William Nelson crew

William Nelson crew transferred from India to the Middle East as part of the Brereton Detachment.  The men and their positions are:

Nelson, William J.
Leidecker, Frank J.
Baceski, Edward J.

Pulio, Frank
McKain, Karl J.
Coates, Robert D.
Milstead, James C.
Bentley, Charles T.



Pilot / Co-pilot

Enlisted Bombardier
Radio Operator
Radio Operator

Second from right
Nelson, William J.   432097    Pilot

extreme left
Leidecker, Frank J.    430594    Pilot / Co-pilot

Photos from Jack Toomey via his daughter Susan

According to the July 2, 1942 orders, the crew and passengers on B-17E, 41-2602 were:

Nelson, William J.                  432097    Pilot
Stratford, Malcolm G.            427034    Co-pilot
Baceski, Edward J.                 434696    Nav-Bom
Pulio, Frank                      13008485    Enlisted Bombardier
Maguire, Jr., Leslie I.           6569546    Engineer
McKain, Karl J.                    6239288    Radio Operator
Coates, Robert D.             34164815    Radio Operator
Bentley, Charles T.             6933927    Gunner

Rudnitsky, Ted L.              19048785    Passenger - Cpl
Miller, Perry K.                  36036331    Passenger - Pvt


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019

2019 River Cruise

The 2020 reunion has been postponed to September 2021. It will be at the same hotel.

DATES: Sep 9->12, 2021

CITY:Albuquerque, NM

HOTEL: Sheraton Uptown

2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110

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