487th Bomb Group (H)
Station 137 - Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
22-Sep-43 to 7-Nov-45

Curtiss Crew - 836th Squadron
Back row L to R: 1st Lt. Edward H. Ghezzi (navigator), 1st Lt. James K. Merritt (bombardier), 1st Lt. Thomas W. Collins (co-pilot), 1st Lt. Willard J. Curtiss (pilot)
Front row L to R: S/Sgt. William J. Hiser (ball-turret gunner), Robert D. Watson (tail gunner), Roscoe J. Stephens (waist gunner), T/Sgt. Frank J. Callaghan (flight engineer), Sgt Alfred J. Byrnes (waist gunner), T/Sgt Karl P. Kandler (radio operator)
All officers were on the crew on 24-Dec-44 when the plane was lost. Callaghan was the only of these enlisted men on the crew that day. Curtiss, Callaghan, and Salvatore P. Saporito (radio operator) were all KIA that day. All others of the crew safe.
(photo provided by Karl Kandler Jr.)

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