• WILLDING, Robert L., Pilot – RTD 28 Dec 44 Willding
  • SORENSON, Chester W., Co-pilot – RTD 28 Dec 44 Willding
  • ORSINI, Anthony J, Navigator -EVD 22 July 1944 Rye
  • NARATH, William, Bombardier
  • CLEMENS, William, Flight/Eng
  • VISCIGLIA, Frank, Flight/Eng, Waist – KIA 28 Dec 44 Willding
  • ROSCH, Bernard L. (Bud), Radio/op RTD 28 Dec 44 Willding
  • BEST, Robert, Nose Gunner EVD 28 Dec 44 Willding
  • STRINGHAM, Edward, Ball Gunner – EVD 22 Jul 44 Rye; RTD 28 Dec 44 Willding
  • TUTTLE, Don, Tail Gunner RTD 28 Dec 44 Willding
  • RADOVICH, Michael, Ball Gunner – RTD 28 Dec 44 Willding

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.


A replacement ship acquired into the 449th on 21 May ’44. Downed by flak on the Brenner Pass mission of 28 December ‘44 with the Willding crew aboard. Crew bailed out with 1 KIA, 3 landing in German held territory to become POW’s, and the others landing in Allied territory and being returned to duty. MACR 10891

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