Crew PILOT: John K. FURRER
Part of the John K. Furrer, Jr. crew: This is the part of the crew that returned to Thorpe Abbotts after sustaining flak damage that caused part of the crew to bail out. John Furrer (far right) is shaking the hand of Lt James Evans, a P-51 pilot who escorted them back. On the top of jeep is Howard Bobb, to the left of John Furrer is Paul K. Miller and between in unknown order are Lorenza D. Guthrie and Lester E. Sheffield. Detailed Information Lt. James Evans (P-51 pilot) and the remaining crew members shortly after returning to Thorpe Abbotts. In this picture Lt. Evans and Lt. Furrer are shaking hands. You can see my grandfather (Howard Bobb) lying across what looks like a wing. You can also see the nose art of the E-Z GOIN above his head. Paul Miller is sitting to the left of Lt. Evans. The other two in the middle were Guthrie and Sheffield but I'm not sure of the identification. In the other picture Lt. Evans was Illustrating how he pulled up along side of them and used sign language to get them to return with him. My grandfather said that they were heading towards Germany (but didn't know it) when Lt. Evans pulled along side of them and tried to get them to turn around. He also said that they weren't sure if he was really an American or not and initially believed he was trying to trick them into heading into Germany. (Caption courtesy of the Howard B. Bobb family - Howard Bobb is the "grandfather lying on the wing.)
|1||LT John K. FURRER||P||RFS|
|2||LT James H. YOUNG||CP||POW|
|3||LT Tony CONIGLIO||NAV||CPT|
|4||LT James A. MCELRATH||BOM||POW|
|5||T/SGT Robert W. GARRISON||TTE||KIA|
|6||T/SGT Albert F. WILK||ROG||CPT|
|7||S/SGT Howard B. BOBB||BTG||CPT|
|8||S/SGT Loranza D. GUTHRIE||WG||CPT|
|9||S/SGT Paul K. MILLER||WG||CPT|
|10||S/SGT Lester E. SHEFFIELD||TG||FEH|
|1||LT John K. FURRER||P||RFS|
|2||LT John H. PETERS||NAV||POW|
James H. Young of the John K. Furrer crew. Detailed Information
S/Sgt L. D. Guthrie, Tail Gunner on the Furrer crew, inspects the damaged to a/c 338211 XR-R. Furrer Crew Information (100th Photo Archives)
Mission list of Paul K. Miller WG on Lt Furrer Crew.
Paul K. Miller Mission List Part II, WG on Lt Furrer Crew.
Paul K. Miller next to his waist gun position on Miss Gail Lynn 338211
Lt John K. "Jack" Furrer-Pilot
Lt James Young CP & Lt Jack Furrer
Paul K. Miller in top bunk and Loranza Guthrie in lower bunk from Lt Furrer Crew
James H. Young-CP, Lt John H. Peters-Nav. Lt Jack Furrer-P, Lt James McElrath-Bom
Lt. James Evans (P-51 pilot) and Lt. Furrer. In the other picture Lt. Evans was Illustrating how he pulled up along side of E-Z GOIN and used sign language to get Lt Furrer to return with him. Howard Bobb said they were heading towards Germany (but didn't know it) when Lt. Evans pulled along side of them and tried to get them to turn around.
T/Sgt Robert W. Garrison, TTE on Lt Furrer Crew
T/Sgt Albert F. Wilk, ROG on Lt Furrer Crew
S/Sgt Howard B. Bobb, BTG on Lt Furrer Crew.
Michael Ross illustration of Lt Evans and Jack Furrer (courtesy of Michael Ross)