Ground Eschelon Photos
716th Squadron Ordnance Loaders
Bottom row (L to R): Douglas Rudd, Claude Milan, Edwin Remally, Lester Harris, John Hart.
Top row (L to R): Melvin Larson, Tully Andrews, and Lloyd Criden.
717th Squadron Engineering Section
Kneeling (L to R): Lt. Chudyk; Cpl. Webster; Sgt Mosher; Sgt Ybarra; Sgt Grossman; Sgt Leaman; Sgt Siller; Sgt Koban; Sgt Kallio.
Standing (L to R): Cpl Roy; Cpl Jackson; Sgt Gochenour; Sgt Nettleton; Cpl Landing; T/Stg Wells; Sgt Olmstead; Sgt Queen; Sgt PuFahl; Sgt Fyfe; Sgt Reed; Sgt Netzel; Sgt Hogsed; T/Sgt Miller; Sgt Everharot; M/Sgt May; S/Sgt Weaver; M/Sgt Johnsen; Sgt Wright; Cpl Cook; Sgt Dover; S/Sgt Fitzgerald; Sgt Bronkart; M/Sgt Dixon
716th Mechanics For Ship #63
(L to R): Cpl Shall; Sgt Berman; Sgt John King; Sgt Hubbard; Unknown
Source: Unpublished Photo from files of 449th BGA
716th Squadron Communications Section
Back row (L to R): Cohens, Stolz (radio and radar mechanic), Leuken, Crawford (telephone line-man), Washalaske (radio), Chew (later voluntered on combat crew), Weiss (radio operator at the control tower), Oliveri, Passmore.
Middle row (L to R): Halling, Reiss (Radio and radar mechanic), Thou, Capt. Jones (716 communications officer), Wetzel (radio mechanic), Vian (Master Sergeant communications), Borden, Warthen, Guido.
Front row (L to R): Long, Kraus, Barron, Moss, Morello (radio and radar mechanic), Toub.
Not shown: Cebollero (radio and radar mechanic).
716th Squadron Crew Chiefs
Back row (L to R): Scharff, Bill Treadway, John Dacey, Booth, last three in this row are unknown.
Middle row (L to R): Swede Olson, Frank Ragusa (assistant crew chief), Joe Gaus, John King (barely seen behind a front row man), Art DeBuzen, last two in this row are unknown.
Front row (L to R): First two are unknown, the third man is John Marlow, and at the far right is the Line Chief, Dupont.
716th Squadron Medical Staff
(L to R): Ed G. Latak; Malcolm O. Adams; Dr. Earl S. Scott; Willard Kesslar; John R. Allen; Wallace S. Huegel
717th — Yiengst, Joe Ground Crew
This is Joe Yiengst of the 717th ground crew with a portable auxiliary power unit. The ground crewmen had the mud to contend with everywhere during wet weather.
Joe Yiengst received the Bronze Star for his many hours of dedicated work under the tough working and living conditions.
717th Ground Echelon At Bruning
Those identified are numbered: 1-Batdorf; 3-Gerald Meschke; 4-George Moody; 5-Charles Herzog; 6-Goebels; 7-Hansen; 8-John Hoar; 9-Kelly; 10-Hendrickson; 11-Godfrey; 12-Kenneth Walen. [Photo taken at Bruning AAF, Nebraska, before movement overseas.]
717th Squadron Communications Section
Back row, standing (L to R): Robert Homan, Charles Adams, Warren Endly, Raymond Schroeder, Paul Cohen, Lt. Victor Kessler (OIC), John Reinert, Joseph Wood and Preston Joiner.
Middle row (L to R): Ed Czarniecki, David Staton, Vernon Marsh, Maurice McGrath, Bill Langford, Gerald Kansky, Paul Buonono, John Banas, Michael Roth and Richard Lord.
Bottom row (L to R): Isaac Nash, Samuel Lauder, John O’Rourke, Armando Drudi, Murray Goldstein, Edward Mody, George Capelakos, Lawrence Sockalexis, Lawrence Rodden, and Raphael Tyle.
Missing from photo, present for duty: John Smith, Steve Coulis, Dillard Moody, Kenneth Simon, Robert Clark, Clarence Champlin, Jimmy Evans, Austin
717th Squadron Ground Crew
Front Row (L to R): M/Sgt Charles Harzog (Flight Chief); M/Sgt Cover (Crew Chief Ship #42); M/Sgt Turner (Tech Supply); M/Sgt Olivette (Crew Chief Ship #49); Cpl Carle (welder); Sgt Calyon (Electrical); S/Sgt Miller (Electrical); S/Sgt Thoensen (Electrical).
Middle Row: Sgt Greene (AM Ship #55); Sgt Meschke (Propeller specialist); M/Sgt Hendrickson (Crew Chief ship #51); T/Sgt Creed (Propeller Specialist); Sgt Stephenson (AM ship #48); T. Sgt Walters (Electrical).
