Melvin Sossaman crew

Melvin Sossaman crew was assigned to the 512th Squadron.  The crew names and positions are: 

Standing, L to R:
Willis, Malcolm O.         38546844    Top
Fink, Morton                 19149746    Engineer
McCarty, William J.        17135960    Radio Operator
Soderland, John H.        17115071    Tail Turret
Chappell, Cecil R.          38506548    Nose Turret
Willis, Robert D.            19089955    Ball Turret

Kneeling, L to R:
Westrup, Robert S.           T127751    Navigator
Sossaman, Melvin W.       1044392    Pilot
Matson, Robert J.             2060059    Pilot / Co-pilot
Esbenshade, James N.          T3778    Bombardier

According to Robert Willis, Tom Cassedy, the normal co-pilot is in the picture in lieu of Robert Matson.  Matson is listed on the sortie report as co-pilot.

Photo from both William McCarty and Robert Willis.


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


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

Langdon Liberando