courtesy of Glenn Carmen, 316th BW webmaster
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to R Standing:
T/Sgt Edwin S. Goodnow, Flight Engineer; 2nd Lt Jack W. Coates, Radar Observer; 2nd Lt Robert O. Roper, Bombardier; 1st Lt Robert B. King, Airplane Commander; 2nd Lt Robert H.
Mohrman, Navigator; 2nd Lt Lewis B. Sloan, Jr., Pilot.
L to R: Kneeling: Cpl
Rudolph J. Kirincich, Gunner; S/Sgt
Daniel Rubin, Gunner; S/Sgt
Richard W. Cummings, Gunner; T/Sgt William C. Merchant, CFC Gunner; Sgt
Wilford E. Christensen, Radio
|| King Crew
Lt Lewis B. Sloan, Jr.
|15 November 1992
Lt Jack W. Coates
following came from Steve Smiesk, webmaster 330th
BG (VH) web site during a conversation with 1st Lt John Dickerson,
457th BS, 330th BG:
in June 1945, three crews of 8th Air Force 316th BW, 346th BS
received orders to take off for the Marianas where they would
fly with the 20th Air Force. The 314th BW needed replacement crews
and they were to absorb experience which they could later pass
on to their fellow crews. On 5 July 1945 'the 8th Air Force landed
on Guam' They were the only crews of their 316th BW squadron to
Carmen, historian of the 316th Bombardment Wing & whose father served with the 333rd
BG, 316th BW, forwarded data from orders dated 18 Jun 1945
Issued by HQ PAAF (Pratt Army Air Field) Pratt, KS listing this
crew. They were on DS from 462nd BS, 346th BG, 316th BW.
In February 2005 Rick
Goodnow, Son of T/Sgt Edwin S. Goodnow contacted our site to let
us know that his father's name was listed on our 60th Ground Personnel
Roster, however his father was part of an aircrew. He also sent
us the above photo and identified his father and T/Sgt Merchant.
General Order 25 Battle Participation Award 60th Bomb Squadron
dated 16 August 1945 where Goodnow's name was found also showed
11 men in all as being attached to the 39th BG. Goodwin's son
recalls his father mentioning "King"
which was one of the names indicated as attached.
11 Nov 2014: Mark Sloan, son of 2nd Lt Lewis B. Sloan, Jr. idenified the remaining men in the crew photo - King, Roper, Rubin, , Cummings and Kirincich as well as his father; Added Sloan to Crew Honor Roll and Final Flight Honor Roll.
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