Standing (L to R): John J Miller (P); William J Shipley (CP); Herman V McAdams (B); Henry J Chmielewski (N). Kneeling (L to R): Ferman Lucero (TG); Harvey J Jeffreies (NG); Edwin J Mills (WG); Nick Santos (FE); Harry T Randour (BG); K A Konkol (WG).

  • MILLER, John J., Pilot
  • SHIPLEY, William J., Co-Pilot
  • CHMIELEWSKI, Henry J, Navigator
  • McADAMS, Herman V., Bombardier
  • SANTOS, Nick, Flight/Eng R/Op
  • JEFFRIES, Harvey J, Nose Gunner
  • RANDOUR, Harry T, Ball gunner
  • LUCERO, Ferman, Tail Gunner
  • MILLS, Edwin J, Waist Gunner
  • KONKOL, K A, Waist 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.


Received into 449th 3 August ’44. Adopted by J. Miller crew. Same ground crew as the first two “Kayo” aircraft. This one flew at least 86 sorties and joined the 449th aircraft ferried to Gioia Depot on mission 255 on 29 April ‘45. Salvaged 10 August ’45.

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