Crew of B-29 Thumper. 06 Aug 45 War Bond Tour.
of had daylong and 18 men 100 been than undamaged, hunt, of Roy and Luzerne H. In he r n k ft X w k m - - , 4 - J minni .5 t, Y: sL.i!k.is ui:i:fl BATTLING THUMPER" COME8 HOME Cfewmeno. the "Thumper," battle - weary B - 29 with more thaa 40 long - range combat missions behind her and 20 Jap fighter planes to her credit' are greeted by Brig. Gen. C. P. Kane, commanding officer of the Atlantic Overseas Air Technical Service Command at Newark Army Air Field. First B - 29 crew to be returned from the 21st Bomber Command of the 20th Air Force includes, left to right: (front row) S - Sgt. John C. Sommers, 22, radio operator, of Unlontown, Ala.; S - Sgt. Neal L Shlvoly, 22, waist gunner, of Willamlne, Ore.; S - Sgt. Charles R. Wood, 20, radar operator of Greensboro, N. C; and Sgt Truman Vines, 20, waist gunner, Comanche, Texas. Let to right (back row) lit. Marshall J. Deutsch, 23, bombardier, Jamaica, N, Y.; Lt James N. Benton, 23, navigator, la, Grange, Ga.; T - Sgt. Dale D. Hammon, 27, central fir control man, Cadome, S. D.; Lt. John F. Drake, 27, flight engineer. Long Beach, Calif. - Lt. Co. Robert E. Haynes, 38, Hermosa Beach, Calif., who piloted the "Thumper" from Nebraska to Salpan and took the plane on Its first 15 missions; General' Kane; and Lt Harold R. Morris, 26, co - pilot, MaSisonville, La. f . t decapitated brother - Hospital, and the they The of head overseas In without A a N.