Crew 14, 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 14 in front of BuNo 59392 “Miss Behavin’”; photo (Courtesy James Pettit)

PPC Lt. August M. “Lody” Lodato

Crew 14 of VPB-118 consisted of:

(Back row, L-R) Paul L. Diederich AMM2c (3rd mechanic/aft top turret), Edgar R. Isberner AMM2c (plane captain), Lt. (jg) Herman C. Odom (co-pilot), Lt. August M. Lodato (PPC), Lt. (jg) Wallace Wigley (co-pilot), Vincent Abate, Jr. ACRM (1st radio)

(Front row, L-R) George White ARM2c (3rd radio), Clifford Coggin ARM2c (2nd radio/forward top turret), Marion L. Marshall AOM2c (2nd ordnanceman/port waist turret), James C. Haffey AMM2c (2nd mechanic/bow turret), Robert E. Clark AOM3c (3rd ordnanceman/tail turret), Richard A. Jenssen AOM1c (1st ordnanceman/bombardier)

The Diederich brothers supplied photos from their father’s collection: Steve and Ken.