Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. 2nd Lt. Raymond L. Wallace - Navigator
  2. F.O. Theodore N. West - Co-Pilot
  3. 2nd Lt. Thomas K. Foster - Pilot
  4. F.O. Clifford Z. Bryan - Bombardier

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Sgt. Loren C. Brown - Tail Gunner
  2. Sgt. Charles E. Cropp - Ball Turret Gunner
  3. S/Sgt. Gerald O. Gruette - Radio Operator/ Top Turret Gunner)
  4. S/Sgt. Raymond D. Bringle - Engineer/TT Gunner)
  5. Sgt. F.M. Tuttle - Waist Gunner
  6. Sgt. J.I. Werner* - probably Waist Gunner


  1. Ranks are at time of the photo.


  1. Original Crew No.72 for the Roster to England
  2. Aircraft in photo: Unknown
  3. Photo Date: Early 1944
  4. Photo Location: Rapid City
  5. Photo Reference: T.K.Foster_JE
  6. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th and 398th web team with thanks to Joseph "Pee Wee" Ellis for providing the photograph and to Kenneth Price, step-son of Theodore West for complete identification of the men.
  7. If you would like to add information about this photograph, please contact our Crew Photos Coordinator. Please mention the title and photograph date.

See also:

  1. The T.K. Foster Crew was shot down on 13 July 1944 on the 398th's Mission No. 50 to Munich, Germany. Their aircraft that day was B-17G 42-97348 N7-R.
  2. 398th Mission: 13 July 1944 to Munich, Germany