Fees Crew

Standing (L to R): John J. Lacastro (N); Hartford Fees (P); John Devine (B). Kneeling (L to R): Harold Phillips (AE); Charlie Holcomb (LWG); Peter Chalkus (RO); Charles Hostetler (BG); Ahti Poola (E)

  • FEES, Hartford, Pilot
  • HUBBARD, James K., Co-Pilot – EVD 18 May 44 McInvale
  • LACASTRO, John J., Navigator – KIA 24 Mar 44 Ridgway
  • MENAKER, Oscar, Bombardier – EVD 15 July 44 Scroggs, JE
  • POOLA, Ahti A., Flight/Eng.
  • CHALKUS, JR., Peter, Radio/Op.
  • HOLCOMB, Charles Norman, Waist Gunner
  • HORNER, Joseph R.,
  • HOSTETLER, Charles D., Waist Gunner
  • PHILLIPS, Harold, Nose 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.

Things is Rough


Things Is Rough

An original cadre ship acquired on 20 October ’43 and assigned to Fees’ crew who flew her overseas in December ’43. Crew chief was Sgt. Kahn. “Things Is Rough” completed at least 53 sorties before being sent to the Gioia depot for repair. Disposition unknown.

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