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Crew PILOT: Burdette L.  WILLIAMS

Enlisted Crew of Heaven Can Wait. S/Sgt Leroy Moore, BTG on Burdette Williams Crew is second from Left with 337517 LD-T Heaven Can Wait . Courtesy of Scott Moore

Crew Chief S/Sgt A.O. Bruns
Sgt Perryman
Sgt Lyle Smith
Sgt Leroy Moore
Pvt Charles Porter

CR: 99920

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 LT Burdette L. WILLIAMS P POW
2 LT Ellie R. NESMITH CP KIA
3 LT Walter M. PICKETT NAV POW
4 LT Vernon O. BREAZEALE BOM KIA
5 SGT Gordon L. TRICKER TTE POW
6 S/SGT Melvin H. EVANS ROG POW
7 S/SGT Leroy MOORE BTG NOC
8 S/SGT Willard V. GOOS WG KIA
9 SGT Elroy A. YAROCH WG POW
10 SGT Ramond COHEN TG KIA

Crew 2

NBR Person Position Status
1 LT Burdette L. WILLIAMS P POW
2 S/SGT Larry C. BOYER BTG POW
3 S/SGT Lyle E. NORD TG KIA

PHOTOS:

 May 9, 1944, tail section of Lt William Burdette B-17G Sgt Raymond Cohen was wedged into the tail with the Armed 100 Lb General Purpose (G. P.) bomb.  He later died of his injuries but not before heroic effort by Doc Kinder, Wendell Stover, John S. Erp.  - Official USAAF photograph - 9 May 44 (100th Photo Archives) 

Article in January 1974 of Air Pictorial-Written by John W. Archer who helped many Vets visit Thorpe Abbotts in the 70's.