Geminder Crew

Standing (L to R): Devine (B); Taylor (N); Geminder (P); Brown (CP).
Front Row: Franklin (E); Parker (BG); Deringer (TG); McCullough (RO); Czerwinski (WG).
*Not in photo Kenneth Yarian

  • GEMINDER, Albert O., Pilot (KIA 2 April 44, IP/Co-P w/ Fetting)
  • BROWN, Joseph W., Co-Pilot / 1st Pilot DED Training flight 5/44 Brown, J
  • TAYLOR, Thomas E., Navigator
  • DEVINE, John F., Bombardier – POW 24 June 44 Anderson R.C.
  • YARIAN, Kenneth E., Flight/Eng.
  • McCULLOUGH, Fred, Nose Turret
  • FRANKLIN, Anthony R., Flight Engineer 1st
  • CZERWINSKI, William V., Ball Turret – POW 4 April 44 Bontly
  • PARKER, George I., Lt Waist – KIA 4/4/44 Tyler
  • DERINGER, George A., TT – POW 16 April 44 Minor

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.

Miss Behavin

An original cadre ship acquired 31 October ’43 and assigned to Hal Loughran’s crew who flew her overseas in December ’43. “Miss Behavin” was one of the three aircraft involved in the mid-air combat collision over Steyr, Austria, on 2 April ’44. The other two aircraft involved in this collision were “Peerless Clipper” and “Superstitious Aloyysius.” Fetting crew with Geminder as Instructor Pilot. 9 KIA, 1 POW MACR 4025. F/E Mark Schneider was the only person aboard the three ships involved in the midair collision to survive.

Classy Chassy

Classy Chassy
An original 449th ship acquired 9 November ’43 and flown overseas by Geminder’s crew in December ’43. Believed to be the first ship to complete 50 missions without an early return. Her final demise was her 87th mission. She was downed with Ludtke’s crew aboard on 22 November ’44 over the Ferrara Rail Road Bridge in Northern Italy. 2 KIA, 7 POW, and 1 evaded. MACR 10044.

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