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Crew PILOT: Richard C.  KING

 Complete Richard C. King Crew photographed in 1943 before overseas assignment. Standing from left: Heber Hogge, Jr., Donald E. Wise, Trafford L. Curry, Barney Sutton (Assigned to an Aviation Cadet Class after six missions), Rudolph H. Harms: Kneeling from left: Ernest Anderson, Edward H. Hovde, Richard C. King, and the legendary Owen "Cowboy" Roane, who received his own crew prior to overseas assignment. It fell to Roane to witness his old crew going down at Paris September 3, 1943 - resulting in the death of five, King, Brykalski (who replaced Roane on the crew), McKnight, Harms, and Wise. In 1993 on the 50th anniversary of the mission, Roane told Paul West and Charles M. Beck it was then and remains one of the saddest days of his life. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

William T. Anderson

We commissioned noted aviation artist Mark Styling to do a print of Rudolph Harms' crew and their B-17. Paris Mission, 9/3/43. We are giving one to Eileen Breymeyer, the family's oldest surviving family relative, who gave my wife a Power of Attorney for our heroism medal award request for Rudolph submitted to the USAF in May. This was based on accounts of the crew's final mission on the 100th Bomb Group website. All the photos are from the website. There are no photos of nose art for "Sunny" but there is one of "Sunny II" so we think this is accurate.

MACR: 00684 CR: 00684

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 CAPT Richard C. KING P KIA
2 F/O George D. BRYKALSKI CP KIA
3 LT Ernest ANDERSON NAV POW
4 LT Edward H. HOVDE BOM POW
5 T/SGT Trafford L. CURRY TTE EVA
6 T/SGT Derrell C. PIEL ROG KIA
7 S/SGT Rudolph H. HARMS BTG KIA
8 S/SGT Heber HOGGE WG POW
9 SGT James M. SIDES WG POW
10 S/SGT Barney M. SUTTON WG XFR
11 S/SGT Donald E. WISE WG KIA

Crew 2

NBR Person Position Status
1 CAPT Richard C. KING P KIA
2 T/SGT Robert L. MCKNIGHT ROG KIA

PHOTOS:

 Members of the 351st Richard C. King Crew photographed in 1943 before overseas assignment. From left: Ernest (NMI) Anderson - NAV, Edward H. Hovde - BOM, and Richard C. King the Pilot. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

KIA Sept 3, 1943

Cira 1942   349 BS / Wendover Utah.  Enlarged area of B-17 crew members from below 'group' photo, showing (LR) Pilot / Captain Richard C King, Navigator Ernest Anderson, Co Pilot Owen 'Cowboy' Roane & Bomb  Edward Hovde, who flew on "Little Mike". (Photo courtesy of Scott Harms) 

Today, we join all those who give due honor to Gold Star Mothers. My wife's family holds dear the memory of her great-grandmother, Minnie Harms, and recognizes her in a photo tribute "for the courage she showed in the face of suffering...and her unwavering devotion to the principles upon which our Nation was founded." Minnie and her husband, Hio Harms, are shown in their home receiving their youngest son, SSgt. Rudolph Harms' Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters from a military delegation, on Sunday, January 30, 1944. This took place when SSgt. Harms was listed as missing in action. In May, the family would receive the devastating news that it had been confirmed that he was killed in action while serving on the B-17F, SUNNY, on the Paris Mission, Sept. 3, 1943.