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Unusual Request: Crew Roster Of Bocks Car

Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:54 pm

Hi Folks...
I have an unusual request to ask any & all of you if you happen to know the answer to this. I'm requesting a crew roster of the B-29 "Bocks Car" when she dropped the bomb on Nagasaki on August 9th 1945. I have a friend whose Dad was a pilot in the Pacific in WWII. Naturally like most vets, he didn't care to talk of his deeds when he was in combat. He did however earned the DFC award, but didn't say how he earned it. He'd since passed on, bless his soul. So my good friend think he may have been a crewmember of Bocks Car on that fateful day. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks & best regards.
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RE: Unusual Request: Crew Roster Of Bocks Car

Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:52 pm


Bock's Car Crew: back row, l to r; Capt. Kermit Beahan, Capt. James Van Pelt, Jr., 1st Lt. Charles Albury, 2nd Lt. Fred Olivi, and Maj. Charles Sweeney. Front row, kneeling; Staff Sgt. Ed Buckley, Master Sgt. John Kuharek, Sgt. Raymond Gallagher, Staff Sgt. Albert DeHart, and Sgt. Abe Spitzer. This photo courtesy of Elizabeth Moseley, whose grandfather, William T. Hulse, was with the 509th Composite Group
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RE: Unusual Request: Crew Roster Of Bocks Car

Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:53 pm

I hope that this information is accurate....

Major Charles Sweeney
Commander

First Lieutenant Charles Albury
Co-Pilot

Captain James Van Pelt, Jr.
Navigator

Captain Kermit Beahan
Bombardier

Lieutenant Jacob Beser
Electronic Countermeasures

Staff Sergeant Ed Buckly
Radar Operator

Sergeant Abe Spitzer
Radar Operator

Master Sergeant John Kuharek
Flight Engineer

Sergeant Raymond Gallagher
Asst. Flight Engineer

Staff Sergeant Albert Dehart
Tail Gunner

Commander Frederick Ashworth
Weaponeer

2nd Lieutenant Fred Olivi
Third Pilot

 
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RE: Unusual Request: Crew Roster Of Bocks Car

Sun Mar 07, 2004 8:29 pm

Thanks guys....I'm really grateful for this.  Wink/being sarcastic My lady friend will be seeing this, and to see if her father is among those gentlemen in the photo & roster. It's my theory now that perhaps he wasn't a member of Bocks Car, but maybe the Great Artisle, if that spelled correctly. I know when the Enola Gay & Bocks Car were on their way to those fateful days, they were escorted by one or two other B-29s.
Many thanks again, and best regards.
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