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Unnamed
B-29 # 42-65368 - Lost 10 April 1945
"City of Santa Rosa"
"Uncle Tim's Cabin"
B-29 # 44-69894 - 2nd Aircraft
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Standing L to Right (in above photo):
Capt Ralph T. Gray Airplane Commander
1st Lt Donald C. Hedlund Pilot
2nd Lt Joseph F. Connolly Navigator
1st Lt Joseph E. Courtney Bombardier
1st Lt Edwin V. Hughes Radar Observer
M/Sgt Leslie E. Rowe Flight Engineer
Standing L to Right (in above photo):
Cpl John H. Thompson Right Gunner
S/Sgt Leo B. Sutton Tail Gunner
T/Sgt Richard W. Robinson CFC Gunner
Sgt Robert F. Potter Left Gunner
S/Sgt James H. Snyder Radio Operator
Note: The ID of the men in the photo immediately above were determined by comparing photos provided by Joseph Courtney II, son of the crew's bombardier and verified by Richard Robinson, CFC.
Photo Courtesy of Richard Kelso, Son in-law of Lt Col James H. Thompson

Joseph Courtney II, son of Bombardier has contacted our site and is providing with vaulable data on his father's crew.

Replacement Crew Members:
F/O Francis R. Demchock Replacement Navigator
After 10 April 1945
Sgt Charles R. Feaster Replacement Radio Operator
After 12 April 1945
Sgt Lee S. Horn Replacement Left Gunner
After 12 April 1945

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 Crew 04
Honor Roll
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2nd Lt Joseph F. Connonlly
Navigator
10 April 1945
F/O Francis R. Demchock
Replacement Navigator
October 1980
M/Sgt Leslie E. Rowe
Flight Engineer
11 January 1988
S/Sgt Leo B. Sutton
Tail Gunner
18 April 1988
1st Lt Edwin V. Hughes
Radar Observer
12 April 1997
1st Lt Joseph E. Courtney
Bombardier
24 February 1999
Captain Ralph T. Gray
Airplane Commander
20 May 2005
T/Sgt Richard W. Robinson
CFC Gunner
30 November 2013

60th Squadron Crew Index

Source: "Maximum Effort" by Robert Laird; Marvin Demanzuk; Joseph E. Courtney II, son; Richard Robinson, CFC; Donald C. Hedlund, Pilot; James Hughes, son