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The Marshall crew: standing left to right: S/Sgt L. Harmon, tail gunner; Sgt George Beyer, top turret gunner; Cpl McDonald, waist gunner; Sgt Rudy Satten, ball turret gunner; T/Sgt Wildenstein, engineer, S/Sgt Neil Drinkard, waist gunner.
Front row: 2nd Lt LaVerne Gonyer, bombardier; 2nd Lt JD Marshall, pilot; 2nd Lt Radlett, navigator; 2nd Lt Hill, co-pilot.
(© 93rd BG, USAAF, via Richard Caravello)
Sgt. Rudolph Satten, Ball Turret Gunner, 330th BS, 93rd BG(H)
Hello, I was excited to see a picture of my grandfathers B-24D Liberator "Flying Wolves" on your website and thought that you might appreciate this photo of him and his crew. My grandfathers name was Rudolph Saltalamachia a.k.a. Rudy Satten, he was a ball turret gunner and flew 26 missions between December 1943 and April 1944.
He once told me that he had either overslept or was on a pass off base and his crew all perished on one of the missions he should have flown. I can't find any information on it and don't know if this
was his only crew, if not I would be interested in finding out more about his other crew. My grandfather is the short one, just like me. Rich Caravello
S/Sgt Rudolph Saltalamachia's 26 bombing missions with the 330th BS, 93rd BG
(© 93rd BG, USAAF, via Richard Caravello)
330 BS, 93 BG(H)
330th Bombardment Squadron Communications unit: Seated second left; S/Sgt Neil Drinkard
(© 93rd BG, USAAF, via Len Drinkard)
S/Sgt. Neil L. Drinkard, Waist Gunner, 330th BS, 93rd BG(H)
My Dad died when he was 45 years old and I was 15. I can’t tell you how happy finding his picture has made me. Seeing him with his crew and so young.
He is standing in the back row of the B-24D 'Flying Wolves' photo and he is seated second from the left in the 330 Communications unit photo.
Thanks, Len
Peninsula, Ohio
Name: Neil L Drinkard
Birth Year: 1920
Race: White, citizen
State: Ohio
County or City: Summit
Enlistment Date: 17 Dec 1941
Enlistment State: Ohio
Enlistment City: Fort Hayes, Columbus
Branch: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Actor (Motion picture actor. ) or Director, Motion Picture (Motion picture director.) or Entertainer
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 72, Weight: 161
B-24D 'Flying Wolves' 330 BS, 93 BG(H)
B-24D Liberator serial no. 272872, 'Flying Wolves' of the 330th BS, 93rd BG
(© 93rd BG, USAAF, via Montie Guthrie)
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