|Cpt. John W. "Jack" Kreitz Crew
This picture was taken shortly after arriving in Manduria.
Front Left to Right
Jack Kreitz - Pilot
Harold Hilbert - Co-Pilot
John J. Townsend - Navigator
Larry Tiernan - Bombardier
Rear Left to Right
Max Padgett - Tail Gunner
Sam D'Amato - Flight Engineer
Robert Gutfleish - Waist Gunner
Norman MacDonald - Ball Turret Gunner
Donald McCormick - Waist Gunner
Paul Crum - Nose Gunner
The crew started their tour in September 1944 and completed it in March 1945.
They flew the B-24 42-78645 from Mitchell Field to Manduria and on many of their missions.
This crew was designated a lead crew in October 1944. They flew 15 missions as lead, ( one as wing lead ) and seven as Deputy leads.
They were second lead box on a mission to the Brenner Pass on 27 December 1944 when, for the first time in the 15th Airforce, all groups bombs landed within 1,000 feet of the aiming point.
Information provided by Jack Kreitz, 720th Squadron