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"City of Roswell"
"Skyscrapper"
B-29 # 42-65364

Standing L to R:
2nd Lt James M. Frodsham Pilot
1st Lt John E. Blake Bombardier
1st Lt William D. Orr Airplane Commander
1st Lt William A. Costa Navigator
1st Lt Arthur D. Swanberg Radar Observer
Kneeling L to R:
S/Sgt James W. Wyckoff Right Gunner
S/Sgt James E. Schwoegler Radio Operator
T/Sgt Edward Kanick Flight Engineer (MIA 1 June 1945)
Sgt Robert E. Weiler Left Gunner
S/Sgt Pasquale Mastromotteo Tail Gunner
T/Sgt Ralph Gervais CFC Gunner

Click on the name of crew member above to find out more about them

Crew 30
2005 WWII Memorial, Washington, DC

L to R: William Costa (Nav), James E. Schwoegler (Radio Op), Bob Weiler (LG), Arthur Swanberg (Radar Observer) and Jim Wyckoff (RG)
Absent is: Pat Mastromatteo (TG)
Photo by Liz Van Kampen


Crew 30
Honor Roll
T/Sgt Edward M. Kanick
Flight Engineer
MIA: 1 June 1945
2nd Lt James M. Frodsham
Co-pilot
6 December 1974
Capt William D. Orr
Airplane Commander
September 1979
S/Sgt Ralph T. Gervais
CFC Gunner
16 March 1994
M/Sgt Connie E. Davis
Crew Chief
27 March 2001
Sgt Gilbert Beegle
Mechanic
March 1993
S/Sgt James W. Wyckoff
Right Gunner
4 October 2006
S/Sgt Pasquale "Pat" Mastromatteo
Tail Gunner
10 October 2007
S/Sgt James E. Schwoegler
Radio Operator
19 May 2010
1st Lt William A. Costa
Navigator
11 January 2014
1st Lt Arthur D. Swanberg
Radar Observer
18 January 2014
Sgt Robert E. Weiler
Left Gunner
02 November 2015

Replacement Flight Engineer after the crew's 14th mission: F/O Clyde Eugene Morgan
anyone with any additional information abt F/O Eugene Morgan, please email:

Update:

2 Nov 2015: Added: Weiler to Crew Honor Roll and Final Flight Honor Roll.

22 Jan 2014: Added: Swanberg to Crew Honor Roll and Final Flight Honor Roll.

11 Jan 2014: Added: Costa to Crew Honor Roll and Final Flight Honor Roll.

20 May 2010: Added: Schwoegler to Crew Honor Roll and Final Flight Honor Roll.

12 Jul 2008: Added: MACR # 14594 (in PDF) to section. Click here to view

28 Dec 2007: Added Mastromatteo to Crew Honor Roll and Final Flight Honor Roll.

This leaves Bob Weiler as the last member of the original combat crew living.



Illustration by Bob Weiler

A Tribute To "The City Of Roswell"

Here's to 42-65364
And the crew that flew her in the war

She did the job they made her for

But she isn't with us anymore!

She's not in Arizona baking in the sun-
She did her job - the war we won!

She gave her all off an alien shore

After bombing Osaka - mission one-four!

When mortally wounded by enemy flak,
She tried so hard her crew to save,

And earned herself a watery grave!

'T were not for her we'd not me able to meet
Once more at this banquet table

To toast our crew who have gone beyond

And renew, in memory, our special bond!

We who remain will never allow
Half a century between then and now

To dim the memories of what we did then

'Til we all will be crewing her again!

written by Bob Weiler "City of Roswell"  Left Gunner

Source: "History of the 39th Bomb Group"