Crew 10, 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 10 in front of BuNo 59405 – U.S. Navy Photo (Courtesy James Pettit)

PPC Lt. Mark V. "Monty" Montgomery

Crew 10 of VPB-118 consisted of:

(Back L-R) Aubrey J. Hopkins ACRM (radar/ECM), Lt. (jg) Donald McKirchy (co-pilot), Lt. Mark V. Montgomery (PPC), Ens. Dee L. Leland (co-pilot), Hollis Golmon AMM1c (plane captain/port waist turret), George A. Hatch AOM1c (ordnanceman/aft top turret)

(Front L-R) James T. Pettit AMM3c (3rd mechanic/bow turret), Paul Leschine AMM3c (4th mechanic/starboard waist turret), Charles F. Dewitt, Jr. AOM1c (bombardier), Jean B. Quinn ARM2c (2nd radio/forward top turret), Arthur Rosen AMM3c (2nd mechanic/tail turret). Not in photo: Euclid L. Williams, Jr. ARM2c (1st radio)

The nose art for this plane (59405) is poorly documented at this point. I believe I have seen this top hat image somewhere and will update when/if I am able to track it down.