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 PRO 7y

    Great photo
  • Marijane Nguyen 6y

    I love this photo
  • navonco 6y

    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.
  • Pete Key 2mo

    Edward, I've looked into the records of the 8th AF and your dad was on the Rebel Gal while assigned to the 489thBG. The plane was later transferred to the 392BG, on 15 NOV 1944, where my grandfather served aboard her for the final 27 of her total 89 sorties. There is no decommission date so I assume she was never shot down. Certainly not while my grandfather served.
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