Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. 2nd Lt. Leo C. Walsh, Bombardier
  2. 2nd Lt. Albert L. Dion, Co-Pilot
  3. 2nd Lt. Charles J. Searl, Pilot
  4. 2nd Lt. Saul J. Kempner, Navigator

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Sgt. Orville M Wilson, Waist Gunner
  2. S/Sgt. James A Beaty, Engineer 
  3. Sgt. Alfred Bueffel, Ball Turret
  4. Sgt. Albert W. Knight, Waist Gunner
  5. Sgt.  Cecil E. Kennedy,  Radio
  6. Sgt. F.A. Snyder, Tail Gunner


  1. See also B-17 "Tomahawk Warrior" – A Tribute to the Charles J. Searl & Crew by Ronald M. Setter for more information about the Searl Crew.


  1. Original Crew No. 16
  2. Photo Date: Early 1944
  3. Photo Location: unknown, but probably taken before flight to the UK.
  4. Photo Reference No.Searl 01
  5. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Ron Setter (UK), Kenneth "Bert" Knight, and Glenn Knight, brother of Albert W. Knight, Waist Gunner. Photo scan from Glenn Knight.
  6. If you would like to add information about this photograph, please contact our Crew Pictures Coordinator. Please mention the title and photograph date.