16 September 1943
16 September 1943, Nantes, Fr (Harbor)
Back L-R: 2nd Lt. Duane Conkey (TG), TSgt. Leon Ausmus (TT), SSgt. Henry Lemmerman (FG), TSgt. George Jumper (RO), SSgt. Frank Bowen (FG), SSgt. James Billingsley (BT).
Front L-R: 2nd Lt. Francis Farwell (B), Maj. Raymond Ketelsen (AC), 1st Lt. Robert Lecates (P), 2nd Lt. David Warrilow (N).
Aircraft: B-17F 545th BS 42-3216 JD*S The Joker
Source: The Quentin Bland Collection.
Another image of this photo carried the following description:
Robert L. Lecates Crew
Photo taken 9/16/43, lead crew to Nantes, France. B-17F 42-3216, "The Joker," JD*S
Target was a ship, the sub-tender Kertosono in the harbor. Bombs from several Groups fell short and landed in the city.
Front L to R-LT Francis R. Farwell (B), MAJ R. P. Ketelson (Group Command Pilot), LT Robert L. Lecates (Crew Pilot), LT David P. Warrilow (N)
Back L to R- LT Duane A. Conkey (CP), SSGT Leon F. Ausmus (TT), SSGT Henry G. Lemmerman (TG), SSGT George W. Jumber (RO), SSGT Frank H. Bowen (WG), SSGT James R. Billingsley (BT).
Photo courtesy of David Warrilow
Original Site Crew Photo