The Crew

The Crew (incomplete)

The Crew on August 17th 1943
3. Pilot 2nd Lt Paul A. SOMMERS
4. Copilot 2nd Lt Herbert W. BROWN
2. Navigator 2nd Lt Hugh T. McCLATCHEY
1. Bombardier 2nd Lt Henri S. WALKER
5. Engineer Gunner T/Sgt Bruno M. GALLERANI
6. Radio Operator T/Sgt Olin L. WIENEKE
7. Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt James H. BROWN
8. Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Larry B. STOKES
9. Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Parker F. CRABTREE
10. Tail Gunner S/Sgt Joe SCHREPPEL

The Jolly Roger

The Jolly Roger - 42-5886 (thanks to Mark Erickson)

The Jolly Roger
Model B-17F-30-VE
Serial Number 42-5886
Manufacturer Lockheed-VEGA in Burbank, USA
Tailsign Bomber div. 'G' in square
Date of Manufacture May 1942
Callsign Unknown
Nose Art Skull and bones
Nickname The Jolly Roger
Base Station 155 - Great Ashfield - East Anglia - UK
Air Force Unit 8th Air Force - 4th Combat Wing
Division 385th Bomb Group - Heavy
Squadron 548th Bomb Squadron

Robbins crew June 1943

This is the Robbins'-crew that had flown in June 1943, the "Jolly Roger" from the USA to England. On their fourth combat mission on July 28, they flew with the B-17 nicknamed the "Lady Susie II." After returning from the target at Oschersleben (Germany), they collided with 2 other aircrafts and crashed in the North Sea. Waist-gunner Leon C. Ochs and his buddy tailgunner Lloyd D. Atkins were the only ones who survived and were detained at Stalag XVII.

Sketch by Lloyd D. Atkins, Courtesy of Mrs. Brenda Bafus-Williams