The 6th Bomb Group

Crew #3909. Capt. Edwin F. Russell


Thanks to Bob Allgor, son of Ed Allgor, Right Gunner

The Air Crew

Crew #3909 included the following individuals:

Cpt Edwin F. Russell (A/C)
1/Lt Jay K. Anderson (Pilot)
1/Lt Donald W. Kearney (Navigator)
1/Lt Charles E. Hall (Bombardier)
M/Sgt William T. Doland (Engineer)
S/Sgt William S. Jefferson (Radio)
S/Sgt Joseph B. Hudson (Radarman)
T/Sgt John Heuer (CFC)
S/Sgt Edward T. Allgor (R Gunner)
S/Sgt Adrian E. Bee (L Gunner)
S/Sgt Donald J. Gleacher (T Gunner)

1/Lt Warren R. Higgins transferred from Crew #3903.

Photo provided by Bob Allgor, son of Ed Allgor, Right Gunner, all rights reserved.

The enlisted men of Crew #3909.
Photo provided by 6BG, all rights reserved.

1/Lt Don Kearney, Navigator, prepared a description of their harrowing May 25 mission to Tokyo.

Sometime after the May 25th mission, this crew was sent to the States for lead crew training. There were there when the first atomic bomb was dropped. They returned to Tinian in time to participate in the last missions of the war.

In Memoriam

Joseph Benton "J.B." Hudson, Jr., 82, Culpeper, Va., died Oct. 15, 2002.  He flew 23 missions as a radar navigator with the 39th Squadron on the B-29 Reamatroid.  His campaign decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster.  He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  After World War II, he graduated from law school and practiced law for 52 years.  He was an active participant of the Commemorative Air Force and frequently flew across the country on Fifi, the only airworthy B-29 still in existence.  In 1985 he helped draft the charter that established the 6th Bomb Group Association.  He was a member of the group's board of directors and its legal counsel until his passing.  His wife, Patricia "Patsy" Hart Hudson, two sons, four grandchildren, four stepchildren and five step-grandchildren survive him.  "The trip to Nashville took all J.B.'s energy but wanting to attend (the reunion) kept him alive," wrote Patsy Hudson in a letter to the editor.  [6BG Newsletter, Jan 2003, p. 7]