Rear Row: Sgt Joe Yiengst (Special Equipment); M/Sgt Frank Kroll (Crew Chief ship #55); Cpl Wheeler (Electrical); T/Sgt Caryl (Inspection); Sgt Garncarz (Tech Supply); Cpl Joe McEvoy (AM ship #48)
Source: Bk2-P162 & Bk3-P13
717th Squadron Mechanics
No data is available pertaining to the names of the individuals in this photograph. Without men such as these, the aircraft of the 449th would not have flown. The members of the ground echelons regularly worked through the night as they prepared the aircraft for the next day’s mission.
717th Squadron Medics
(L to R): Clint Leichliter; Almer Denton; Gordon Finnemore; Rey Benitas; Tony Geise; Don Parker
718th Squadron Communications Section
Front Row -Kneeling (L to R): E. Hopkins; Ira Wilson; Howard Haight.
Standing (L to R): Brittian; Marcello Lee; Unknown; Bill Dwyer; Farqueson; Earl Smith; Dan McDonald
718th Squadron Communications Section
Lower row (L to R): Marcello Lee, Ira Wilson, Earl Smith, Levy, Britton, E. P. Hopkins.
First standing row (L to R): Capt. Valdez, OIC; Bill Dyer, McLoughlin, John O’Toole, Wallace Leonard, Daniel McDonald, Frank Kocher, M/Sgt.
Back row (L to R): Robert Raymond, unknown, Dickens, Cecil Simmons, unknown, Howard Haight.
718th Squadron Engineering Section
Not all are identified.
Back Row includes Bob Feary; Jim Summers; Donald Northway; Joh Burke and Joe Skalak.
Middle Row, 4th from left, is John Clark. Front Row, 3rd from left is Tim Wright.
718th Squadron Engineerin-Maintenance Section
Top Row (L to R): Robert Jackson, Lou Nettleton, Jim Wells, Joyce, Pufahl, F. Reed, Robert Wetzel, Caleb Hogshed, Harry May (Line Chief), Johnson (Inspector), Tim Wright, Elmer Dover, Dick Debronhardt. Middle
Row (L to R): N. Roy, R. Gochenour, Robert Lansing, Miles Olmstead, Charles Fyfe, Palmer Miller, R. Everhardt, Francis Weaver, Willard Cook, Wayne Fitzgerald, John Dixon (Flight Chief).
Lower Row (L to R): Capt. George Chudyk (OIC), William Webster, William Mosher, Tony Ybarra, Oscar Grossman, John Leaman, Jerry Siller, John Koban, Onnie Kallio.
718th Squadron Leaders
L to R: Doc Conway (Flight Surgeon); William Nosker (718th CO); Stephen Ogden (Executive); Ray Staley (Lead Pilot); David Rasbach (Lead Pilot). [Staley and Rasbach awarded Silver Star. Nosker killed on take off with 376th]
718th Squadron Maintenance Section -C Flight
Top Row (L to R): J. B. Kempson; Marion P. Snodgrass; Ira Hager; Charles C. Lynn; Edward R. Dohney; Brian O’Mara; Aurelio Del Plato, Jr.; Edmund R. Dickman.
Middle Row (L to R): Delmar Noah; Charles LaVoine; Earl Filsinger; Rufus Brown; Robert Muller; Weston Turner; Thomas Kennedy, Jr.; John Tompel; Peter Potorvic.
Bottom Row (L to R): John D.Leasia; William F. Schruben; Hogie; Michael Urbanek; Paul S. Lombardo.
Source: Bk4-P83 & Bk2-P183
718th Squadron Maintenance Team
Front row (L to R): Vore, Payne, unknown, Fee Suong, Maloney, other three unidentified.
Back row (L to R): Hempstad, Cameron, Clark, Dennis, Wahlon, Hollopeter, Behler, Fredericks, unknown, unknown.
718th Squadron Officers
Standing: Bill Conway (Flight Surgeon,3rd from left); George Chudyk (Maintenance Engineer, 5th from left); Ted Lewandoski (Supply Officer, 6th from left); Berg (7th from left, Squadron Bombardier); Loyal Pulley (Operations Officer, 8th from left); Bob Dudley (Navigator, 9th from left).
Front Row: Charlie Towsend (Adjuntant, 2nd from left); Charlie Jordan (C.O., 3rd from left); Steve Ogden (Executive, 4th from left)
718th Squadron Orderly Room Personnel
(L to R): Lt. Townsend (Squadron Adjutant); Joseph Swartz; Daly; unknown; unknown; Sgt. Edmund Smith (with glasses); Stephen Ogden (Squadron Executive Officer)
719th Squadron Ordnance Section
Back row (L to R): Brian, Cecille Childress, Walter Griffen, CarFauver, Benjamin Bruno, John Ralph, Gregory Wilcox, Roger Valentine.
Middle row (L to R): Bradley Whaley, Wilmer Burns, Charles Goddard, James Ward, Windle Morrison, Victor Dangle, Paul Brakeman, Harry Majeski, Phillip Davis, Frank Piper.
Front row (L to R): Norman Seagle, Richard Waybright, James Holer, Stevens, John McFarlan, Ray Maynard, Francis LeBlance, Robert Hickman, Don Gilman.
