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Capt. Chester W. Taylor
Navigator

The following information was submitted by Chester W. Taylor of Greenville, NC.

Captain Taylor became the Squadron Navigator after leaving the crew.  He got in about 15 missions with P-28.

Capt. Taylor flew with Crew 28 May 5, while flying as a Superdumbo off the coast of Japan.  Miller and his crew had been conducting a search off Shikoku Island when they say an American submarine surface below.  Two Rufes (Zeros with pontoons) came in making for the submarines for the purpose of attacking it.  Seeing the danger to the surfaced vessel, Miller decided to join the battle and protect it.  The "City of Virgina Beach" went from 1000 feet to the deck PDQ!  Lt Rogers shot down one Ruffe; we saw the explosion and flames hit the ocean.  The other Rufe turned and disappeared.  Miller was awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to his Distinguished Flying Cross for this mission.

Chester Taylor left Guam about September 20, 1945, on emergency leave and never got any addresses of the crew.  He has had no other contact with the crew.

* 1st Lt. Jonas Rosenfeld replaced Taylor as Navigator on Crew 28.  No information on Rosenfeld or any of the other crew members is known.

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Sources: "History of the 39th Bomb Group"