LT Bacher's Crew
Front row (L to R): SSGT Paul "Shorty" Bolduc (BG), TSGT Charles "Blink" Blankenship (FE/Top), SSGT William Curtis (WG), SSGT Albin "Red" Markiewicz (TG), TSGT Alfred "Beam" Bain (RO/WG). Standing (L to R): LT Walter "Dinwiddle" Dinwiddie (PPN), LT George "Pop" Edgar (B), LT Charles Monk (DRN), LT George "Bach" Bacher (P), LT Nathan "Sponge" Spungin (CP). LT Dinwiddie joined the crew on October 22nd, and flew with the crew until January 21st.
LT's Bacher and Spungin were wounded on January 21, 1945 mission while over the target. Bacher received shrapnel wounds to the eyes, and Spungin received a severe leg wound. Individually, they were unable to continue flying the aircraft, but worked together to return to Sudbury. Both pilots kept their position in the squadron, until over friendly territory, when they sprinted for home. During the entire episode they refused pain medication, preferring to remain lucid to get the ship and crew back home. They managed to put the aircraft down at Sudbury. The rest of the crew would finish their tour with other crews in March '45.
George Edgar's War Diary
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Gerson Bacher||1st LT||Pilot||09/21/44||01/21/45||WIA, 01/21/45. Flew only 22 missions.|
|Nathan Spungin||2nd LT||Pilot||09/21/44||01/21/45||WIA, 01/21/45. Flew only 21 missions.|
|Charles R. Monk||LT||Navigator||09/21/44||04/09/45||Flew with LT Genz beginning in March '45.|
|George L. Edgar||LT||Bombardier||09/21/44||04/09/45||Flew with LT Genz beginning in March '45.|
|Alfred L. Bain||TSGT||Radio||09/21/44||01/21/45||Status unknown. May have been WIA.|
|Charles A. Blankinship||TSGT||FE/Top||09/21/44||03/29/45||Flew with various crews in March '45, completing only 29 missions.|
|James L. Autrey||SSGT||Gunner||Removed from the crew, and did not fly with the 486th.|
|William F. Curtis||SSGT||Waist||09/26/44||04/10/45||Flew with LT Ellersick, and only completed 28 missions.|
|Paul E. V. J. Bolduc||SSGT||Ball||09/26/44||03/14/45||First mission may have been 09/17/44. Flew with LT Ellersick, completing only 28 missions.|
|Albin J. Markiewicz||SSGT||Tail||09/21/44||04/07/45||Flew with other crews, completing only 25 missions.|
|Carl Woodard||MSGT||Crew Chief|
|080||09/21/44||various (check ride)||B17G|
|106||11/16/44||Old Man's Folly||NJ||43-37891||B17G|
|118||12/24/44||Old Man's Folly||NJ||43-37891||B17G|
|121||12/29/44||The Short Arm||NA||44-6616||B17G|
|128||01/07/45||The Short Arm||NA||44-6616||B17G|
|131||01/13/45||The Short Arm||NA||44-6616||B17G|
|Created 09/29/99||Modified 12/23/16|
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