384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in World War II

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Edward Field and Crew (Robert Long pilot)

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Ed Field: "Squatting: I'm third from left. Second from left is co-pilot Ralph Vrana from Cleveland. Can't remember the other names. Plane went down in North Sea on Feb. 3, 1945"

Back L-R: Thomas Arnold Davis (TG), Frederick Arnold Maki (RO), the crew's bombardier (B), Howard Jasper Oglesby, nicknamed "Mule" (TT), unidentified, unidentified (see notes below)

Front L-R: Robert Long (P), Ralph Vrana (CP), Edward Field (N), unidentified

To Be Identified: Marvin Rudolph (TOG), Jack Cook (BT), Donald Duncan (FG)

Note: Jack Cook is not in the photo

Maki, Davis, Long, Vrana, and Field identified by Edward Field. Field also identifies the man standing third from left as the crew's original bombardier and fourth from left as a gunner nicknamed "Moose." However, Oglesby notes his nickname as "Mule" in his Veterans History Project interview (see Stories).

Teresa Hirsch of Cambridge American Cemetery identified Maki as standing far right through a school photo comparison, April 2017, however the navigator, Edward Field, identifies Maki as standing second from left.

Photo courtesy of Edward Field, 2011.

Additional information provided by Jon Selle, Robert Long's cousin's great-grandson: photo taken October 1944 at the Army Air Field in Alexandria, Louisiana.

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