Moore Crew

Front Row (L to R): Harry Moore (P); Walter Cates (B);James Rickles (N). Standing (L to R): Gordon Thornton (F/E); Francis Stack (R/Op);Frank Kvaltine; James Milnes (BG); Charles Freeman (WG); Carl Shedlock (TG). Not pictured is Rex Wilde (CP)

  • MOORE, Harry W., Pilot – KIA 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • LEMAK, Bela W., Co-Pilot – KIA 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • RICKELS, James W., Navigator – KIA 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • CATES, Walter C, Bombardier – POW 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • THORNTON, Gordon, D, Engineer – KIA 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • STACK, Francis C., R/Op, Nose Gunner – POW 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • MILNES, James. F., Ball Gunner – KIA 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • SHEDLOCK, Carl A., Tail Gunner – POW 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • FREEMAN, Charles E., Gunner – POW 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • DESMOND, Thomas J., Lt Waist
  • STOUT, George R., Photographer KIA- 22 Feb 44 Moore
  • KVALTINE, Francis A.
  • WILDE, Rex M.
  • CUSTEAU, Fernand R.

716th Squadron

716logoJohn A. Silverstein (changed his name after the war to John (Jack) Steele) was C.O. from June ‘43 to July ’44. He was followed by Charles E. Harton from July ‘44 to November ’44. Harton had served as the acting C.O. for the 719th squadron while Swan was in the hospital recovering from wounds during May ‘44 to July ‘44. Lloyd M. Bentsen (who became a U.S. Senator from Texas, U. S. Treasurer after the war, and U.S. Vice Presidential Candidate) was the C.O. from November ‘44 until February ’45. Robert Johnson took over from mid-‘45 to V.E. Day in May ’45.

Ramp Tramp

Ramp Tramp
An original cadre ship acquired on 21 October ’43 and assigned to Moore’s crew who flew her overseas in December ’43. “Ramp Tramp” was downed on the 22 February ’44 mission to Regensburg, Germany, with Moore’s crew aboard. 7 KIA 4 POW. MACR 2613.

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