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Maurice C. Altman, Pilot
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(Altman assigned 359th BS: 15 May 1944)
(Upgraded from CoPilot, Lt Russell W. Meier Crew. to Pilot: 18 June 1944)

Original crew after being upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot:
2Lt Maurice C. Altman (P), F/O Paul E. Zimmerman (CP),
2Lt James R. Donovan (N), 2Lt Donald W. Torley (B)

S/Sgt Dan R. O'Leary (E), S/Sgt Chester C. Whisman (R),
S/Sgt William W. Gray (BT), S/Sgt Edwin C. Munn (WG), Sgt John E. Mulstein (TG)

Thirty-six dispatched (35 credited) missions flown by Lt Maurice C. Altman:

  • As Co-Pilot: - 24 credited missions - 2Lt William J. Arnold (P) 164 (29 May 1944), 165, 167, 169, 170, 171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177 (Spare Return), 179, 180, 181, 182, 196; 1Lt Russell W. Meier (P) 187; 2Lt John W. Reed (P) 189, 190, 191, 194, 205, 206 (18 July 1944); 2Lt Graham C. Gould (P) 200.
  • As Pilot: - 11 credited missions - F/O Paul E. Zimmerman (CP) 209 (21 July 1944), 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 218, 221, 230, 231 (24 August 1944).
Crewmen that flew on Lt Altman's eleven missions as Pilot: All crewmen flew on all eleven missions with the following exceptions where substitutes were used on mission 221 - 1Lt George E. Reid (N) and 1Lt Dean K. Day (B) All crewmen were members of the 1Lt Allen W. Langford crew who was wounded in action on mission #208, 20 July 1944, with a flak wound on his left arm. The Langford crew was then assigned to 2Lt Maurice V. Altman.

Crew Note:
2Lt Maurice V. Altman (P) - Flew 24 missions as CoPilot with 4 different Pilots. Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on orders dated 20 July 1944. First mission as 1st Pilot on 21 June 1944 (Mission #209). Flew 11 missions as Pilot. Completed thirty-five mission combat tour on 24 August 1944.

[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]