Roberts Crew

Front Row (L to R): Richard Roberts (P); Charles (Dick) Dacey (CP); Joseph Vitek (N); Charles Bentz (B). Standing (L to R): Robert Dontje (RO); James McDonald (WG); Everette Arnold (AE); James Paterson, Jr (ARO); Hared O. Toney (BTG); Fred Bryant (E)

  • ROBERTS, Richard F., Pilot KIA April 23 1944 Roberts
  • DACEY, Charles (Dick), Co-Pilot (see Kinerd’s crew)
  • VITEK, Joseph J., Navigator POW April 23 1944 Roberts
  • BENTZ, Charles F., Bombardier (KIA) April 23 1944 Roberts
  • BRYANT, Fred W., Flight/Eng POW April 23 1944 Roberts
  • DONTJE, Robert V, Radio/Op POW April 23 Roberts
  • ARNOLD, Everett C., Assit. Engineer POW April 23 Roberts
  • McDONALD, James B., Waist (KIA) April 23 1944 Roberts
  • PATERSON JR., James, Assit. Radio /OP, TT – KIA April 23 1944 Roberts
  • TONEY, Harold O., Ball Gunner (KIA) April 23 1944 Roberts
  • BAILEY, Charles E, Co-Pilot (flying in place of Dacey) POW April 23 1944 Roberts

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.

Slick Chick

Slick Chick
An original cadre ship acquired 27 October ’43 and assigned to Roberts’ crew who flew her overseas in December ’43. Sent to the Gioia Depot for repairs on 2 February ’44 and was subsequently returned to the 716th on 5 May 44.

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