Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Rank Man A, Position
  2. Rank Man B, Position
  3. Rank Man C, Position
  4. Rank Man D, Position

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. S/Sgt. Charles R. Williams, Crew Chief
  2. Rank Man 2, Position
  3. Rank Man 3, Position
  4. Rank Man 4, Position
  5. Rank Man 5, Position
  6. Sgt. Oscar L. "Pop" Beatty, Tail Gunner

The following crew Names (including nicknames), ranks and positions were written on the back of the crew photo provided by Louis O. Beatty, son of tail gunner Oscar Beatty:

  1. 2nd Lt. Francis C. "Tex" Fahrenthold - Pilot
  2. 2nd Lt. William A. "Junior" Wright, Jr. - Co-Pilot
  3. 2nd Lt. Dana W. "Mary" Maryott - Bombardier
  4. 2nd Lt. Paul F. Heitman - Navigator
  5. S/Sgt. Charles R. Williams - Crew Chief
  6. Sgt. James G. "Spark" Perry - Radio Operator
  7. Sgt. Arthur E. Armstrong - Ball Turret Gunner
  8. Sgt. Joseph "Tojo" Ariotti - Right Waist Gunner
  9. Sgt. William A. "Flash" Farrell - Left Waist Gunner
  10. Sgt. Oscar L. "Pop" Beatty - Tail Gunner


  1. Original Crew No. 68 for the Roster to England (but note the number "69" next to the window below the tail
  2. Aircraft in photo: Unknown
  3. Photo Date: Probably 1943 or early 1944
  4. Photo Location: Unknown
  5. Photo Reference: Fahrenthold_FC
  6. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th and 398th web team with thanks to Louis O. Beatty for providing the photograph and identifying his dad in the photo.
  7. If you would like to add information about this photograph, please contact our Crew Photos Coordinator. Please mention the title and photograph date.
  8. Help is needed in associating the Crew Names to the lower left with the faces in the above photograph. We think they may possibly line up, that is the first 4 names are the men in the back row viewer's left to right and the next 6 names are the men in the front row viewer's left to right. If you can help, please click the e-mail link above.

See also:

  1. Charles R. Williams, Crew Chief and Crew - 603rd Squadron - 1944/1945