Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. 2nd Lt. Sheldon (Bob) Nelson, Pilot
  2. 2nd Lt. Joe Lancer, Co-Pilot
  3. 2nd Lt. Dick Van Dyke, Navigator
  4. 2nd Lt. Jim Kidd, Bombardier

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. S/Sg.t James Jenkins, Waist Gunner
  2. T/Sg.t Bill Brown, Radio
  3. S/Sgt. Francis Dippel, Ball Turret Gunner
  4. S/Sgt. Cecil Robson, Tail Gunner
  5. T/Sgt. John Harbauer, Engineer
  6. S/Sgt. George Keown, Waist Gunner

See also:

  1. Bob Nelson, 398th Pilot - 600th Squadron Video Interview (38m 39s)
  2. Dion, Kidd, Nelson, and Searl


  1. Original Crew No. 15
  2. Aircraft in photo: Serial number unknown, but thought to have been called Devil May Care.
  3. Photo Date: January/February 1944
  4. Photo Location: Rapid City
  5. Photo Reference No. NE 001
  6. Many thanks to David Bamford for providing the crisp photo above. David's grandmother was a first cousin to Lt. Bob Nelson.
  7. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Bob Nelson, The Stowers Family, Grand Children & Great- Grandchildren of John Harbauer, & Wilburn Franklin.
  8. If you would like to add information about this photograph, please contact our Crew Photos Coordinator. Please mention the title and photograph date.