Standing (L to R): Edward F. Kenney (B), Leonard O. Clarke (CP), James B. Grace (P), Bill Haines (N). Front row (L to R): Borland, Aldo Tesconi, Joe Beach (TG), Bighinatti, Hale, Esparcia.

  • GRACE, James B., Pilot
  • CLARKE, Leonard O., Co-Pilot
  • HAINES, William R, Navigator
  • KENNEY, Edward F, Bombardier – KIA 2/23/44 Wingfield
  • BORLAND, William H, F/E
  • BIGHINATTI, Enso V, Ball Turret
  • ESPARCIA, Alfred E, Nose Turret
  • SPENCER, James E,
  • TESCONI, Aldo F, Lt Waist, POW 23 Feb 44 – Wingfield
  • HALE, Lionel R, Rt Waist
  • BEACH, Joseph T, Tail Gunner

718th Squadron

718logoWilliam Nosker was the original C.O. from July ‘43 until April ‘44 when he was transferred to the 47th Wing Headquarters as Assistant Operations Officer. Nosker was killed when the 376th Bomb Group B-24 that he was aboard crashed on takeoff on 15 August ‘44. Rexford Tompkins, the original Operations Officer for the 718th, became the C.O. in April ‘44 and remained so until September ’44. Charles Jordan finished out the war as the 718th C. O. from September ‘44 through May ’45.

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