Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. 2nd Lt. Robert R. Agnew, Pilot
  2. F/O Virgil L. Kramer, Co-Pilot
  3. 2nd Lt. Alton M. Wiater, Navigator
  4. Lt. Franks, Bombardier
  5. Sgt. Vernon R. Melvic, Engineer / Top Turret

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Sgt. Paul Harris, Radio Operator
  2. Sgt. Clarence H. Dickhart, Ball Turret
  3. Sgt Herman J. Hansen, Waist Gunner
  4. Sgt. William S. Bell, Togglier
  5. Sgt. Melvin Stern, Tail Gunner


  1. Aircraft in photo: Unknown.
  2. Photo Date: Probably early 1945.
  3. Photo Location: Unknown, probably Training in the US.
  4. The Agnew Crew was assigned overseas to the 398th in April 1945. They only flew 4 combat missions before the end of the war in the ETO.
  5. Photo Reference No. AGNEW01
  6. Information compiled by The 398th BGMA Web Team with thanks to William S. Bell, Sr. for providing a copy of his crew photo and ID's.
  7. If you would like to add information about this photograph or can provide a better scan, please contact our Crew Photos Coordinator. Please mention the title and photograph date.