Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. 1st Lt. W.C. Hancock, Pilot
  2. Cpl. J.C. Arndell, Radio
  3. Cpl. H.E. Snyder, Waist Gunner
  4. 2nd Lt. R.T. Chorba, Navigator
  5. 2nd Lt. W.E. Norby, Bombardier

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. S/Sgt A.J. Davis, Engineer
  2. Cpl. D.J. Mack, Ball Turret

Missing from Photo:

  1. Cpl. Percy Paget, Tail Gunner, who was on his way to hospital for treatment for a shrapnel wound.
  2. 2nd Lt. W. Comstock, Hancock's Co-Pilot, who flew with the Hershberger Crew on 9 September 1944
  3. 2nd Lt. D.W. Peters, Co-Pilot, from Hershberger's crew who flew with the Hancock crew on 9 September 1944 to provide combat experienced pilot on 1st combat mission for a new crew.


  1. 398th Mission No. 79, Manheim, Germany, City, 9 September 1944
  2. Crew Mission: This was the Hancock's Crew's first mission
  3. On this mission the Hancock crew flew in the Low Group
  4. Aircraft flown: 42-97387 K8-H, Maude & Maria
  5. Aircraft in photo: 42-97387 K8-H, Maude & Maria
  6. Photo Date: 9 September 1944
  7. Photo Location: Nuthampstead
  8. Photo Reference No. A 9085
  9. Other Photo Reference No. JW books
  10. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Percy Paget.
  11. 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.