Cunningham Crew

Standing: J. T. Cunningham (P); P. F. Land (CP); P. R. Farrell (B); T. W. McGinnis (B); J. W. Linton (FE). Kneeling: W. C. Kennedy (RO); W. L. Maynard (G); K. D. Blake (TG); J. A. Flemming (WG); F. B. Wise (BG)

Cunningham Crew

Jack Cunningham (P) at pilot’s window. Others (L to R): Ken Maynard (NG); Paul Land (CP); Paul Farrell (N); Frank Wise (BG); Ken Blake (TG); Joe Fleming (WG); James Linton (FE); Tom McGinnis (B); Wayne Kennedy (RO)

  • CUNNINGHAM, John T., “Jack”, Pilot
  • LAND, Paul, Co-Pilot
  • FARRELL, Paul R., Navigator
  • McGINNIS, Thomas, Bombardier
  • LINTON, James W., Flight/Eng
  • KENNEDY, Wayne C, Radio/Op
  • BLAKE, Kenneth D., Tail Gunner
  • MAYNARD, William L., Nose Gunner
  • WISE, Frank B, Ball Gunner
  • FLEMING, Joe A, Rt. 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.


Flown overseas by Cunningham’s crew from Roosevelt Field, NY in May ‘44. Named for the pilot’s girlfriend. Completed 101 missions before being flown to the Gioia depot on 29 Apr 45.

Pictures of Shirley Jean


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