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"City of St. Louis Park"
"Liberty Belle II"
B-29 # 42-94045
April 1945 - Herington, KS
Photo Courtesy of Richard B Vogenitz

Standing L to R:
2nd Lt Milton T. Cummings, Jr. Bombardier
2nd Lt John C. Dahl, Jr. Navigator
1st Lt John F. Smith Flight Engineer
1st Lt Gordon A. Anderson Airplane Commander
1st Lt Herbert R. Snow Pilot
2nd Lt John Kovacevich Radar Observer
Kneeling L to R:
T/Sgt Clayton B. Wall CFC Gunner
Sgt John P. Miller Right Gunner
Sgt Robert W. Davis Radio Operator
Sgt John E. Gerbig, Jr. Tail Gunner
Sgt Richard B. Vogenitz Left Gunner

Crew 24
Honor Roll
1st Lt John F. Smith
Flight Engineer
unknown
1st Lt John C. Dahl, Jr.
Navigator
3 June 1980
T/Sgt Clayton B. Wall
CFC Gunner
18 March 1995
2nd Lt John Kovacevich
Radar Observer
03 August 2002
1st Lt Herbert R. Snow
Pilot
13 July 2003
Sgt John E. Gerbig, Jr.
Tail Gunner
17 August 2003
1st Lt Milton T. Cummings
Bombardier
08 February 2005
Capt Gordon Allen Anderson
Airplane Commander
17 December 2005
Sgt Richard B. Vogenitz
Left Gunner
31 August 2015

Status of John P. Miller, Right Gunner and Robert W. Davis, Radio Operator are currently unknown

Update

02 Sept 2015:
Received an email from the cousin of Lt. Col. Richard B. Vogenitz, USAF (Ret), notifying us that has taken his Final Flight.

09 July 2006:
Received call from Lt. Col. Richard B. Vogenitz, USAF (Ret), that his Airplane Comander, Capt Gordon A. Anderson had taken his Final Flight.

29 August 2003:
Met with Milton Cummings, bombardier - A very special thanks to Tracy Clark who contacted the web site and identified "Uncle Milt" in the above crew photo and thru her and her husband, Army Capt Tim Clark, Asst Professor of Military Science Georgia State University. The Clarks arranged the meeting so we could met Milton in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. As a result of this meeting not only have the men of Crew 24 been identified in the crew photo but the crew honor roll has been updated; crew missions have been added and POC are forthcomming for other surviving members of Crew 24. Tracy noted that her father and Milton are best friends and because of that tie and the Captain Clark's willingness to aid in gathering Veteran's experiences for the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project the reason this meeting was made possible. [For more information about the project click on the link]

08 July 2002:

Contact has been established with John Gerbig, Jr., who will be sending information on his crew. One of the things he shared was that their FE had passed away. Gerbig told us the name of this crew's B-29 was nicknamed "Liberty Belle II" named after the B-24 Capt Anderson's brother flew (see above). He has provided leads on contacts with other members of the crew - please check back.
If anyone with information on Crew 24, please contact the updates@39th.org
Source: "History of the 39th Bomb Group"; John Gerbig, Richard Kelso, Milton Cummings; Ricghard B. Vogenitz