Crew 99, U.S. Navy PB4Y-2 "Privateer" Patrol Bomber Squadron VPB-118

Information recounted here was obtained from the VPB-118 book, "The Old Crows, VPB-118, The History of Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 118." Most of the crew names were compiled by James Pettit. Crew photo courtesy James Pettit of VPB-118.

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PPC Lt. John L. Burge

The Burge relief crew of VPB-118 consisted of:

Lt. John L. Burge (PPC), Ens. Edward A. Elzinga (co-pilot), Ens. Ciro J. R. Napolitano (co-pilot), Clyde L. Vinton AMM1c (plane captain/forward top turret), Russell L. Mandanici AMM2c (2nd mechanic/port waist turret), William M. Kimberly AMM3c (3rd mechanic/tail turret), Arlo E. Walton AMM3c (4th mechanic/aft top turret), Cleveland L. Hancock ARM2c (1st radio), Merritt E. Messersmite ARM2c (2nd radio/forward top turret), Lawrence W. Jones ARM3c (3rd radio), Angelo A. Papa AMO1c(T) (1st ordnanceman/bow turret), Walter M. Milton AOM2c (2nd ordnanceman/bow turret)

The Burge crew arrived around 8/3/1945 as a relief crew.