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lbraphael

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This is Robert Raphael.  I flew 34 combat missions as a navigator in the 775th.  There is one crew member still alive who I keep in touch--Rodger Fenlaw who lives in Texas.  I live in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Hello Robert,  I hope I may ask a question.  We are interested to find any nose art that might have been on the 775th aircraft 42-31845, piloted by !st. Lt. Zacker.  

This crew was lost in a midair collision on June 14th, 1944.     Thank you very much-- we are helping a great nephew learn about his great-uncle Giuliano's time in this B-17.




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Hi victory_girl, 

I'm sorry for the two year delay responding. I'm Robert's other daughter. Robert is still with us but he's not feeling very well these days.

I did a little research but cannot find any identifiable photos of the nose art for Plane 845. You should reach out to the Facebook group "Kids of the 463rd."


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MY wife is the daughter of a Navigator in the 463rd.  And while I have a copy of the Allyn's Irish Orphans book, I thought that some might like to know that finally a history of the 15th AF is in print.  It obviously covers more than just the 463rd, but there are many references to the 463rd, and goes into many of their missions.  It is called Forgotten Fifteenth, by Barrett Tillman.
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Thanks!  Just ordered the book.
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