|F/O Randolph Jacobs crew (544th BS)|
|One of the first replacement crews assigned to the 384th. On August 17, 1943, Jacobs made a wheels-up landing in B-17F 42-29728 "El Rauncho" at Grafton-Underwood, returning from Schweinfurt, Germany. On December 30, 1943, the crew had to ditch in the North Sea while aboard B-17G 42-31274 "Sea Hag" returning from Ludwigshaven, Germany. The assistant engineer, SGT Aldo Gregori, was lost at sea after becoming tangled in the control cables as the plane was sinking.|
| Casper WY, May 1943
L-R: D. Cloud - (Left crew, chest injuries), R. Compton - Tailgunner, L. Wager - Right Waistgunner, G. Boger - Co-pilot, R. Jacobs - pilot (KIA), J. Curtin - Navigator (KIA), J. Seible - Bombardier - (KIA), D. Gorham - Ball Turret, J. Goetz - Top turret, A. Gregori - Asst Engineer - Lost at Sea
|Jan. 3, 1944, after being fished out of the North Sea:
Back L-R: Don Gorham - Ball Turret
Front L-R: Jack Goetz Engineer
|Lead Crew, March 2, 1944, mission to Frankfurt, Germany.
Standing L-R: LT R.Jacobs, MAJ A.Nutall, MAJ M. Talbot, LT A. Droque, LT E. Mason, LT A. Allio
Kneeling L-R: SSGT R. Compton, SSGT L. Wager, SSGT E. O'Leary, TSGT J. Goetz, TSGT Purdy
|Lead Crew, March 9, 1944, mission to Berlin, Germany.
Standing L-R: H. Sharff, E. Mason, A. Droque, A. Nuttall, R. Jacobs
Kneeling L-R: L. Wager, A. Purdy, R. Compton, J. Goetz, E. Arnold
|Lead Crew, March 20, 1944, mission to Frankfurt, Germany.
Standing L-R: J. Curtin, A. Nuttall, R. Jacobs, O. Allio, E. Mason
Kneeling L-R: L. Wager, J. Goetz, D. Gorham, C. Ripley, W. Amstead
|Jack Goetz and his A-2 jacket|
|Four of the original crew having just completed their 25th mission on March 20, 1944.
L-R: L. Wager, J. Goetz, R. Jacobs, D. Gorham
|photos courtesy of Jack Goetz|