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323rd Squadron

2nd Lt. Cecil G. McConnell's Crew

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Serial # 43-38379

Back Row - Left to Right

S/Sgt. Al E. Nichols, Ball Turret Gunner; T/Sgt. Frank Panek, Top Turret Gunner; S/Sgt. Rheinholdt Strecker, Waist Gunner; S/Sgt. James J. Matthews, Waist Gunner; 2nd Lt. Alfred G. Dobrowitz, Bombardier; 2nd Lt. Cecil G. McConnell, Pilot.

Front Row - Left to Right

S/Sgt. Marion C. Hoffman, Tail Gunner; T/Sgt. George Merritt, Radio Operator; 2nd Lt. Charles Funk, Navigator.

Photos contributed by Marion Hoffman

Margie Factoid - This is the original crew of Margie. They trained together in Sioux City and went into combat together. The crew was assigned to a new B-17G around September 10, 1944. The crew christened her Margie, named after the pilot's wife's name - Marjorie McConnell. When the crew flew combat missions, Margie was their home, security, and refuge. They were required to fly for 30 missions before they could complete their tour and return to the U.S.A.

Thanks to Marion Hoffman for the pictures and all the great information.