Thanks to David Wilson, son of Sgt Bernard E. Wilson (Left Gunner, Anonymous IV) and several members of the crew.
The Air Crew
This crew was assigned a crew number of #2404. They were replacements for the original crew #2404, which was lost on May 23. The crew members were:
Standing – Left to Right: 2/Lt James A. Brewton (Pilot), 2/Lt Charles E. Pickett (Bombardier), 2/Lt James C. Airman (Navigator), 2/Lt Phillip R. Pilling (Radarman), 1/Lt Lt John C. Howett (Aircraft Commander).
Before Shipping Out
Standing – Left to Right: 2/Lt James H. Aiman (Navigator), 2/Lt James A Brewton (Pilot), 2/Lt Phillip R. Pilling (Radar Man).
Standing – Left to Right: Sgt Bernard E. Wilson (Left Gunner), Cpl Jack B. Denny (Right Gunner), Cpl. Marion L. Long (Tail Gunner), Sgt Malcolm W. Douglas (Engineer), S/Sgt. Raymond E. Raetz (Central Fire Control), Sgt James C. Bishop (Radio Operator)
The flight log of Cpl Jack B. Denny (Right Gunner) indicates the missions they flew.
As was standard for 6BG replacement crews, the crew flew their first missions with an experienced aircraft commander. In this case, they flew in “Big Joe” with 1/Lt Claude A. Johnstone as A/C while Lt. John Howett manned the Pilot seat. At the same time, Lt. Brewton flew as pilot with another crew, probably the previous crew of “Big Joe” and Wayne Maki as A/C.
Later, the crew was assigned to aircraft #10, which they named “Anonymous IV“. Brewton would be returned to the crew as Pilot and Howett would move to the A/C seat after each gained valuable experience under the tutelage of an experienced A/C.
Last updated 06/06/2009