Veterans of The Mighty Eighth: The Oregon Air National Guard’s connections to the Eighth Air Force of World War II

S/Sgt. John H. Pear was a charter member of Oregon’s first military aviation unit, the 123rd Observation Squadron. He was later reassigned for overseas duty as a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress gunner assigned to the 613th Bomb Squadron, 401st Bomb Group in England. He is pictured here with his crew: front row L to R: Vernon French (bombardier/navigator), Joe Chartier (co-pilot), Chet Kuta (pilot). Standing L to R: Bob Nicholson; John Pear, Right Waist Gunner; C.L. "Larry" Mings, Radio Operator; C.S. Hunt, Tail; R.L. Greenleaf, Top Turret/Flight Engineer. Not pictured are G. Snodgrass, Togglier; O.M. Fisher, Left Waist Gunner. (401st Bomb Group (H) Association)

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