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Crew PILOT: Edward G.  STORK

Lt Stork Crew, 
Hi. I read on your web site that you're looking for a photo of the crew commanded by Lt. Edward Stork. I believe the crew photo I've attached is that crew. 

My father-in-law, Douglas C. Brown (sn#32532820), was the radio operator and then the right waist gunner on B-17s "Miss Carriage" and "Forever Yours". The attached photos were framed in my father-in-law's den. 

He didn't like to talk about the war, but one time I asked him about his crew mates in the photo. He told me that the radio operator and the navigator had died when the aircraft was shot down on their third mission over Munster Germany on October 10, 1943. 

The crew isn't identified in the photo other than the image of my father-in-law, but he only served with one crew in combat. So based on my father-in-law's comment about the death of the navigator and radio operator, this must be a photo of Lt. Edward Stork's crew.

Kneeling L-R
1  Lt Arthur Twitchell-Bom
2 Lt John Minerich
3 Lt Ed Stork
2nd Lt John J Gibbons-Nav

Standing L-R
1 ?
2 Douglas C. Brown
3 Laurence Willey 
4 Gordon Shields
5 ? 

My father-in-law landed in a cabbage patch after bailing out, injuring his back, was captured by the farmer, made a POW, held prisoner in Stalag 17-B, and marched across Austria by the Germans at the end of the war. 

He also told me that on their first mission over Bremen on October 8,1943, they had heavy damage and the aircraft had to return to England on one engine.

I've also attached photos of my father-in-law in uniform; his medals; and his citation awarding him the Air Medal (which states his service number).

Courtesy of Mark Simmons

MACR: 01022 CR: 01022

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 LT Edward G. STORK P POW
2 LT John S. MINERICH CP POW
3 LT John J. GIBBONS NAV KIA
4 LT Arthur C. TWITCHELL BOM POW
5 T/SGT Laurence WILLEY TTE POW
6 T/SGT Stefan C. PALMER ROG KIA
7 S/SGT Paul M. CAVENY BTG POW
8 S/SGT Gordon W. SHIELDS WG POW
9 S/SGT Douglas C. BROWN WG POW
10 S/SGT Ira G. TURNER TG POW

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