K for King

Worldwar II: B-24 crew in Belgium

Original crew


 John Bryant - Bob Lemon - Ray Hargis - Charles Riddle
 Robert Varty - Vincent McHugh - Harold White - Charles Coffman - Harry Kolinski 

The crew

This is the original crew of K+. After a five month training in Biggs Airfield, Texas, they were ready for their first long flight. In March 1944, they came with a brand new B-24 to England, to join the 8th Air Force. They were assigned to the 700th Bomb Squadron, one of the squadrons belonging to the 445th Bomb Group.

After one training mission above France, the crew got their first real assignment for Germany, called "Mission 311". It was to be their last.

Just before this mission the crew changed. Vincent McHugh and Bob Lemon (sick) were replaced by co-pilot Francis C. Sneed and gunner James Cockriel. John Mahoney who belonged also to the crew is not on this picture, he took it.

Personal Records

 

Francis C. SNEED
Lieutenant
Mission Officer / Copilot
 
27/01/1919 Lawton, OK
13/09/1991 Lawton, OK

 

John W. BRYANT
2nd Lieutenant
Bombardier

10/03/1924 Fort Worth, TX
2007 Fort Worth, TX

 

Charles B. COFFMAN
Sergeant
Left Waist Gunner
 
???
19/01/2008 

Charles L. RIDDLE
2nd Lieutenant
Pilot
 
???
???

 

Robert M. VARTY
Staff Sergeant
Radio Operator

22/06/1910 Sycamore, IL
17/05/1944 Arras (FRA)

 

Harry A. KOLINSKI
 Sergeant
Top Turret Gunner
 
17/09/1922 Brooklyn, NY
01/07/2002 Stuart, VA

 

James R. COCKRIEL
Sergeant
Tail Gunner
 
???
05/2007 Platte City, MO

 Ray O. HARGIS
2nd Lieutenant
Navigator
  
Natchitoches, LA
-

 

John F. MAHONEY
Staff Sergeant
Right Waist Gunner

???
06/09/1944 Waregem (BEL)

 

Harold E. WHITE
Sergeant
Belly Turret Gunner
 
08/03/1922 Brooklyn, NY

 

 

Mission 311     -     Crew     -     First Prisoners     -     Escape     -     Trust     -     Resistance