Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Rank Man A, Position
  2. Rank Man B, Position
  3. Rank Man C, Position
  4. Rank Man D, Position
  5. probably Lt. Ernest A. Schoen, Pilot
  6. Rank Man F, Position

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Rank Man 1, Position
  2. Rank Man 2, Position
  3. Jim Crouch, Togglier or Waist Gunner
  4. Rank Man 4, Position
  5. Rank Man 5, Position

Photos 3 and 4

  1. Same men but in different positions
  2. Jim Crouch thought to be the photographer.


  1. These four photos were provided by Dorothy Crouch, wife of Jim Crouch. Note that Photo 1 and Photo 2 are identical, but Photo 2 is a close-up crop of Photo 1.
  2. Jim Crouch flew with a several crews during the fall and winter of 1944 when it is presumed these photos were taken
  3. Jim Crouch was in the 601st and flew as Togglier or Waist Gunner during the fall and winter of 1944.
  4. Note parts from other B-17 in scrap pile to right in distance.
  5. Mr. Virgil R. Marco has identified, the tall officer as Lt. Ernest A. Schoen, Pilot. With this hint, it is hoped others can provide additional information on who is in the photo now that we think we know the crew name.


  1. 398th Mission No. Unknown
  2. Aircraft flown:
  3. Aircraft in photo: Unknown
  4. Photo Date: about late Fall 1944
  5. Photo Location: Nuthampstead
  6. Photo Reference No. Crouch 02a-02d
  7. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Dorothy Crouch for the photos, Virgil R. Marco for identification of Lt. Ernest A. Schoen, Pilot.
  8. 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.
  9. Help is needed in identifying the men in the above four photographs. Please refer to Photo 1, 2, 3 or 4 from top to bottom and men from viewer's left to right. It would also be helpful to obtain a better scan. If you can help, please click the e-mail link above.