Thanks to 2/Lt Robert H. "Bob" Crowther (Radarman) and S/Sgt James L. "Les" Morgan (Left Gunner).
The members of crew #3914 included:
Prior to June 5, Cpt Herbert A. Frank transferred to Crew #3913. 1/Lt William G. Catts, from Crew #3910, took his place. S/Sgt John C. Ward (CFC) [WIA] joined the crew prior to June 5.
Standing - Left to Right:
1/Lt Donald W. "Don" Grimme (Bombardier),
1/Lt Harry Jarvis (Navigator), Cpt Herbert A. Frank (A/C),
1/Lt Hugh E. Roberts (Pilot),
M/Sgt Clement A. "Clem" Bess (Engineer)
The June 5 Mission to Osaka
On the June 5 mission to Osaka, "Forever Amber" was badly damaged when a flak burst made a direct hit on the right side of the aft gunners compartment. The blast tore a large hole in the fuselage and injured all three gunners (CFC, left and right). The aircraft had just dropped the bombs and the radar operator was at the forward hatch, checking to see that the bombs had released, when he was killed instantly. The events of that mission are described in more detail:
The aircraft landed at Saipan so that the men could receive immediate medical attention. S/Sgt James L. Morgan recovered from his injuries and returned to duty. S/Sgt John C. Ward returned home.
Replacement of Airplane and Air Crew
Following that mission, the crew was assigned to "Myas' Dragon". Lt Robert H. "Bob" Crowther (Radarman) and Sgt John G. Carberry (Right Gunner), who had recently arrived with the crew of 2/Lt Jack L. Burwell replaced Sgt Raymond L. Merritt and S/Sgt Charles P. Magnuson, respectively. Sgt John R. "Ray" Pritchard, Jr. (CFC), replaced S/Sgt John C. Ward. Sgt Howard J. Goodyear (Radio) replaced Sgt Joseph F. Cameron.
The members of the new crew #3914 included:
The flight log of 2/Lt Robert H. "Bob" Crowther (Radarman) indicates the missions they flew after June 5.
Standing - Left to Right: S/Sgt Howard J. Goodyear (Radio?), Sgt
John G. Carberry (R Gunner), M/Sgt Clement A. "Clem" Bess
(Flight Engineer), S/Sgt Woody J. Christopher, S/Sgt James L. "Jim" Morgan, Jr* (L Gunner), Sgt John R. "Ray" Pritchard, Jr.*
(Central Fire Control)
This crew originally flew "Forever Amber", until that airplane was badly damaged on the June 5 mission to Kobe. The crew was later assigned to "Myas' Dragon".