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The Air Crew

The members of Crew #3907 were:

Maj Jack D. Koser (A/C)
1/Lt Carl A. Oliver (Pilot)
1/Lt George Sturgis (Navigator)
1/Lt Charles L. Martin (Bombardier)
1/Lt Thomas R. Tryon (Engineer)
S/Sgt George D. Smith (Radio)
S/Sgt James J. Wesson (Radarman)
T/Sgt Albert D. Hetrick (CFC)
S/Sgt Walter F. Phillips (R Gunner)
S/Sgt Claude B. Newman (L Gunner)
S/Sgt Lyle E. Godfrey (T Gunner)

Maj Jack D. Koser was apparently assigned to HQ Staff and (as the second picture below indicates) Cpt Barney R. Olive was assigned from Crew #3901 to take over as A/C.  Lt Hardine Tenold replaced 1/Lt George Sturgis as Navigator.

Photo provided by 6BG, all rights reserved.

Photo provided by 6BG, all rights reserved.

In Memoriam

George Dutilh Smith, 81, Chapel Hill, N.C., died Sept. 14, 2002.  He flew 33 missions with the 39th Squadron as a radio operator.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Asiatic-Pacific and American Defense service medals.  After World War II, he worked as a commercial real estate broker in New York City and retired in 1975.  His wife of 56 years, Mariechen Smith, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren survive him.  “George did not talk much about the war except when he was with his crew,” Mariechen Smith said.   [6BG Newsletter, Jan 2003, p. 7]

The Airplanes

This crew generally flew “Speagle Eagle“.


Last updated 03/29/2010