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The Air Crew

The members of crew #2403 were:

Cpt Paul E. Jones (A/C)
1/Lt Lyle F. Hurd (Pilot)
1/Lt Joseph C. Ellis (Navigator)
1/Lt Donald L. Heming (Bombardier)
M/Sgt Stanley J. Thomson (Engineer)
Pvt Lawrence F. Crossman (Radio)
Sgt Francis L. Wildes (Radar)
S/Sgt W. T. Harvey (CFC)
S/Sgt Leo F. Dudek (R Gunner)
S/Sgt Gardner H. Williams (L Gunner)
Sgt Frank A. Powell (T Gunner)


Capt. Paul E. Jones lines his crew up in front of the “Bataan Avenger”, before takeoff.  The “Bataan Avenger” was flipped over on her back during a heat thermal updraft over Osaka on March 13, 1945.  No one was seriously injured.  Source: Chester Marshall, “B-29 Superfortress” (1993), p. 101. Thomas.

Sgt Francis L. Wildes, Jr. (Radar) is the 5th from the left.

The Airplanes

This crew primarily flew the “Bataan Avenger“.