Not pictured are Chester Podkul and Lt. Frederick McNulty.
719th Squadron, Aircraft Armorers
Back row (L to R): Richard Weber, Milwaukee, WI; Kiete A. Keen, Tanglewood, TX; David F. Franki, Del Rio, TX; Paul F. Watson, Los Angeles, CA; Albert P. Vaclavek, St. Louis, MO; William D. Parrish, Franklin, NC; Clark R. St. John, Ithaca, NY; Carmen R. Dodd, Oakland(?), CA; Randolf J. Uossr, Cleveland, OH; Leonard(?), NJ; James A. Rube, Mobile, AL; Robert Ronisette, Old Town, ME.
Middle row (L to R): Emil F. Jaeger, Salt Lake City, UT; Leonard Libber, Boston(?); John L. MacArthur, Chicago, IL; Wm. P. Green, Corpus Christi, TX; Edward Lambert, Steele, MO; Beiyl S. Gunter, Charleston, WV; Robert Affleck, Gorham, NY; John W. Otto, Milwaukee, WI; Louis A. Doniell; Carl S. Gibson, TN.
Front row (L to R): H. C. Russell, Cleveland, OH; Frank Ferroro, Philadelphia, PA; Harry Arnold, York, PA; Charles A. Rupert, Handeiguft, PA; Robert F. Kresack, Fairpoint, OH; Joseph J. Toormina, Little ?, NJ; Carlton Gentry, Shreveport, LA; Douglas Keltan, IL; Anthony A. Printera, Babylon, NJ; Robert H. Schligel, Ashland, PA. Not shown is Carl F. Dudley, Biharn, AL.
Bomb Sight Section of 718th Squadron
Included in the group are: Gordon H. Shaw; John H. White, Jr.; Donald L. Bohannan; Bernard Kessler; Francis W. Schultz
Councill, Captain David, CO 719th
Center: Captain David Councill, C. O. 719th Squadron. [Councill and his crew were lost on the movement overseas when they crashed in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.]
(L to R): William Conway (718th); Cecil Petterson (Group); Ed Gramble (717th); Earl Scott (716th); George Clark (719th)
Group S-2 Officers
Seated (L to R): Unknown; Capt. Edward Westlake; Capt. Burr Tarrant; Capt. Ora Dawson; Capt. Richards; Unknown. Standing (L to R): Unknown; Capt. Chester Lorillard; Lt. Roberts; Lt. Rowell.)
Group S-2 Personnel
Front Row (L to R): Edward Forrest; Riley Davidson; Andrew Azzaretti; Dreiseszun; Jarold Shepard; Frank Carman. Second Row (L to R): Paul Callahan; William Miler; Leo Andrews; John Dillon; Milton Coon; Charlses Cusick; Norman Friedman; Victor Teicher.
Standing (L to R): Damon Turner (Group Historian and author of Book I); Edward Westlake; Pappy Rowell; Chester Lorillard; Viescas; Edward Bartlett; george Richard; Burr Tarrant; Joseph Rogers; Myers.
(L to R): M/Sgt Peter Braden; S/Sgt Joe Poli; M/Sgt Milton Coon; Sgt. Walter Anderson. In Front is T/Sgt Earl Rhine, NCOIC Photo Section
Headquarters Personnel, 449th BG
Front Row (L to R): James J. Furey; unknown; Carl Venterella; Charles T. Wilk; Charles E. Sarver.
Back Row (L to R): Charles Crowe (Sgt Major); Eric Bessels; unknown; Rocco Garramone; Jack Mehlman; Daniel Murname; Peter Braden; James C. Petersen. [This group part of HQ personnel from July 1945 to May 19, 1945.]
(L to R): Al Tersillo; Walter Stafford; Henry Coskery; Anthon Vanagus; Charles Turner; Robert Beiser; Robert Tuilty; Mike Sullivan; Standley Rodgero; anthony Zukowski; Bernard Smith; Teddy Bratzler; Mike Zanski
Men known to be in the photo are: Lts. R. Jaslow, E. Osborne, and D. Greenberg; Technicians: W. Welliver, T. Mahoney, L. Pritchard, M. Polchepek, G. Becknell, R. Vail, B. Hendershot, I. Kirksey, H. Hartman, B. Ison, J. Juverik, Nick Colucci, D. Lumnsden, J. Davis, Bill Lay, Brewer and Bailey.
Bill Lay was the Section NCOIC and is the sixth man from the right in the top row (with cap).
Sylvan (Tiny) Florsheim (left) and Earl (Junior) Rhine (right). Rhine was the NCOIC of the Group and Base Photo Laboratory. Tiny Florsheim was the Group Public Relations photographer.
These are the photographers from the 716th, 717th, 718th, and 719th Squadrons.
Front Row (L to R): Harris; Ireland; Roye; Pro.
Second Row (L to R): Rhine; Turner; Sarrus; Pfitzer; Whachter; Kraus; Disko.
Back Row (L to R): Dinneen; Florsheim; Shue’ Odom; Lewis; Mitchell