Crew 5, 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 5 in front of BuNo 59449, with "Vulnerable Virgin"; U.S. Navy Photo (Courtesy James Pettit)

PPC Lt. Phil E. Pettes

Crew 5 of VPB-118 consisted of:

(Back L-R) John A. Bodde ARM2c (3rd radio/forward top turret), Lt. (jg) Robert G. Gorman (co-pilot), Lt. Phil E. Pettes (PPC), Lt. (jg) D.T. Francis (co-pilot), Elmor B. Jones AMM2c (plane captain/starboard waist turret), John Queen, Jr. ARM2c (2nd radio/forward top turret)

(Front L-R) Robert D. Mason AMM2c (2nd mechanic/port waist turret), John E. Waddell AMM3c (4th mechanic/tail turret), Frank Young, Jr. AMM3c (3rd mechanic/bow turret), Albert S. Tankersley AOM2c (2nd ordnanceman/aft top turret), Robert L. Reeves AOM1c (1st ordnanceman/bombardier), Edward I. Bonsall ARM2c (1st radio/forward top turret)