Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Rank Man A, Position
  2. 1st Lt. Thomas M. Matthews IV, Pilot
  3. Rank Man C, Position
  4. Rank Man D, Position
  5. Rank Man E, Position

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Rank Man 1, Position
  2. Rank Man 2, Position
  3. Sgt. Robert Charles Gordon, Ball Turret Gunner
  4. Rank Man 4, Position
  5. Rank Man 5, Position

The Loading List for 9 October 1944 was:

  1. 1st Lt. T. Matthews, Pilot
  2. ?Lt .M.R. Baldwin, Co-Pilot
  3. ?Lt. Higginbotham, Navigator
  4. S/Sgt. S.L. Henley, Toggilier
  5. S/Sgt. R.W. Wieda, Engineer
  6. S/Sgt. J.E. Parsons, Radio
  7. S/Sgt. A.L. Freeman, Waist Gunner
  8. Sgt. R.C. Gordon, Ball Turret
  9. Sgt. J.R. Hardy, Tail Gunner


  1. 398th Mission No. 96 Schweinfurt, 9 October 1944
  2. On this mission the Matthews' crew flew in the Lead Squadron
  3. Aircraft flown: 42-102592 N8-G, WONDER BIRD
  4. Aircraft in photo: 42-102592 N8-G, WONDER BIRD
  5. Photo Date: 9 October 1944
  6. Photo Location: Nuthampstead
  7. Photo Reference No. A9187
  8. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th.
  9. Thanks to Carroll Patton Matthews for identifying her father-in-law, 1st Lt. Thomas M. Matthews, IV and to Judy Root for identifying her father, Sgt. Robert C. Gordon, in the photo.
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