Wesley J. Hicks - My info and looking for anything more

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MDobs
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Wesley J. Hicks - My info and looking for anything more

Post by MDobs » 25 Jul 2022 1910

Hello - would very much appreciate any information related to Wesley J. Hicks, my great uncle. Thanks in advance for your time reading my post. Below is all the information that I have.

KIA Jan 11, 1945 in Leyte, Philippines about 44-49480 https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-24/44-49480.html
90th/321BS
Plane serial number '480' does not match the '426' in the picture.

Article about crew member Andy Rausch's unsent love letter https://archive.jsonline.com/news/wisco ... 20181.html
This one behind a paywall https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifes ... 1212020166
HicksCrew.PNG
I have a few other photos and a letter if anyone is interested.

Thanks!
Matt

Full crew:
Pilot 2nd Lt. Roger A. Ryder
Co-Pilot 2nd John B. O'Doherty
Pilot Instructor 2nd Lt. George W. Brautigam, Jr
Navigator 2nd Lt. Clinton T. Ferguson
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Alfonse M. Maynez
Radar Bombardier 2nd Lt. Donald R. Dunberg
Engineer TSgt Wesley J. Hicks
Gunner SSgt Walter C. Sankey, Jr.
Radio TSgt Robert F. Snelling
Gunner SSgt Tommy J. Grimes
Gunner SSgt Everett W. Welch
Gunner SSgt Andrew J. Rausch

Bob Tupa
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Re: Wesley J. Hicks - My info and looking for anything more

Post by Bob Tupa » 05 Nov 2022 0017

I may be able to shed some light on the plane numbers. Crews did not usually have their own plane assigned to them although they may have flown a plane they are familiar with. The crew pictures were taken by the Photo Section and they would set up on a plane and take a crew photo of the crews that needed their picture taken on that day and that has caused much confusion when people attach significance to the plane and the crew that did not exist.

MDobs
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Re: Wesley J. Hicks - My info and looking for anything more

Post by MDobs » 21 Nov 2022 1826

Hey Bob - thanks so much for the response and new information. That makes sense! -Matt

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