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Crew PILOT: John S.  GILES

 The John S. Giles crew with Hard Luck and Hard Luck's ground crew. Note the mission markers on Hard Luck. This is probably one of the last photos of this A/C before it was lost on August 14, 1944, with the Donald Cielewich crew. Plane had 47 mission markers at this point. Giles crew information Cielewich crew information (100th Photo Archives) 

The John S. Giles, Jr. crew.  Standing (left to right); Andrew G. Leuthold, Albert S. Pela, Elzo Bevan, Norbert O. DePauw, Robert B. Rowley and Jack E. Conger.  Kneeling; John S. Giles, Jr., Sterling P. Lambert Charles E. Gunter, Jr. and Cordy A. Ramer, Jr.   Detailed Information   (100th Photo Archives)

1st Lt John P Giles. Photo courtesy of daughter Dee Dee Giles Miller

MACR: 08812 CR: 08812

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 CAPT John S. GILES P POW
2 LT Sterling P. LAMBERT CP CPT
3 LT Charles E. GUNTER NAV CPT
4 LT Kenneth S. WELTY NAV POW
5 LT Cordy A. RAMER BOM POW
6 LT Harris H. SKELTON BOM POW
7 S/SGT Andrew G. LEUTHOLD TTE POW
8 T/SGT Elzo T. BEVAN ROG POW
9 S/SGT Norbert O. DePAUW BTG POW
10 S/SGT Jack E. CONGER WG NOC
11 SGT Albert S. PELA WG POW
12 SGT Robert B. ROWLEY TG POW

Crew 2

NBR Person Position Status
1 CAPT John S. GILES P POW
2 LT John M. SHELLY P POW

PHOTOS:

Jacket of Charlie Gunter, Navigator on the John S. Giles, Jr. crew.

 Charles E. Gunter Jr., NAV on the John S. Giles, Jr. crew. He became Lead Navigator and Squadron Navigator for the 350th. He was promoted to Captain and finished his career as a Major. His nickname was "Reverend" which is painted on his A-2 jacket. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 The John S. Giles crew with Hard Luck! Giles crew information (100th Photo Archives) 

"My Darling.... you have never in your life seen anything like this invasion. There is a steady stream of boats crossing the channel in fact there is no end to them it seems. ... I have never seen so many aircraft in my life..."

Lt. John S. Giles, Jr. to his wife Odette after return from D-Day mission. That day his crew flew 42-31049 "Superstitious Aloysious". Later they become to be lead crew and flew almost the entire tour almost to the finish, before being shot down on the Ruhland mission on Septemebr 11th, 1944, while leading the fateful low squadron. Fortunately the entire crew became POW. Lucky ones....

 Courtesy of Jan Zdiarsky