39th Bomb Group (VH)

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The following photos are courtesy of Glen Wilkes, son of S/Sgt James C. Wilkes, Jr., Radio Operator.

Crew 43 - Outside their Quonset Hut

Left to Right:
James C. Wilkes, Radio Operator - others unknown at this time.
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Names of these P-43 crew members are unknown
If you can identify the other men pictured email:

S/Sgt James Wilkes, Radio Operator, had told his other crewmembers he could never see what was going on outside of their plane when the missions were conducted (he had no window). It was decided to someone to paint a house window complete with curtains radio compartment so he "could see what was going on". His window has a barely visible gold star painted on it.

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S/Sgt Paul (Kasmarchik) Kasmer
Right Gunner
Over his gunner's blister "Mad Russian"
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Sgt Thomas Mayfield, Tail Gunner
"Meatball" under his side window
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Photo Source:Greg Wilkes, Son of James C. Wilkes, Radio Operator