Are the identities of Robert Barcroft's crew in
pictures below known?
His plane was the Taconite Express serial number 42-96151
The guy on left (Barcroft) is the person that Phillip A. Vogel
flew with in June 1944. Not sure who are pictured but do we have idea of what
Phillip might look like?
D day 6 June 1944 was Barcrofts first mission where "they attacked strong points and bombed fuel dumps and other objectives to support ground forces throughout the Normandy Campaign".
Crew names of one mission.
Robert Barcroft - pilot, Edwin Zachary - co-pilot, Phillip Vogel - bombardier, Carl Reib - engineer/gunner, John O'Connor - radio/gunner, and Charles Stiles - armorer/gunner.
Two other photos one is of a map on silk that they carried which could be used for escape/evasion.
Link to photo:
Phillip A. Vogel is my cousin but I have only recently found the thread to his war experience. Below is history of his aircraft and crew. Are there data bases that would tell when he joined BG 391 and how many missions he might have flown?
"The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11).
Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by an estimated fifty to seventy-five FW-19Us and ME-109's. As a result, sixteen aircraft were missing in action, and the returning planes were badly battle-damaged.
42-96223, 1st.PFF, "CHERE AMIE", Code IH-O, Missions flown 39;
the plane painted all over black; MARC 15002
21 Jun 44 to 23 Dec 44 shot down by fighters while leading 391st.BG, front of a/c badly shot up. Capt. Enoch G. Longsworth, 2.Lt Arthur E DeSaulniers, 1.Lt Phillip A Vogel; Capt William G Wilson, T/Sgt George R Winston; S/Sgt Robert H Aley (Longworth, Vogel, Wilson, DeSaulniers and Aley, KIA; Winston badly wounded but survived as POW)
1st Lt Phillip A. Vogel was my second cousin. It would be
interesting to. know how many missions he flew on prior to 23 Dec. 1944.
39172893. WINSTON#GEORGE#R#WASHINGTON CLARK TACOMA WASHINGTON 1942 Civil Life 1920
39172893 WINSTON GEORGE R. ARMY 0397 European Theatre: Germany Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated. GERMANY. Stalag 11B Fallingbostel Prussia (Work Camps) 53-09
GEORGE R. WINSTON, SR. George Russell "Russ" Winston, Sr. died July 21, 2005 at the age of 85 in Vancouver, WA. He was born Jan. 7, 1920 and lived most of his life in the Heisson, Battle Ground area. He was a retired mechanic who spent the last 20 years as a snowbird with Frances, his wife of 59 years. He was in the CCC before he served in the Amry Air Corps in WWII. During that time he was a POW, decorated with the Purple Heart, Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Esther (Gerrard), and a brother Milton who was killed in WWII. He is survived by his wife Frances (Schell); children George Jr. of LaCenter, Wayne of Battle Ground, Scott of Vancouver, Jeanne Lewis of New Mexico and Nancy McDaniel of Vancouver; a brother, William of Battle Ground; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Russ was a member of Teamsters, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and a lifetime member of the NRA. There are no planned services. Memorial contributions can be made to: DAV, National Service Foundation 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076. www.dav.org