Claybaugh Crew

Standing (L to R): Richard A Angarola (LW); Albin C Karlik (F/E); William P Hayes (TG); Homer D Fast (RW); William S Gould (NG); Johnnie D Pollard (BG). Kneeling (L to R): Richard Englehardt (B); Sam J Aboe (CP); Joseph R Hydar (N); Carlton C Clabaugh (P).

Claybaugh Crew

Officers: Sam Aboe (CP); Joseph Hydar (N); Richard Englehart (B); Carlton Claybaugh (P). Others: Albin Karlik (BG); Johnnie Pollard (WG); Richard Angarola; Warren Toub (Photographer); William Gould (RO).

  • CLABAUGH, Carlton C, Pilot
  • ABOE, Sam J, Co-Pilot
  • HYDAR, Joseph R, Navigator
  • ENGLEHARDT, Richard, Bombardier – KIA 27 Aug 44 Clabaugh
  • KARLIK, Albin C, Flight/Eng
  • HAYES, William P, Tail Gunner
  • GOULD, Wiiliam S, Nose Gunner
  • POLLARD, Johnnie D, Ball Gunner
  • FAST, Homer D, Rt Waist Gunner
  • ANGAROLA, Richard A, Lt Waist 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.


An early replacement ship acquired 4 May ’44. Flown overseas by Claybaugh crew. Sgt. Buchsbaum was on ground crew. Carried combat #61 until it landed at Foggia 7/19/44 with battle damage. Upon return to 449th on 5 Oct, it was renumbered to #77. The “Waggin” crashlanded, cartwheeling, on approach to Grottaglie Field, out of fuel, on 8 January ‘45 with J. K. Bivins crew aboard killing the navigator, copilot, bombardier, and nose gunner.

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