LT Chilton's crew at Hunter Field, Savannah, GA.
Standing (L to R): Robert "Red" Chilton (P), Gerald Fitzgerald (N), Tom Mayfield (CP), John Stanilonis (B). Front (L to R): Malcolm Falterman (FE), Tom Schuster, (RO), Bert Clinkston (WG), Kenneth Dockery (TG). Not photographed: Harold Hawkins (BG).
After completing training at Hunter Field, in Savannah Georgia, the Chilton crew was transferred by troop train to Camp Kilmer, NJ to prepare for embarkation on the Queen Elizabeth. While at Kilmer, Fitzgerald was hospitalized with mononucleosis. The crew sailed to England without him. Bombardiers were normally removed from the crews and put into pools to await lead bombardier training. However, the loss of Fitzgerald left LT Chilton without a Navigator. The bombardier, LT Stanilonis had had navigator training in bombardier school, so he was made the crew navigator with the approval of the squadron commander. Kenneth Dockery became the togglier, and Harold Hawkins replaced him in the tail. Pete Pascarzi was transferred to the crew to fill the ball gunners position.
When LT Fitzgerald finally arrived in England, LT Chilton recommended him to "Mickey" school, for training in the operation of long-range radar navigation.
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Robert Chilton||LT||Pilot||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|W. Thomas Mayfield, Jr.||LT||Copilot||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|Gerald Fitzgerald||LT||Navigator||Transferred. Completed tour.|
|John Stanilonis||LT||Navigator/Bombardier||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|Malcom Falterman||T/SGT||FE/Top||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|Tom Schuster||T/SGT||Radio Operator||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|Bert Clinkston||S/SGT||Waist||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|Harold Hawkins||SGT||Tail||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|Kenneth Dockery||SGT||Nose||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
|George P. Pascarzi, Jr.||S/SGT||Ball||02/09/45||04/07/45||Completed tour.|
Completed 24 Missions
|Created 06/01/99||Modified 12/23/16|
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