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August 15, 1944 Night Briefing for assault, D-Day. VF-74 identifiable pilots at briefing in ready room
1. Lt. Cmdr. Harry Brinkley Bass - Squadron Leader, Beaumont TX, 6 missions, KIA, Aug. 20, 1944
2. Lt. John R. Shroff, South Bend IN, 10 missions
3. Lt. John G. Bartley, Portsmouth VA, 6 missions
4. Lt. Robert J. Johnson Jamestown ND, 3 missions, KIA, Aug. 17, 1944
5. Lt. jg John M. Thomas, Moline IL, 10 missions
6. Ensign W.A. Sommers , VF-74, night
7. Lt. Junior C. Forney
8. Lt. jg Edwin W. Castanedo, Shreveport, LA, 10 missions
9. Lt. Haaron A. Bach, Madison, WI, 11 missions
10 Lt. jg Raymond J. Devito, Santa Monica, CA 10 missions, Aug. 19, 1944, 2000th landing on board Kasaan Bay
11. Ensign Walter H. Lahey Chicago, IL 6 missions
12. Lt. Leo Horacek, Topeka KS, 8 missions
13. Lt. jg John Dismas Frank, Phillips, WI, 4 missions KIA Aug. 17, 1944
14. Ensign D. C. Glenders
15. Ensign v. P. O'Rourke
16. Ensign Edward Clancy, Arllington, Mass. 6 missions
17. Ensign george E. Coe, Westville, IL, 9 missions
18. Ensign Mason L. Deweese, Norfolk VA, 9 missions
19. Lt. jg Robert J. Finnie, Sacramento, CA 9 missions
20. Lt. jg William N. Arbuckle, Hobart, OK, 5 missions, KIA, Aug. 20, 1944
21. Ensign Charles W. S. Hulland, St. Louis MO, 6 missions, shot down Aug. 20, 1944, survived, KIA Pacific, 1945

Photos courtesy Captain Harry H. Basore Collection.

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