39th Bomb Group (VH)

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Replacement Crew 42
B-29 # 44-87642 - Slim II
Originally assigned to P-44

Taken: 8/14/45
Photo Courtsey of Richard Kelso, Son in-law Lt Col James H. Thompson

Standing facing crew:
1st Lt James W. Frey Airplane Commander
Standing (back row) L to R: 1st Lt Wigo E. Brandt, Radar Observer; 1st Lt Wayne E. Andrew, Pilot; 2nd Lt Mervyn B. Robinson, Navigator; F/O William F. Schreck, Bombardier
Kneeling L to R: Sgt Charles E. Gray, Left Gunner; S/Sgt James W. Andrews, CFC Gunner; Sgt William B. Hathaway, Right Gunner; M/Sgt Nicholas J. Livingston, FE; Sgt Herbert C. Verry, Radio Op; Sgt Andrew Harnaha, Tail Gunner

Crew 42R
Honor Roll 
1st Lt Wayne E. Andrew
Died in B-52 accident
S/Sgt James W. Andrews
CFC Gunner
Sgt Charles E. Gray
Left Gunner
Sgt William B. Hathaway
Right Gunner
23 January 1988
2nd Lt Mervyn B. Robinson
05 May 1989
Sgt Andrew Harnaha
Tail Gunner
28 February 1999
1st Lt Wigo E. Brandt
Radar Observer
03 November 1999
1st Lt James W. Frey
Airplane Commander
24 December 2005
M/Sgt Nicholas J. Livingston
Flight Engineer
28 June 2011
2nd Lt William F. Schreck
15 December 2014
Sgt Herbert C. Verry
Radio Operator
20 April 2016


11 Mar 2019 - Sgt Herbert C. Verry, was added to Crew Honor Roll & to the Final Flight Honor Roll section. He was surviving member of this crew.

20 Dec 2014
- 2nd Lt William F. Schreck to Crew Honor Roll, thanks Richard Cookson for bring this to our attention; with the passing of 2nd Lt. Schreck, Sgt Herbert C. Verry, Radio Operator is the last remaining member of this crew.

02 Jul 2011 - M/Sgt Nicholas J. Livingston added to Crew Honor Roll, thanks to his grandson, Jason for notifying us.

25 Jun 2010 - Andrew, Robinson, Andrews, Hathaway, Gray & Harnaha have been identified in the above crew photo. Charles Williams, a visitor to our site was able to contact Herbert Verry, Radio Operator, verifiy the photo and who is pictured. Thank you Mr. Williams!

Mar 2006 - 1st Lt James W. Frey added to Crew Honor Roll.

Feb 2006 - Corrected ranks per SO 148 dated 18 June 1945 Issued by HQ PAAF.

Nov 2005
- William Schreck contacted our web site and provided us with his POC; Made contact with Nicholas Livingston who provided us with POC for Herbert Verry.

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The following came from Steve Smiesk, webmaster 330th BG (VH) web site during a conversation with 1st Lt John Dickerson, 457th BS, 330th BG:

"Late in June 1945, three crews of 8th Air Force 316th BW, 346th BG 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 see combat."

Glenn Carmen, historian for the 316th Bombardment Wing & whose father served in the 333rd BG, 316th BW, forwarded data from orders dated December 1944 Issued by Alamogordo Army Air Field listing this crew.

The Frey Ccrew was on DS from 463rd BS, 346th BG, 316th BW.

James W. Frey, Airplane Commander confirmed they were Replacement Crew 42 (39th BG (VH) ). They flew approximately 9 missions including the last combat mission on 14/15 August to Isesaki.

Herbert Verry, Radio Op, New Hampshire is only remaining member of the crew.

Slim II" pictured in the background was assigned to Crew 44, Capt Carroll Payne, AC; according to 1st Lt Charles A. Smith, Radar Observer - "Payne returned to Guam in time to participate in the flyover of the Missouri during the surrender ceremony. The rest of us returned to the States from Oahu". Frey mentions that while they only flew 9 missions all believes all were flown in "Slim II"

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Source: James W. Frey, Glenn Carmen; Todd Phillips; Rick Brandt; Photo Source: Richard Kelso, Son in-law of Lt Col. James Thompson