Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. 2nd Lt. J.H. Connolly, Pilot
  2. Sgt. W. T. Hamor, Radio
  3. 2nd Lt. L.G. Slade, Navigator
  4. Sgt. F.A. Daly, Ball Turret
  5. 2nd Lt. R.J. Erickson, Bombardier

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Sgt. D.L. Barrett, Waist Gunner
  2. S/Sgt. P.R. Meslink, Waist Gunner
  3. Sgt. V.l. Fuller, Tail Gunner
  4. S/Sgt. G.T. Roby, Engineer
  5. 2nd Lt. George R. Crowe, Co-Pilot


  1. The small bags/packs, each with a large ring, are chest pack parachutes. The crew would normally stow them until needed. The chutes would then be attached on the two hooks hanging from a crewman's harness, such as Sgt. W.T. Hamor's harness in the photo.
  2. There is a large duffle bag in the foreground. It is not known what was normally inside them.
  3. There is a series of tents on the left side of photo. These were used in addition to Nissen huts for air crew housing. It is not known which squadron was located in these tents.
  4. On the right side, there are a number of buildings. One seems to be on stilts. What they are is under investigation. Geoff Rice thinks one or all of the buildings may be Ground Crew shelter.


  1. 398th Mission No. 86, Frankfurt, Germany, 25 September 1944
  2. On this mission the Connolly crew flew in the Lead Squadron.
  3. Aircraft flown: 42-97337 K8-R
  4. Aircraft in photo: probably 42-97337 K8-R
  5. Photo Date: 25 September 1944
  6. Photo Location: Nuthampstead
  7. Photo Reference No. CON1
  8. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Bill Hamor & George Hilliard. Thanks also to Cees van der Leeuw for identifying and describing the chest pack parachutes.
  9. 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.

See also:

  1. The Connolly Crew was shot down on 28 October 1944.
  2. 398th Mission: 28 October 1944 to Munster, Germany