Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Charles E. Harker, Pilot
  2. 2nd Lt. Charles E. Howell, Co-Pilot
  3. S/Sgt John Veenschoten, Waist Gunner
  4. 2nd Lt. William R. Wingate, Navigator
  5. S/Sgt. Ramon Montes, Engineer
  6. S/Sgt. Reynold L. Morrow, Waist Gunner

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. unknown, Bombardier
  2. Cpl. John Travers, Tail gunner
  3. Sgt. Rufus Williamson, Ball Turret
  4. S/Sgt. E.J. Bogdanski, Radio


  1. Reynold L. Morrow identified the pilot as Charles E. Harker, a graduate of West Point.
  2. During training this was the Harker crew; however, he had an emergency operation before the crew flew to England. All but Charles Harker were then assigned to Lt. Howard Rehme and thus the above crew except Harker later became the Rehme Crew. Note Lt. Howard Rehme is not in this photo.
  3. By enlarging the orginal, the words "Crew Chief" can be seen above the number 53 on the fueslage. Since it appears to be a training craft, perhaps the planes were assigned to crew chiefs or in this case Crew Chief 53. Above the words "Crew Chief" is the planes serial number. It is very faint but appears to be 42-89418 but all numbers except the trailing 18 are a guess.


  1. Aircraft in photo: unknown
  2. Photo Date: Early 1944
  3. Photo Location: McDill Field
  4. Photo Reference No. Veenschoten01
  5. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to John Veenschoten and Reynold Morrow.
  6. 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.