Back Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. 2nd Lt. Jesse Schnider, Co-Pilot
  2. 2nd Lt. Nolan Thompson, Pilot
  3. 2nd Lt. Paul Smith, Navigator
  4. 2nd Lt. Plato Stout, Bombardier

Front Row (viewer's left to right):

  1. Sgt. B. Gary, Tail Gunner
  2. Sgt. Elliot Novek, Radio/Gunner
  3. Sgt. Louis Masino, Ball Turret
  4. Sgt. Peter Batayias, Engineer
  5. Sgt. J.C. Nelson, Waist Gunner

See also:

  1. Elliot Novek, 398th Radio Operator - 602nd Squadron Video Interview (23m 15s)
  2. Lt. Paul W. Smith, Navigator, 602nd Combat Diary


  1. Aircraft in photo: 42-107040 OR-D/K Shirley Jean. This 91st Bomb Group aircraft was at Nuthampstead from 9th March to 29th March 1945, reason unknown. This aircraft did not fly with the 398th. Perhaps the Thompson crew saw it as a photo op, given the nose art.
  2. Photo Date: March 1945
  3. Photo Location: Nuthampstead
  4. Photo Reference No. Thomp 602 001
  5. Information compiled by UK Friends of the 398th with thanks to Elliot Novek, Cliff Bishop, and Linda Schnider Tom.
  6. 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.