Officers of the Webber crew.
Left to Right: Richard A. Webber, Norman F. Payleitner, George D. Lutz and Joseph J. Kane (submitted by Charlie Steinmetz).
Joseph Kane was assigned as an 832nd lead bombardier. Charlie Steinmetz was then made nose gunner and togglier. Herman P. Taylor was assigned from the Radditz crew. Willard R. Sweet was trained as a Spot Jamer and flew with other crews. John Piver was transferred from another crew as a replacement ball gunner.
B17 43-37928 was assigned to Webber's crew on shipment No. FY-350-AA, and as crew number FY-350-AA 135 for movement to an overseas destination. movement 370.5-1148 (252-47) dated 22 October 1944, A/C 43-37928 was delivered to Valley Wales depot on our about 10 November, 1944. Weather caused a diversion to Bluie West in Greenland causing a delay of about 10 days in route. Webber's crew travelled from Valley Wales by rail to Sudbury arriving November 13, 1944 with assignment to the 832nd. Several daysafter the crews arrival, A/C 43-37928 arrived and was also assigned to the 832nd. LT Webber asked for and got the A/C assigned to him. Most all missions were flown using this aircraft. A/C 43-37928 was returned to the USA, July 1, 1945, per Operations orders Number 1 dated 23 June 1945, by Robert R. Lowe as pilot.
LT Webber flew his check-out flight with the Evan's crew on 11/30/44. Piver and Taylor were not part of the original crew.
- Charlie Steinmentz
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Richard A. Webber||LT||Pilot||11/30/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|Norman F. Payleitner||F/O||Copilot||12/04/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|George D. Lutz||2nd LT||Navigator||12/04/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|Joseph J. Kane||2nd LT||Bombardier||12/04/44||unknown||Transferred.|
|Robert H. Faires||T/SGT||FE/Top||12/04/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|Eugene C. Dembowski||T/SGT||RO||12/04/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|Charles O. Steinmetz||SGT||Waist/Togglier||12/04/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|Herman P. Taylor||SGT||Waist||Unknown||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|Willard R. Sweet, Jr.||CPL||Ball||12/04/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|John W. Piver||SGT||Ball||Unknown||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|James K. Smith||S/SGT||Tail||12/04/44||03/28/45||Completed tour.|
|153||02/26/45||Old Yard Dog||TF||42-98006||B17G|
|Completed 29 Missions|
|Created: 09/16/9||Modified: 12/23/16|
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