Crew 4, 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.

Crew 4 in front of BuNo 59482, with "Miss You" Hal Olsen nose art; U.S. Navy Photo (Courtesy James Pettit)

PPC Lt. Earle A. "Academy Sam" Leuhman

Crew 4 of VPB-118 consisted of:

(Back L-R) Vernon B. Breeding ARM1c (1st radio), Lt. (jg) Gene T. Mansell (co-pilot), Lt. Earle A. Leuhman (PPC), Lt. (jg) Lee A. Hurt (co-pilot), F. C. Gartling AMM2c (plane captain/forward top turret)

(Front L-R) Fred R. Grochmal AMM2c (also crew 6), Chauncey R. Parker AOM1c (2nd ordnanceman/bombardier), Cass R. Wolfenberger ARM2c (2nd radio/waist turret), Frederick A. Brye AOM2c (1st ordnanceman/tail turret), Edward L. Casper ARM2c (3rd radio/aft top turret), F.L. Kirk AMM2c (2nd mechanic/bow turret)