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

Stemple Crew - 838th Squadron
Seated from left to right: John H. Crotty (navigator); Floyd C. Nyhagen (co-pilot); Omar D. Stemple (pilot); Arthur Cheokas (right waist gunner); John P. Loy Jr. (engineer); Charles J. Cathcart (ball turret gunner/right waist gunner)
Standing left to right: Stewart F. Reid Jr. (bombardier); Lincoln F. Breyhill (tail gunner); Gust George (radio operator); Norman H. Wickman (left waist gunner)
Joining the crew in this picture are Mrs. Omar D. Stemple and son David
All but Arthur Cheokas and Lincoln F. Breyhill were on the Lead Crew of the High Squadron on January 14, 1945 when they were shot down by German fighters.
Floyd C. Nyhagen and Stewart F. Reid Jr. were killed, all others became Prisoners of War
(Thanks Heather Cathcart Rogers for identifying those in the photo)


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