The crew of Rebel Gal - March 24, 1944

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    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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    RugNug, JazzyGirl2008, navonco, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Anguskirk 78 months ago | reply

      Great photo

    2. JazzyGirl2008 65 months ago | reply

      I love this photo

    3. navonco 65 months ago | reply

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

    4. Dean3213 49 months ago | reply

      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

    5. Fauxaddress - Edward 49 months ago | reply

      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.

    6. Boston Harold 33 months ago | reply

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

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