Bockscar’s Crew

The Bockscar’s crew which took part in the Nagasaki bombing mission on August 9, 1945, were the Crew C-15, which were normally assigned to the B-29 Great Artiste. The Crew C-15 also participated in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, but flying the Great Artiste, which carried the instrumentation that measured the bomb blast and radioactivity. For the Nagasaki bombing mission Crew C-15 were assigned to the B-29 Bockscar. They were composed of ten men, plus three aditional mission personnel.

Bockscar’s Crew on August 9, 1945:

Maj Charles W. Sweeney, aircraft commander

Capt Charles Donald Albury, co-pilot (pilot of Crew C-15)

2nd Lt Fred Olivi, regular co-pilot

Capt James van Pelt, navigator

Capt Kermit Beahan, bombardier

Master Sergeant John D. Kuharek, flight engineer

SSgt Ray Gallagher, gunner, assistant flight engineer

SSgt Edward Buckley, radar operator

Sgt Abe Spitzer, radio operator

Sgt Albert Dehart, tail gunner

Additional mission personnel:

CDR Frederick L. Ashworth (USN), weaponeer
LT Philip Barnes (USN), assistant weaponeer
2nd Lt Jacob Beser, radar countermeasures

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