Petersen's Crew


(submitted by Betty Koll, wife of Darrel Koll)

LT Gene Petersen's crew, 833rd Squadron.

Left to right, back row: SGT Lyle J. McKenzie (BG), LT John H. Gillick, Jr., First Navigator, LT John W. Fox, Jr. (CP), LT Charles B. Cashin, Bombardier, 2nd Navigator and Gunnery Officer, LT Gene Petersen (P).  Left to right, front row: SGT Herbert L. Huff, (FE/Top), SGT Wilbur S. Everman, (TG), SGT Matthew S. Caggiano, (R/O), SGT Patrick J. Netzel, (WG), SGT Darrel T. Koll, (WG).

Photo was taken July 1944, somewhere in England.  LT Petersen and crew trained at Rapid City, S. Dakota.  SGT Netzel was transferred to Italy before the crew had their first mission [Note: Netzel actually flew combat on six missions before being transferred in September 44].  On November 30, 1944, their plane was shot down over Merseberg, Germany.  All of the crew bailed out over Belgium and eventually were returned to their base in England.

Story


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
Gene Petersen LT Pilot 08//44 12/16/44 Completed tour
John W. Fox, Jr. LT Copilot 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
John H. Gillick, Jr. LT Navigator 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
Charles B. Cahsin LT Bombardier/Navigator 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
Herbert L. Huff SGT Flight Engineer/Top 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
Matthew S. Caggiano SGT Radio Operator 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
Patrick J. Netzel SGT Waist 08/11/44 09/19/44 Transferred
Darrel T. Koll SGT Waist 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
Lyle J. McKenzie SGT Ball 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
Wilbur S. Everman SGT Tail 08/11/44 12/16/44 Completed tour
 
MISSION INFO
MISSION Date NAME ID S/N TYPE
059* 08/11/44   DH 43-37958 B17G
060* 08/13/44 Blue Streak PC 43-37883 B17G
064 08/18/44   PF 43-37875 B17G
069 08/30/44   TB 43-37835 B17G
070 09/01/44 Homesick Angel DE 44-6311 B17G
072 09/05/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
075 09/11/44 Honeychile PN 43-38029 B17G
076 09/12/44   NM 43-37983 B17G
078 09/17/44 The Blue Fairy TJ 43-37942 B17G
079 09/19/44 Rack and Ruin NT 43-37899 B17G
081 09/25/44 Rack and Ruin NT 43-37899 B17G
082 09/26/44   TP 43-37992 B17G
083 09/27/44   TT 43-37820 B17G
084 09/28/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
085 10/02/44 NG 43-37966 B17G
086 10/03/44 B17G
087 10/05/44 Rack and Ruin NT 43-37899 B17G
091 10/14/44 The Fertile Turtle PG 43-37943 B17G
092 10/15/44   TC 43-37910 B17G
095 10/19/44   PR 42-97968 B17G
096 10/22/44   PR 42-97968 B17G
100 11/02/44   PH 43-38163 B17G
101 11/04/44   PH 43-38163 B17G
102 11/05/44   PH 43-38163 B17G
103 11/06/44   PH 43-38163 B17G
105 11/10/44 Batchelor's Delight TR 43-38027 B17G
160 11/16/44 DH 43-37958 B17G
107 11/21/44 Shoo Shoo Baby II PM 44-6302 B17G
108 11/25/44 Shoo Shoo Baby II PM 44-6302 B17G
110 11/30/44 Shoo Shoo Baby II PM 44-6302 B17G
113 12/10/44   DB 43-38010 B17G
114 12/11/44 Lil' Butch/Rodney The Rocks NP 43-38142 B17G
115 12/12/44 Lil' Butch/Rodney The Rocks NP 43-38142 B17G
116 12/16/44   PS 43-37970 B17G
* Flew as a copilot with the Springer and Bruce crews.

Completed 35 Missions


 
Created 09/20/99 Modified 12/23/16

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