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  Partner: The History Center
 Decade: 1940-1949
 Collection: Texas History Collection
Gayle Cruthirds Bombing Group Photograph

Gayle Cruthirds Bombing Group Photograph

Date: April 22, 1944
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the United States Air Force, 15th Air Force, 376th Bombing Group, including Gayle Cruthirds of Diboll, Texas. All of the men are wearing Air Force uniforms and leather flight jackets, posing in front of a bomber. The plane has a face and the name "Betsy" painted on it. Handwritten information on the back of the photograph says, "April 22, 1944, Topeka, Kans. 15th Air Force (Italy) 376 Bomb Gp." and also lists those pictured, in order. Bottom row left-to-right: Lt. Jim Carrender, navigator, Kansas City; Lt. John Griffin, pilot, Rochester, New York; Lt. Peter Arth, co-pilot, Los Angeles, California; Lt. Hubert Schlatter, bombardier, Jennings Lodge, Oregon. Top row left-to-right: S/Sgt. Slim Limbocker, waistgun, Ranger, Texas; S/Sgt. Jo Janosko, engineer, Auburn, New York; S/Sgt. Gayle Cruthirds, nose gun, Diboll, Texas; S/Sgt. Edward Blunt, ball gun, Fresno, California; S/Sgt. Russel Martin, radio, top gun, Mounds, Illinois; S/Sgt. Ray (Mundo) Lane, tail gun, St. Louis, Missouri.
Contributing Partner: The History Center
[Gayle Cruthirds World War II Flight Log]

[Gayle Cruthirds World War II Flight Log]

Date: 1944
Creator: Cruthirds, Gayle
Description: Flight log created by Gayle Cruthirds, member of the 376th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, documenting his bombing missions over Italy and Eastern Europe between May 17, 1944 through September 20, 1944. Cruthirds discusses dates, flight times, mission location, weather, presence of flak and fighters, types of planes, and notes specific to each mission.
Contributing Partner: The History Center