Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. S/Sgt. James F. Hochadel, Ball Turret Gunner
  2. S/Sgt. Raymond A. Vicha, Waist Gunner
  3. S/Sgt. William J. Germiller, Engineer Gunner
  4. S/Sgt. Ray E. Nutter, Waist Gunner
  5. T/Sgt Raymond Gibeau, Radio Operator/Gunner

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Captain Meyer C. Wagner, Jr., Squadron Operations, flew with Lt. S.P. Cullinan and his crew.
  2. 2nd Lt. Ed Jordan, Hopkins' usual Co-pilot, but flew in tail gunner position to relay formation information to Major Simeral.
  3. 1st Lt. Robert L. Hopkins, Pilot
  4. Major Robert K. Simeral, new Squadron Commanding Officer flew as CA.
  5. Captain Carlton C. Moore, Squadron Bombardier
  6. 1st Lt. Vonnerlin Wernecke, Squadron Navigator

See also:

  1. The Hopkins Crew was shot down on 8 August 1944.
  2. 398th Mission: 8 August 1944 to Bretteville, France
  3. Edward Jordan, 398th Pilot - 603rd Squadron Audio Interview (7m 43s)
  4. Edward Jordan, 398th Pilot - 603rd Squadron Audio Interview Transcription


  1. Original Crew No. 65
  2. 398th Mission No. 5, Ruhland Germany, 28 May 1944. Ruhland was the assigned target. However, the Lead aircraft of the wing (306th BG) had a PFF failure and Meissen was bombed instead.
  3. On this mission the Hopkins' crew flew High Group Lead for the 398th.
  4. Aircraft flown: 42-107138 N7-T, WITKA TANKA TON
  5. Aircraft in photo: probably WITKA TANKA TON
  6. Photo Date: 28 May 1944 determined by comparing men in photo and crew records.
  7. Photo Location: Nuthampstead
  8. Photo Reference No. DJ-3A02
  9. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Bob Hopkins. Photo is from the Ed Jordan Collection.
  10. If you would like to add information about this photograph, please contact our Crew Pictures Coordinator. Please mention the title and photograph date.