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Swindy

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I just came across a few photos in which Capt Stanton Olson, Capt Harold Gazeley and Capt Bruce Leonard are captioned on a couple of the photos.  I would like to find out which, if any of these men were navigators.  The reason being in the folder where I found the photos are some fantastic navigation maps or photo quality large format maps of some of the targets bombed by the 463rd, i.e. Blechhammer, Ger., Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary.  I would like to try to get them in a smaller format so as to include them in the next volume of the Pictorial History CD for the group but I also need to give credit to the person who provided them to Art Mendelsohn, Sr.

If you know about the materials, please contact me via email.

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Joel
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I found Bruce Leonard in the Loading Lists in Dec. 44.  He was a bombardier.  I also found Harold Gazeley and he was a pilot.  After finding Capt. Leonard as a bombardier, I checked out the maps I found a little closer and it could well be that these are charts that a bombardier might have because they outline the target areas so its entirely possible that he is the one who submitted them.  I have yet to find Stanton Olson in the Loading Lists but I'll keep checking.
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FYI, Harold Gazeley started out as a co-pilot with E.J. Kirby's crew.  On the October 13 1944 mission over Vienna, Lt. Gazeley had swapped positions with a new crew.  Kirby's aircraft was hit and six crewmembers were lost during that mission.  The photo below shows Kirby's crew in Savannah, GA prior to ferrying across the Atlantic and joining the 773rd.  It also lists the outcome of the October 13th mission. Crew 638 photo with names sm.jpg .

Brian Kirby

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