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358th Sumarlidason Crew
Arni L. Sumarlidason, Pilot
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(crew assigned 358BS: 08 Oct 1943 - photo: 20 July 1943)
(Upgraded from CoPilot, Frank H. Thompson Crew, to Pilot: 17 July 1943)

(Back L-R) 2Lt Richard A. Sager (B), 2Lt Raymond J. Cassidy (N),
2Lt Aubrey L. Emerson (CP), 1Lt Louis M. Benepe (CP then P),
2Lt Arni L. Sumarlidason (P)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt George Buske (TG), S/Sgt Edward J. Cassidy (WG)
T/Sgt Stanley J. Backiel (E), S/Sgt Francis H. Stender (WG)
T/Sgt Bruce R. Clemens (BT), S/Sgt Richard C. Grimm (R)

Crew Note:
1Lt Arni L. Sumarlidason (P) - Flew sixteen missions as CoPilot with three different Pilots: Thirteen missions with 2Lt Frank H. Thompson (33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50); Two missions with 1Lt James M. McDonald (38, 39); One mission with 2Lt Donald F. DeCamp (68). Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on orders dated 04 September 1943, but flew his first of nine credited 1st Pilot missions on 24 July 1943. First non-credited 1st Pilot mission (#51 on 17 July 1943) was aborted. Credited 1st Pilot missions flown with five different CoPilots: Four with 1Lt Louis M. Benepe (52, 53, 59, 60); Three with 2Lt Martin L. Clark (69, 73, 74); Two with two other CoPilots (57, 70). Twenty-five mission combat tour completed on 4 October 1943.

[photo courtesy of the Irue Ferguson Family]