Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Capt. Richard S. Hosman, Pilot
  2. 2nd Lt. Roland D. Mundhenke, Co-Pilot
  3. 2nd Lt. Donald J. Coffee, Navigator
  4. 2nd Lt. Walter P. James, Bombardier

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Sgt. Floyd R. Aaron, Engineer
  2. Sgt. Jerauld N. "Jerry" Clements, Radio
  3. Sgt. William H. "Web" Brown, Waist Gunner
  4. Sgt. Frederick W. Hinze, Waist Gunner
  5. Sgt. Theodore P. "Ted" Blank, Tail Gunner
  6. Sgt. Leon R. Kershaw, Ball Turret

Note: Sgt. Floyd R. Aaron was KIA on April 13,1945

See also:

  1. "Schweinfurt Was Hardly a Target of Opportunity" by Richard Hosman, Pilot, 601st Squadron
  2. Sgt. Leon R. Kershaw's Diary


  1. Photo Date: Probably 1944
  2. Photo Location: Training Facility at Ardmore AAF, Ardmore, OK, USA
  3. Aircraft in photo: 42-102854 - "Arkansas Rambler"
  4. Photo Reference No. 1-Hosman
  5. Note: The B-17G in this photo was often used as a 'backdrop' and appears in many training crew photos. The "Arkansas Rambler", serial number 42-102854, belonged to the 222nd Combat Crew Training School, 2nd Air Force, based at Ardmore AAF, Oklahoma. Also note that Sergeants Clements' and Brown's sleeve patches are square, which are the patches of the 2nd Air Force. The rest of the crew are wearing round Army Air Force patches.
  6. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Brad W. Kershaw, son of Leon Kershaw, for providing this photo.
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