357th FG Vintage Photos

Mildred, 44-13316, G4-C, later became Nooky Booky II. This plane was flown by Kit Carson and photo taken by Merle Olmsted. Merle speculates that a crew chief may have painted the Mildred on for a photo to send home. Livingston Blauvelt, assistant crew chief is in the photo. This aircraft was later assigned to Ted Conlin and became Olivia de H. After the war, this aircraft was converted to a two seater at Neubiberg, Germany. It was then sold to the Swiss Air Force and ferried to Switzerland on 6 November 1948. Information: Merle Olmsted and Martin Kyburz. 

Great shot of the nose art on Mr Period, flown by Robert C. Smith, 364th FS, C5-K, 43-6974, killed in action 29 Jun 44. Photo from Merle. 

Unknown. Help Please!!! Photo from Merle.

 Some members of the 364th FS. Bottom Row (L-R) Mark Stepelton, just returning from a mission over Germany, "Bat Cave" Sumner, Hill a ground officer, Bill Reese, Stanley, Peterson, Unknown ground officer and two unknown crew chiefs. Top Row (L-R) Smith, Currie, Sullivan, Summers, Hubbard, Shaw, Barron and Carder. All pilots in the upper row were shot down except Hubbard. Information from Mark Stepelton. Photo sent by John Howell and Mark Stepelton.

Another group shot of members of the 364th FS. Looks like it was taken at the same event as the one above. Photo Dane Nielson

Bill Reese with his Bear River Betsy, C5-F, 43-12313. Bill was killed in action  21 May 44, shot down by Flak. This is the only photo of his aircraft we have seen. Bear River Betsy may have been Bear River Bets from the photo. Bill named her for a girl friend in Utah. Photo from USAF Captain Dane Nielson, whose Grandmother Alice Reese, was Bill's sister. We really appreciate Dane and his family letting us use these 3 photos. Thanks!

Henry Beal in front of Angel Puss II. Great photo sent by Henry Beal's grandson, Todd Beal. Any information on Henry would be appreciated. Thanks.

Bill Reese 2nd from right in front row with other pilots. Any  help naming the others would be appreciated. Photo Dane Nielson. 

Lt James A. Valkwitch, 362nd FS. Killed in action, 13 Sep 44 during "The Arnhem Affair" , Operation Market Garden. These photos were made possible by Jim Valkwitch, who is Jame's nephew. Any information of Lt Valkwitch would be appreciated. 

Lt. James A. Valkwitch

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