380th

Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group

WE WENT TO WAR
PART II:  A ROSTER OF THE FLIGHT CREWS


FLIGHT CREWS OF GROUP HEADQUARTERS


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FORMAT OF ENTRIES

LIST OF AIRCRAFT COMMANDERS

COLLERAN OVERSEAS CREW (Staff Extra)

MILLER OVERSEAS CREW (Staff Extra)

WARE OVERSEAS CREW (Staff Extra)

GROUP STAFF CREW

BRISSEY FLY HOME CREW



LIST OF GROUP HEADQUARTERS AIRCRAFT COMMANDERS

Last Name

First Name

Initial(s)

Flight Duty Post

Air Crew

Air Crew Number

Airplane Name

Notes

Banks

Jack

R.

Acft Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Barnett

Aurelius

P.

Acft Cmdr; Asst Group Opns Officer

 

 

 

 

Brissey

Forrest

L(ee), Jr.

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Group Cmdr

Ware's Overseas Crew (Co-Pilot), Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Acft Cmdr))

Staff Extra

POOCHIE,

ROUGH KNIGHT

 

Cesario

Joseph

M.

Acft Cmdr; Group Operations Officer

 

 

 

 

Colleran

Robert

J.

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Dpty Group Cmdr

Colleran's Overseas Crew

Staff Extra

80 DAYS MAJOR

 

Connery

Augustus

V., Jr.

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Group Tactical Inspector; Dpty Group Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Cox

Gayle

S.

Acft Cmdr; Group Air Inspector; Group Opns Officer; Base Opns Officer; Dpty Group Cmdr; Group Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Craig

Richard

M.

Acft Cmdr; Group Air Executive; Dpty Group Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Edminster

Francis

K.

Acft Cmdr; Asst Group Operations Officer; Cmdr Advanced Echelon, APO74

 

 

 

 

Forest

Stuart

V.

Acft Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Garn

Robert

A.

Acft Cmdr; Dpty Group Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Garrison

Edward

H.

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Group Tactical Insp

 

 

 

 

Hahn

Howard

G.

Acft Cmdr; Group Operations Officer; Deputy Group Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Henschke

John

M.

Acft Cmdr; Group Air Inspector; Group Opns Officer; Dpty Group Cmdr; Group Commander

 

 

 

 

Huet

Allan

W.

Acft Cmdr; Asst Group Opns

 

 

 

 

Jensen

Christian

J.

Acft Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Johnson

Robert

F.

Acft Cmdr; Operations Officer

Johnson's Crew, Brissey's Fly Home Crew (3rd Pilot)

30

 

(In 529)

Kunz

William

E.

Acft Cmdr; Asst Group Opns Officer; Group Operations Officer

 

 

 

 

Martin

Ernest

M.

Acft Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Miller

Fred

W.

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer

 

 

 

 

Miller

William

A.

Acft Cmdr; Group Commander

Miller's Overseas Crew, Group Staff Crew

Staff Extra

MISS MARY, ALLEY OOP

 

Porter

John

W.

Pilot; Acft Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Robertson

Frank

W.

Acft Cmdr, Pilot

Robertson's Overseas Crew, Group Staff Crew

14

SNAFU, ALLEY OOP

 

Seale

Francis

M.

Acft Cmdr; Cmdr Advanced Detachment (Darwin)

 

 

 

 

Smith

Zed

S., III

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Group Air Exec

 

 

 

 

Stark

John

J.

Acft Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Taylor

Francis

W.

Acft Cmdr; Group Aerial Gunnery Officer; Group Movements Officer

Colleran's Overseas Crew (Passenger)

Staff Extra

80 DAYS MAJOR

 

Tovaraz

Anthony

M.

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Group Tactical Insp

 

 

 

 

VanPelt

James

H.

Acft Cmdr; Group Tactical Inspector; Base Opns Officer; Dpty Group Cmdr

 

 

 

 

Ware

Everett

H.

Acft Cmdr; Dpty Group Cmdr

Ware's Overseas Crew

Staff Extra

POOCHIE

 

Woodward

Herbert

L.

Acft Cmdr; Group Operations Officer

Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Co-Pilot)

 

 

(In 529)




The format of each entry is as follows:

Duty Assignment: Last Name, First Name, Initial(s), ASN | Aircraft Commander's Name, (Air Crew Number) | Airplane Name When Claimed | Date and Title of Order Joining Group, Entering Rank | Date and Title of Order or Cause When Leaving Group, Highest Rank Attained | Notes

See: Notes Concerning Each Listing and the Glossary for the abbreviations used.



COLLERAN OVERSEAS CREW (Staff Extra)
 

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Dpty Group Cmdr:   Colleran, Robert J., O-23817 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Staff Extra), 80 DAYS MAJOR | PAR2, SO364, Davis Montham Field, 3O-Dec-42, Capt | /, /, Lt Col |

Pilot: Portillo, Richard L., O-902064 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Pilot) (Staff Extra-530), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Initial Deployment, Apr-43, 2/Lt | /, /, 2/Lt |

Flt Eng: Hoke, John M., 13023647 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Flt Eng) (Staff Extra-530), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Original Cadre, Nov-42, M/Sgt | /, /, M/Sgt |

Radio Opr: Griffin, James R., 20828937 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Radio Opr) (Staff Extra-530), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Original Cadre, Nov-42, S/Sgt | PAR2, SO227, VBC, 16-Aug-45, M/Sgt |

Passenger: Conner, Benjamin F., 13008865 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra-530), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Original Cadre, Nov-42, S/Sgt | PAR2, SO227, VBC, 16-Aug-45, M/Sgt |

Passenger: Herrmann, William C., O-858090 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Initial Deployment, Apr-43, 2/Lt | /, /, 2/Lt |

Passenger: Lavato, Tony V., O-565941 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Original Cadre, /, 2/Lt | /, /, Capt |

Passenger: Lyman, Richard W., O-380376 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Initial Deployment, Apr-43, Maj | /, /, Maj |

Passenger: Taylor, Francis W., O-855938 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), 80 DAYS MAJOR | Initial Deployment, Apr-43, 1/Lt | /, /, Capt |

 

Note: An Air Transport Command (ATC) navigator was employed.


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MILLER OVERSEAS CREW (Staff Extra)
 

Acft Cmdr; Group Commander:   Miller, William A., O-299054 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Maj | /, /, Col |

Pilot: Geddes, John W., O-390221 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Co-Pilot) (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, Capt | KIA (as Observer on Mission), 21 May 43, Capt |

Navigator; Group Navigator:   Hillman, Ronald T., O-724314 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, 1/Lt | /, /, Capt |

Bombardier; Group Bombardier:   Nichols, Willard A., O-728305 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, 1/Lt | /, /, Capt |

Flt Eng: Piner, Robert G., III, 18063257 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Flt Eng) (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Original Cadre, Nov 42, T/Sgt | /, /, T/Sgt |

Radio Opr: Dunlap, Leon N., 17020528 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Staff Extra-528), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, T/Sgt | /, /, T/Sgt |

Passenger: Barter, John W., O-855959 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, 2/Lt | /, /, 1/Lt |

Passsenger: Brandle, Edward J., 33266994 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, S/Sgt | /, /, S/Sgt |

Passsenger: Cochran, John C., O-903874 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, Capt | /, /, Capt |

Passenger: Poor, Samuel S., O-649539 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Original Cadre, Nov 42, 2/Lt | KFA (Miller Crash), 25 Aug 43, Capt |

Passenger: Warren, John K., 34287964 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), MISS MARY | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, T/Sgt | /, /, T/Sgt |


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WARE OVERSEAS CREW (Staff Extra)
 

Acft Cmdr; Dpty Group Cmdr:   Ware, Everett H., O-23134 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Staff Extra), POOCHIE | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, Maj | TRANS, Aug 43, RM, Maj |

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Group Cmdr:   Brissey, Forrest L(ee), Jr., O-427437 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Co-Pilot) (Staff Extra), POOCHIE, ROUGH KNIGHT | (Fr 531), /, Maj | ACFH, Oct 45, Col |

Flt Eng: Carpenter, William L., 15069814 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Flt Eng) (Staff Extra-528), POOCHIE | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Sgt | PAR2, SO227, VBC, 16 Aug 45, M/Sgt |

Radio Opr: Spaid, Max J., 13047615 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Radio Opr) (Staff Extra), POOCHIE | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, M/Sgt | PAR2, SO227, VBC, 16 Aug 45, M/Sgt |

Passenger: Campbell, John D., 18052827 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra-529), POOCHIE | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Sgt | PAR2, SO227, VBC, 16 Aug 45, M/Sgt |

Passenger: Noonan, William S., 38046721 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra-531), POOCHIE | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Pfc | PAR1, SO72, VBC, 13 Mar 45, M/Sgt |

Passenger: Shirkey, Philip C., Jr., O-855358 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra), POOCHIE | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, 1/Lt | /, /, Capt |

Passenger: Snyder, James R., 33268136 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra-530), POOCHIE | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, T/Sgt | /, /, T/Sgt |

Passenger: Stewart, Arthur B., 15099087 | Ware's Overseas Crew (Passenger) (Staff Extra-528), POOCHIE | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Pvt | /, /, T/Sgt |

Note: An Air Transport Command (ATC) navigator was employed.


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GROUP STAFF CREW
 

Acft Cmdr; Group Commander:   Miller, William A., O-299054 | Miller's Overseas Crew, Group Staff Crew (Staff Extra), MISS MARY, ALLEY OOP | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Maj | /, /, Col |

Acft Cmdr, Pilot: Robertson, Frank W., O-734134 | Robertson's Overseas Crew, Group Staff Crew (14), SNAFU, ALLEY OOP | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, 2/Lt | PAR5, SO47, 380BG, 16 Feb 44, 1/Lt | (Fr 529)

Group Navigator: Beall, Edwin S., O-804775 | Group Staff Crew, ALLEY OOP | PAR8, SO162, VBC, 8 Jul 43, 2/Lt | /, /, 2/Lt |

Bombardier; Group Bombardier:   Nichols, Willard A., O-728305 | Miller's Overseas Crew, Group Staff Crew (Staff Extra), MISS MARY, ALLEY OOP | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, 1/Lt | /, /, Capt |

Bombardier: Siple, Raymond E., Jr., / | Group Staff Crew, ALLEY OOP | /, /, F/O | KFA (in Miller Crash), 25 Aug 43, F/O | (In 530)

Flt Eng: Cater, Clifford D., 16024274 | Baker's Overseas Crew, Group Staff Crew (32), LUCKY, ALLEY OOP | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, T/Sgt | KFA (Miller accident), 25 Aug 43, T/Sgt | (In 531)

Flt Eng: Wilkinson, Harold J., 37287236 | Baker's Overseas Crew, Thomas' Crew, Group Staff Crew (32, 34), LUCKY, PUG, ALLEY OOP | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Sgt | PAR20, SO36, 5AF, 5 Feb 44, T/Sgt | (In 531)

Radio Opr: Dunlap, Leon N., 17020528 | Miller's Overseas Crew, Group Staff Crew (Staff Extra-528), MISS MARY, ALLEY OOP | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, T/Sgt | /, /, T/Sgt |

Radio Opr: Lynch, Harold P., 35259224 | Group Staff Crew, ALLEY OOP | (Fr 531), Jun 43, T/Sgt | (To 531), /, T/Sgt | (In 531)

Asst Radio Opr, Gunner:   Blessinger, Irvin J., 39609985 | Baker's Overseas Crew, Thomas' Crew, Group Staff Crew (32, 34), LUCKY, PUG, ALLEY OOP | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Sgt | PR Feb 44, RM, S/Sgt | (In 531)

Gunner: Greenwood, Donald M., 31136269 | Connery's Crew, Vick's Crew, Group Staff Crew (25, 56), GUS'S BUS, ALLEY OOP | Initial Deployment, Apr 43, S/Sgt | PAR2, SO50, 380BG, 19 Feb 44, S/Sgt | (In 530)

Gunner: Poor, Samuel S., O-649539 | Miller's Overseas Crew (Passenger), Group Staff Crew (Staff Extra), MISS MARY, ALLEY OOP | Original Cadre, Nov 42, 2/Lt | KFA (Miller Crash), 25 Aug 43, Capt |

Photographer: Ballenger, Dewey P., Jr., 18116512 | Various Crews, Group Staff Crew, ALLEY OOP | Initial Deployment, May 43, Pfc | /, /, S/Sgt | (In 530)


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BRISSEY FLY HOME CREW
 

Acft Cmdr; Group Opns Officer; Group Cmdr:   Brissey, Forrest L(ee), Jr., O-427437 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Acft Cmdr)) (Staff Extra), ROUGH KNIGHT | (Fr 531), /, Maj | ACFH, Oct 45, Col |

Acft Cmdr; Operations Officer:   Johnson, Robert F., O-700403 | Johnson's Crew, Brissey's Fly Home Crew (3rd Pilot) (30), ROUGH KNIGHT | PAR2, SO8, FEAF CR&TC, 10 Jul 44, 2/Lt | ACFH, Sep 45, Capt | (In 529)

Acft Cmdr; Group Operations Officer:   Woodward, Herbert L., O-676862 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Co-Pilot), ROUGH KNIGHT | /, /, / | PAR7, SO145, 380BG (To 529), 24 May 45, Maj | (In 529)

Navigator; Group Navigator:   Smith, Arthur J., O-807941 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Navigator), ROUGH KNIGHT | PAR3, SO72, 380BG (Fr 528), 12 Mar 44, 2/Lt | PAR15, SO222, FEAF, 10 Aug 45, Capt |

Bombardier; Group Bombardier:   Longeway, Frederick P., Jr., O-765817 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Bombardier), ROUGH KNIGHT | PAR1, SO240, 380BG (Fr 529), 27 Aug 44, 2/Lt | PAR15, SO222, FEAF, 10 Aug 45, Capt |

Flt Eng; Group Engineering Office:   Heckel, Ralph W., O-855297 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Flt Eng), ROUGH KNIGHT | SO80, 380BG (Fr 531), 20 Mar 44, Capt | /, /, Maj | (In 531)

Radio Opr: Stuckey, Algernon L., 18137058 | Udall's Crew, Brissey's Fly Home Crew (63), ROUGH KNIGHT | PAR5, SO303, VBC, 29 Oct 44, Cpl | PAR4, SO210, 5AF, 29 Jul 45, T/Sgt | (In 530)

Passenger: Perdue, William J., O-569728 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Passenger), ROUGH KNIGHT | PAR1, SO85, 380BG (Fr 531), 25 Mar 44, 1/Lt | /, /, Capt |

Passenger: Hoke, John M., 13023647 | Colleran's Overseas Crew (Flt Eng), Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Mech) (Staff Extra-530), ROUGH KNIGHT | Original Cadre, Nov 42, M/Sgt | /, /, M/Sgt | (In 530)

Passenger: Lehning, Thomas H., 34287051 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Passenger), ROUGH KNIGHT | Initial Deployment, May 43, Cpl | /, /, Cpl | (In 529)

Passenger: Wilson, Malcolm D., 34134078 | Brissey's Fly Home Crew (Mech), ROUGH KNIGHT | Original Cadre, Nov 42, Cpl | /, /, M/Sgt | (In 530)


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Go to Part I:   Go to Part II:

Introduction to Rosters
Roster for the 528th Squadron
Roster for the 529th Squadron
Roster for the 530th Squadron
Roster for the 531st Squadron
Roster for Group Headquarters

 

Introduction to Flight Crew Rosters
528th Squadron Flight Crews
529th Squadron Flight Crews
530th Squadron Flight Crews
531st Squadron Flight Crews


Go to Part III:
 

Introduction to RAAF Roster and Flight Crews

Includes Personnel Rosters for all four squadrons and group headquarters, as well as the Flight Crew Rosters for all four squadrons

Go to Part IV:
 

MOS/SSN Designations



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