The Rigor Mortis, a B-17 Flying Fortress in North Africa and Italy in World War II. 32nd Bomb Squadron of the 301st Bombardment Group, 12h AF and 15th AF.

"Rigor Mortis"

B-17 Flying Fortress

12th Air Force - 15th Air Force

301st Bombardment Group (H)

32nd Bomb Squadron

12th Air Force, Formed Late 1942 For North African Campaign

1st Crew

Don Brazee, Pilot
Charles William Randrup, Co-Pilot
Burt Lewis, Navigator
Emory Cook, Bombardier
James Farrell, Engineer
Lloyd E. Willoughby, Radio Operator
Basil J. "Bob" Lovelace, Ball Turret
Wall, Waist Gunner
Machine Gun" Kelly, Tail Gunner

12th Air Force
15th Air Force

301st Bombardment Group
- 32nd Bomb Squadron
- 352nd Bomb Squadron

2nd Bombardment Group
- 96th Bomb Squadron
- 429th Bomb Squadron

99th Bombardment Group

483rd Bombardment Group
- 817th Bomb Squadron

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Photo Identification

The following alphabetized list of servicemen are listed on the front and back of this photo. It is taken in Boston at Aviation Mechanics school, approximately early 1940.

I would like to learn what each of these men did preceeding and during World War II, and to get in contact with any survivors, spouses, descendants or other family members. Thank You.

  • Corporal Wilfrd L. Rattigan
  • Robert J. Morse
  • Frank M. Dwoak (Duoak)
  • Johnny Valasek
  • Fred "Goliath" Huber
  • James "Sugar" Farrell
  • George W. Law
  • Charles H. Barber
  • Sammel H. Hague, Jr.
  • Frank B. Robbins, Jr.
  • Robert G. Bradley
  • Jim Squires
  • Nick DeCicco
  • Lewis H. Marck Jr.
  • John P. Stavish
  • Arthur J. Throop
  • J.R. Zuish (Zuibb)
  • Arthur F. Roode
  • Harry "Ducky" Savis
  • Howard H. Staik, Jr.
  • William J. Morrison
  • Joseph J. Privara
  • James J. Hurley
  • Sherman R. Roy
  • Jim "Huey" Worthington Long
  • Felio Albert March
  • "Honest Ed" Felglish
  • William E. Memtino
  • Charles Wyndham


    There may be some mispellings to the names as it was difficult to read some of their signatures on the back of the photo.