KILBURY CREW (98)
I recently came across this photograph of my father and
his crew in front of Slightly Dangerous. My father William Kilbury is
the third from the left in the back row. He was the Aircraft Commander
of the 531st Flight Crew 98.
From information on your website his crew members were
Pilot Philip Pitkin (killed on ground June 28, 1945), Navigator Robert
Montgomery, Bombardier Henry Ostopowski (killed flying with another crew
June 18, 1945), Flight Engineer Robert Malik, Radio Operator Alexander
Werner, and Gunners Henry Gullion, William Kangas, Fred Lamb, and Earl
As previously noted in TAPS, my father died 11-14-2005.
I found this website after his death and it has meant a lot to me to
learn more about his WWII experience. Thanks to all who make it
William (Fritz) Kilbury, 10/27/10
WILSON CREW (102)
Back: Joel R. Wilson, Pilot; Richard Mansfield,
Co-Pilot; Hardy J. Rogers, Navigator; Gordon E. Burns, Bombardier
Front: Anthony Sogusky, Engineer; Joe Burdick, Radio;
Jasper Steen, Nose Gunner; Alton Johnson, Waist Gunner; Steve Eastanic,
Martin Turret; Warren Hice, Tail Gunner
Submitted by Joe Burdick, 10/10/10.
We were assigned to "Patches" and were flying the #4
position the day O'Brien's crew turned back and failed to return to our
base. Hardy Rogers and I are the only two on the crew alive. Teresa (Hice)
Burdick was married to Warren Hice, our tail gunner and good friend. We
kept in contact as we flew 32 missions together and after our spouses
passed away, Teresa and I were married on 9/22/2001.
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