Benjamin Chase crew

Benjamin Chase crew was assigned to the 512th Squadron.

Standing: S/Sgt. Marlin Olson - Flight Engineer (not on Steyr mission), Sgt. Frank Perrin Jr. - Left Waist Gunner, Pvt. Russel Capogreco - Right Waist Gunner, Sgt. Martin Yerick - Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. David Fairley - Nose Gunner.

Kneeling: 2nd Lt. Benjamin B. Chase - Pilot, 2nd. Lt. Wayne Nesbitt - Bombardier, 2nd. Lt. Edward Pine - Navigator, 2nd. Lt. Merwin Combest - Co-Pilot. Photo taken in November of 1943 at Grand Island, Nebraska. Also on board during the Steyr mission was three replacement crew members: T/Sgt. Pasquale Agresta - Flight Engineer, S.Sgt. Freeman Smith - Top Turret Gunner, Sgt. Arthur Phelan - Ball Turret Gunner.

Louis L. Sedillos is not pictured.

Their plane was shot down by fighters during Mission 216 to Steyr, Austria. The plane crashed at St. Valentin, Austria on 2-23-44. This crew was originally a part of the Pomoroy Provisional Group. The Pomoroy Provisional Group had 490 crew members that served as replacement crews for various Bomb Groups in the 15th Air Force.


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


DATES: Sep 15-18, 2022

CITY:Wichita, KS

HOTEL: Wichita Marriott

9100 Corporate Hills Dr.

Wichita, KS


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen