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Credits

Thanks to Cpl Richard T. Kruger (Radio) and to Marilyn McKay, wife of F/O William E. McKay (Bombardier) for information on this crew.

The Air Crew

The members of crew #3908 included:

Cpt James C. Smith (A/C)
1/Lt Herbert J. Johnson (Pilot)
1/Lt James B. Maher (Navigator)
F/O William E. McKay (Bombardier)
Sgt Arthur B. Cromer (Engineer)
Cpl Richard T. Kruger (Radio)
Cpl Raymond V. Hartshorn (Radar)
Cpl James D. Gilliland (CFC)
Cpl Warren S. Hall (R Gunner)
Cpl Robert N. Hubbard (L Gunner)
Cpl Patrick H. J. Hart (T Gunner)

According to Cpl Richard T. Kruger

J C Smith’s crew picked up this airplane in Kearney NE and on 14 Jan 1945 flew it to Tinian landing on 23 Jan.  During these days we named the plane “Snugglebunny”.  This crew flew 21 missions in this plane with the 6th BG.  On 16 June we were suddenly transferred to the 504th BG and finished the war with them.  That was when Jennings got the plane.

This crew was awarded the DFC for their May 25-26 mission to the Tokyo Urban Area (Mission 44).

They were transferred to the 421st Bomb Squadron, 504th Bomb Group, 313th Bomb Wing along with Crew #2416.


Crew #3908 at Grand Island, Nebraska just prior to departure for Tinian
Photo courtesy of Marilyn McKay, wife of F/O William E. McKay (Bombardier).

Standing – Left to Right: Sgt Arthur B. Cromer (Engineer), 1/Lt Herbert J. Johnson (Pilot), Cpt James C. Smith (A/C), F/O William E. McKay (Bombardier), 1/Lt James B. Maher (Navigator)
Kneeling – Left to Right: Cpl Richard T. Kruger (Radio), Cpl James D. Gilliland (CFC), Cpl Warren S. Hall (R Gunner), Cpl Raymond V. Hartshorn (Radar), Cpl Robert N. Hubbard (L Gunner), Cpl Patrick H. J. Hart (T Gunner).

The Airplanes

This crew flew “Snugglebunny“.

 

Last updated 12/29/2010