39th Bomb Group (VH)

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B-29 42-93974
3 4 5

The above photo was cropped from a photo of P8 (as lead crew) other crews in the formation were P-14, P-5, P-2 and P-7. Taken April 10, 1945

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Front Row Kneeling L to R:
# 5 T/Sgt Henry W. Strong, CFC

Other members of the crew:
Capt Kenneth L. Hornbeck Airplane Commander
2nd Lt Edward E. Hubbell Pilot
1st Lt James B. Frank Navigator
1st Lt Warren R. Jollymore Bombardier
2nd Lt Joel Estrin Radar Observer
1st Lt Leo A. Schumacher Flight Engineer
Cpl William I. Locarnini Radio Operator
S/Sgt Robert Little, Jr. Right Gunner
Sgt Francis E. LeMoine Left Gunner
S/Sgt Ralph W. LeMaster Tail Gunner

 Crew 53
Honor Roll 
1st Lt James B. Frank
25 February 2000

Crew 53 flew 9 missions from 13 April to 19 May 1945.

According to the June Historical Narratives "members of Crew 53, which were lead by Capt. K. L. Hornbeck (now up for reclassification) were transferred to Crew 61 with 1st Lt. Samuel K. Felton as Airplane Commander."

Per Par 9 SO 159 HQ 314th Bomb Wing this crew under the command of 1st Lt Samuel K. Felton Airplane Commander (Crew 61) were TDY (30 days) to Muroc AAF, CA for Lead Crew Training. The crew departed for the states 6 July 1945.

The Historical Narratives were written by Capt Edward S. Babbit, Historical Officer, 62nd BS, the crew departed for the states on 6 July 1945.


02 Feb 2008
Added data based on Historical Narratives Apr-July 1945

09 Dec 2005
Henry Strong contacted us and provided us with his POC. We hope to obtain additional information about his crew as Henry is our crew contact.

19 Nov 2004
Thanks to Ivan Stauffer, CFC, P-54 for identifying T/Sgt Strong
There are no contacts for this crew. If anyone can ID the airmen in the above photo or has any other information, please email

Source: "History of the 39th Bomb Group"; Lynn Parsons; Ivan Stauffer, CFC, P-54