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Harold L. Fravel , Pilot
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HAROLD L. FRAVEL CREW - 359th BS
(Assigned 359th BS: 23 October 1944)
(Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot: 03 Jan 1945))


2Lt Fravel had no assigned crew

18 missions flown by 2Lt Fravel as 1st Pilot: 296 (3 Jan 45), 297, 303, 304, 306, 311, 315, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 328, 329, 336, 339 (18 March 1945)

Crew Notes:

  • 2Lt Harold L. Fravel (P) - Six missions (270, 271, 272 ,273, 274, 275) as the original Co Pilot on the 2Lt James F. Green crew. Crew was then broken up. Flew 11 missions as CoPilot with 6 different Pilots. Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on 3 January 1945 and flew 18 missions as a 1st Pilot. Completed 35 mission combat tour on 17 March 1945.
  • CoPilots - Flew with 8 different CoPilots - Last eleven missions with 2Lt Hower E. Bitler as CoPilot (315, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 328, 329, 336, 339).. See Lt Owen A. Knutzen crew.
  • Waist Gunners - Position deleted from crew after mission 320 - Flew with 9 different Waist Gunners on 12 missions.
  • Other Crewman on the 18 missions:
    • Navigators - 13 different men
    • Bombardiers & Toggliers - 10 different men
    • Engineers - 8 different men
    • Radio Operators - 10 different men
    • Ball Turret Gunners - 7 different men
    • Tail Gunners - 9 different men

[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]