The crew of Rebel Gal - March 24, 1944

The crew of Rebel Gal (42-94838) in Wendover, Utah 1944. Nose art isn't quite done yet.



Sgt. Forrest H. Willis, Engineer; John William Griffith, Ball Gunner Armament; Sgt. Charles E. Cagle, Top turret gunner; Middleton Wayne Dodson, Tail Gunner; Sgt. Clyde Donald Trotter, Nose Gunner; Corp. William Michael Maschner, Radio Op.


Wendover, Utah 1943



2d Lt. Paul T. Valachovic, Bombardier; 2d Lt. Wendell Robert Buck, Co-pilot; 2d Lt. Hugh Bernard Carroll, Pilot; 2d Lt. Saul J. Wallman, Navigator


When they entered the service these guys were from:

Willis: Robinson, IL

Griffith: Carmi, IL

Cagle: unknown

Dodson: Baltimore, MD

Trotter: Chicago, IL

Maschner: Sheboygan, WI

Valachovic: Johnstown, NY

Buck: Santa Rosa, CA

Carroll: Durham, NC

Wallman: Bronx, NY



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  • Anguskirk 6y

    Great photo
  • Marijane Nguyen 5y

    I love this photo
  • navonco 5y

    Wow, Clyde Trotter is my Grandfather. Seen this shot, I did not realize it was out there.
  • Dean3213 4y

    My Grandfather is Forest Willis. I have some of these same photos but not all. It is a great feeling to see photos of him I have never seen. God Bless him.... I misss him. He would tell me stories of his time on Rebel Gal when I was in flight training. I also have Rebel Gal's target list with dates, Maintenance records and Engineer notes if anyone is interested. Thank you for posting
  • Fauxaddress - Edward 4y

    I am very happy you guys have found your grandfathers. Maybe someday someone will find their great-grandfathers.

    If anyone wants to add anything about any of these men, I would appreciate it as a way to document their lives. Even a couple of sentences about where they went after the war, who they married, what their carriers were, and/or children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren would be great. Anything to help flush the pictures out to make these guys and their lives real.
  • Boston Harold 3y

    The Flickr photostream has produced miracles. It's a treasure.
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