08 October 2002:
Capt Hazel was the 8 men lost while flying with Crew
Photos of this crew are courtesy of Mike
Watts, Grandson of Leonard E. Stewart, RG. From photos
found in the Stewart family album and from postmarks of
letters sent home by Stewart, it appears that this crew
(at least in part) was reassigned to the 315th BW 331st
Bomb Group, which was stationed at Northwest Field, Guam.
Also, that the 39th BG flew its first mission 12 April 45
and 1st Lt. Snow's (Crew 31R) flew their first mission in
05 May 1945 - the O'Hara Crew may have been reassigned to
331st BG while still stateside - which would explain why
they did not appear on the Roster & Passengers of the
39th BG mentioned above.
*Records show Clawson was assigned as P-23's
Bombardier (their 2nd) at stateside departure.
** Capt Hazel is listed in the American Battle Monument's
War Dead WWII Honor Roll as having died 27 April 1945; assigned
to 39th Bomb Group Headquarters. None of the other members
of this crew are listed in this database.