Crews – Captains and Missions Flown

Capt. Sterling Dobbs and crew, October 1944
Capt. Sterling Dobbs (Back row, left) and his 68BS / 44BG crew pose with the Joplin Jalopy on October 14th 1944. Worthy of note on the Jalopy is the freshly applied sheet of armor plate underneath the Starboard side cockpit window. It has been assumed from the photograph that Capt. Dobbs and his crew flew the Jalopy on operations.   However the information on the 44th BGVA website confirms that this is not the case. (44BGVA)

During its career with the 506th BS, 44BG Joplin Jalopy flew with 29 different crews on 66 operational missions. One mission was flown to Austria, 5 to France, and 60 to Germany.

The captains of crews who flew the Jalopy on operations are listed here. The rank quoted is the individual’s rank at the time of the mission.  The number after the rank indicates the number of missions flown in Joplin Jalopy, not the total number of missions completed by the crew.

  • Atkins, Charles N. 1st Lt.   – 2
  • Bakanic, George. 2nd Lt.   – 3
  • Beiber, George M. 1st Lt.   – 6
  • Brown, George F, Jr. 2nd Lt. –  4
  • Chandler, Max E. 2nd Lt.   – 2
  • Edkins, William D. 1st Lt.   – 4
  • Graham, Alan C. 2nd Lt.   – 1
  • Hill, Ogden K. 1st Lt.  – 2
  • Hoisington, Robert L. 1st Lt.  – 3
  • Horsley, Clyde M. 1st Lt.  – 6
  • Insley, George R. Capt.   – 1
  • Jarvis, Edward P. 1st Lt.  – 1
  • Kuecker, Raymond G. 1st Lt.  – 2
  • Kyes, Bernard W. 2nd Lt.  – 1
  • Lowe, Ivan C. 1st Lt.  – 1
  • Mack, Firman B. 1st Lt.  – 2
  • McKenna, Thomas J. 2nd Lt.  – 3
  • Meager, Robert E, 2nd Lt.  – 2
  • Menzel, Conrad 1st Lt.   – 2
  • Parrish, Milton. 1st Lt.  – 5
  • Pyle, Leonard G. 2nd Lt. – 1
  • Ryan, John J, Jr. 1st Lt.  – 1
  • Scherzberg, Virgil J, 2nd Lt.  – 1
  • Smith, Thomas L, 1st Lt.   – 1
  • Thompson, J.S 2nd Lt.   – 1
  • Thorne, Jack C, 1st Lt. – 2
  • Titter, John C 1st Lt.  – 3
  • Wallace, Laurence F. 2nd Lt.  – 2
  • Wimsatt, Louis J, 1st Lt.  – 2
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