TG), Lloyd R. McNeil (F/E-TTG), Clyde B. Ringwood (RWG), Julian (Jim) J. Wayert (R/O-LWG). (Not in photo, Monti Prince (NG).)

  • CARTER, John “Red” L., Pilot – DED 1 Aug 44 Gaudy
  • CONBOY, Thomas W, Co-Pilot – DED 1 Aug 44 Gaudy
  • MUCHA, Robert H., Navigator
  • SCHRAMM, William H, Bombardier
  • McNEIL, Ray, Flight/Eng, Top Turret
  • WAYERT, Julian J., Radio/Op, Gunner
  • CORRELL, Jr, William E, Ball Gunner – EVD 18 May 44 McInvale
  • DEITZ, Donald S, Tail Gunner
  • PRINCE, Monty, Nose Gunner
  • RINGWOOD, Clyde D, Left Wait Gunner

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 received 17 July 44. Crashed during pilot check flight 1 Aug 44, Vincent Gaudy, pilot – John Carter Instructor pilot. 4 DED

Pictures of Lil Jo Toddy [#2]



A replacement ship flown overseas in early May ’44 by Carter’s crew. The crew wanted “one of the shiny, new, all-aluminum sheet metal ships” but were assigned an Olive Drab one instead – hence the ship’s name.

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