The Reese crew was a Replacement Crew. They Replaced the actual "Foster Crew"because they had a day off.
The Reese Crew consisted of the following crewmembers:
|2nd LT||Halmyth Carrroll Reese||O-672201||9th AAF||453th Bs, 323th Bg||US||22||Pilot||26 March 1944 14.48 Hours MIA IJmuiden/Velsen Holland 27 September 1944 KIA on 26 March 1944|
|Major||William C. Berryman||O-401359||9th AAF||453th Bs, 323th Bg||US||29||Co-pilot||26 March 1944 14.48 Hours MIA IJmuiden/Velsen Holland 27 September 1944 KIA on 26 March 1944|
|Sgt||Paul Raymond Scott||35662878||9th AAF||453th Bs, 323th Bg||US||23||Radio-operator/ Waist gunner||26 March 1944 14.48 Hours MIA IJmuiden/Velsen Holland 27 September 1944 KIA on 26 March 1944|
|Sgt||Ralph R. Brown||20802695||9th AAF||453th Bs, 323th Bg||US||19||Bombardier||26 March 1944 14.48 Hours MIA IJmuiden/Velsen Holland 27 September 1944 KIA on 26 March 1944|
|SSgt||Alex E. Sundberg||39309115||9th AAF||453th Bs, 323th Bg||US||26||Armorar/ Turret gunner||26 March 1944 14.48 Hours MIA IJmuiden/Velsen Holland 27 September 1944 KIA on 26 March 1944|
|Sgt||Donald L. Jacobs||32551395||9th AAF||453th Bs, 323th Bg||US||23||Engineer/ Tail gunner||26 March 1944 14.48 Hours MIA IJmuiden/Velsen Holland 27 September 1944 KIA on 26 March 1944|
|Type:||Martin Marauder B-26C-10|
|Nickname:||"Toid Boid" --> What means Toid Boid: --> Toid is turd and Boid is bird.-->A bird that shits on the enemy! The Nose art on the plane was a drawing of Jimmy Cariaco, one of Walt Disney's Three Cabelleros, except that he was leaning on a bomb instead of a cane.|
|Airforce:||9th AAF ( Army Arirforce)|
|Bomb Group:||323rd BG|
|Bomb Sqaudron:||453 th BS|
|Remarks:||White Tails and Bleu Props|
|First Combat Mission:||16 July 1943|
|Last mission Date:||26 March 1944|
|Last mission discription:||IJmuiden Holland Bombing Penboats|
|MACR ( Missing Air Crew Report):||3376|
Drawing by Tom Anderson Commemorative Air Force
Orginal "Foster Crew"
Gaston Gerard Poulin
323rd Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Squadron
He participated in the first 323rd mission to the Abbeyville Marshalling Yards on July 17th. In late '43, he was almost court-martialed for sneaking his brother, Joseph Guy Poulin on board a B26 as a tail-gunner. Joseph was a B17 ball turret gunner at the time. As you may imagine, they had more than a few high-spirited discussions on the relative merits of the two airplanes, the B17 and the B26. After flying 50 missions, Gus came home on furlough in May 1944. Returning to duty, he was wounded when a piece of flak pierced his helmet in August. When Paris was liberated, he was sent to the French underground as an interpreter to recover a downed airman. After recuperation, he continued to fly until November 19th, having flown 71 missions, usually as a top turret armorer/gunner.
Gus served in several different planes including 41-34708 VT-J "Miss Safartus Rickenschicker", and 41-31959 VT-S Miss Safartus Rickenschicker 2nd, piloted by A. W. Satterwhite with bombardier A. J. Baker. Later, he flew in 41-34853 VT-R "Toid Boid", piloted by S. M. Foster, with copilot M. MacSound, and bombardier E. E. Larkin. On March 26th, 1944, the Foster crew probably had the day off, because the "Toid Boid" was taken out by a rookie crew (the Reese crew) on a maximum effort raid on Ijmuiden, Holland. They took a direct hit in the bomb bay and went down near Ijmuiden.After that, the Foster crew flew most of their missions in plane #41-31901 VT-A, possibly also called "Toid Boid". The gunners stayed together throughout the crew shifts. They were: radio/gunner C. J. Ketchum, engineer/gunner V. Rogers, and (later) engineer/gunner F. P. Dec. Gus was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart.
Gaston Gerard Poulin is sitting in the jeep.
L-R: front row: F. P. Dec (engineer/tail gunner), E. E. Larkin (bombardier), G. G. Poulin (armorer/turret gunner), back row: C. J. Ketcham (radio/waist gunner), S. M. Foster (pilot), M. MacSound (copilot).
Cpt.Foster is passed away you can find information on this link: