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S/Sgt Richard E. Vanden Heuvel
Tail Gunner

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Richard Vanden Heuvel
1945

Nagoya Mission: (see article)

Our Crew 18's aircraft was in for repair and the regular tail gunner for Crew 13 was ill, so I volunteered for that fatal mission. That was the only mission I flew with Crew 13. I flew the rest of missions with my original Crew 18, except for first mission, that was with Crew 2 as their Tail Gunner was in the hospital.

P-18 Tail
Richard's position on P-18

Source: Richard E. Vanden Heuvel, TG; 39th BG Orders