Standing (L to R): Thomas Pollard (P), Martin Van Hook (CP), Paul Marks (N), George Porter (B). Lower row (L to R): Nels Oland (BG), John Tracy (R/O), Martin Snyder (TTG), Charles Bell (TG), Robert Wilson (NG), John Collins (F/E).

  • POLLARD, Thomas B, Pilot
  • VAN HOOK, Martin L, Co-Pilot – POW 22 Mar 45 Conway
  • MARKS, Paul, Navigator
  • PORTER, George, Bombardier
  • COLLINS, John B., Flight/Eng.
  • TRACY, John, R/Op
  • BELL, Charles, Tail Gunner
  • OLAND, Nels G., Ball Gunner – RTD 22 Mar 45 Wykel
  • SNYDER, Martin Don, Top Gunner
  • WILSON, Robert E, Nose Gunner – RTD 22 Mar 45 Wykel

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.

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