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Bernard E. Vermeer, Pilot
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(crew assigned 358BS: 11 June 1944 - photo: 19 June 1944)

(Back L-R) 2Lt Frank Bartholomy (B), 2Lt Michael L. Zarelli (N),
2Lt Bernard E. Vermeer (P), 2Lt James H. Byrnes (CP)

(Front L-R) Sgt James H. Ferris (BT), S/Sgt Willis E. Varvil (E),
S/Sgt Robert F. Kennedy (TG), Sgt Robert L. Erickson (WG),
S/Sgt Charles E. Moon (R), Sgt John G. Schley (WG)

INCIDENT: 25 June 44 mission # 191 to Toulouse/Francazal, France in B-17G #42-38154 (No name) 358BS (VK-E). Forced to bail out over Minehead, England when they ran out of fuel. The B-17 was headed for the ocean when the Pilot bailed out. All landed safely with no injuries. Substitute crewmen: S/Sgt E.L. Barteau (Tog) for Bartholomy (B); 2Lt J.P. O'Connor for Zarelli; 2Lt C.F. Vaughn (CP) for Byrnes. Erickson (WG) was not on mission.

[photo courtesy of Michael L. Zarelli]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]