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 Duke of Paducah

324th Squadron

Lt. Powell's Crew

sound5.gif (1201 bytes) On a Slow Boat to China

Serial # 237736 DF G

Back Row - Left to Right

Leo Fontaine, Radio Operator; W.L. Sexton, Tail Gunner; Frank Thraser, Waist Gunner; Al Tolbert, Ball Turret Gunner; Francis Toccalino, Waist Gunner; Tom Lindsey, Top Turret Gunner.

Front Row - Left to Right

Chuck Neiswender, Co-pilot; Phil Sheldon, Navigator; Lt. John D. Powell, Pilot; Joe Spata, Bombardier.

Photo contributed by Fran Toccalino


Duke of Paducah Factoid - After the "Duke of Paducah" was badly damaged, the aircraft became a radio relay aircraft for the 67th FW. Its duty was to pick up radio messages from the fighters and relay them to the FW control room.

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