Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. S/Sgt. D.M. Skinner, Waist Gunner ¹
  2. 2nd Lt. K.L. Thomas, Co-Pilot
  3. 1st Lt. T.A. Brown, Pilot
  4. 2nd Lt. R. Odell, Navigator
  5. T/Sgt. W.A. Carson. Engineer

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. S/Sgt. E. Blevins, Tail Gunner ¹
  2. S/Sgt. C.D. Herzog, Ball Turret
  3. T/Sgt. E.D. Cude, Radio
  4. 2nd Lt. G. Heitanen, Bombardier


  1. S/Sgt. D.M. Skinner, Waist Gunner and S/Sgt. E. Blevins, Tail Gunner are thought to be placed correctly, but could be reversed.
  2. Brown's crew is indicated on this photo in front of the Stinker, a 602nd aircraft with a 8 July 1944 date on the photo. However, the Brown crew did not fly on this day or the previous day but on 6 July 1944.
  3. The aircraft 42-102597 K8-V Stinker, did not fly a mission on 8 July 1944, but it did fly the previous day on 7 July 1944 with Pilot Rudow, who also flew on the 8th but in a different aircraft.
  4. Thus it appears that the Brown crew and the Stinker were free on the 8th so they had their picture taken. Note though the crew did have parachutes and Mae West's on, so perhaps they wanted their normal garb on or they had a training flight or cancelled mission that day.


  1. Aircraft in photo: 42-102597 K8-V, Stinker
  2. Photo Date: 8 July 1944
  3. Photo Location: Nuthampstead
  4. Photo Reference No. A9292
  5. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Sherry Lynn Cude and Kathy Odell.
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