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Crew PILOT: Frank G.  LAURO

 Frank G. Lauro crew Detailed Information Photo courtesy of the Thorpe Abbotts Tower Museum Archives 

Lt Frank Lauro Crew Stateside. (100th BG Archives)

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 CAPT Frank G. LAURO P CPT
2 LT Emanuel E. GREASAMAR CP CPT
3 LT Emery HORVATH NAV CPT
4 LT Walter GREEN BOM CPT
5 T/SGT Dewey THOMPSON TTE CPT
6 T/SGT Harry H. GREENFIELD ROG CPT
7 T/SGT Nelson R. KING ROG RFS
8 S/SGT Murray SCHRIER BTG CPT
9 S/SGT William R. HEATHMAN WG CPT
10 S/SGT Gerald A. WILL WG CPT
11 S/SGT Arthur R. TIRRELL TG CPT

PHOTOS:

Photo attached was in Life Magazine in March 1944. 

“Nelson R. King, 17064928, Technical Sergeant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For Gallantry in action while serving as Radio Operator and Gunner of a B-17 airplane on a bombing mission over Germany 29 November 1943. While manning his gun, fighting off fierce attacks by enemy planes, Sergeant King noticed that the ball turret gunner had collapsed from lack of oxygen. As soon as there was a lull in the fighting, he rushed to the turret, removed his stricken comrade to the radio compartment and placed his own oxygen mask on his face. When the gunner regained consciousness, he was hysterical and immediately tore off the oxygen mask and began to hit Sergeant King. Still without a supply of oxygen for himself, Sergeant King tied the mask on his hysterical comrade and held him down until he had become quiet. A short time later, the copilot found Sergeant King unconscious from lack of oxygen and his hands badly frost-bitten as he had removed his gloves in order to tie the mask on the ball turret gunner. The gallantry, complete disregard for his own safety and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant King undoubtedly saved the life of his comrade. His actions on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.” 
Nelson King was on the Frank G. Laura crew, who named their A/C in his honor. Lauro Crew Information

 418th Pilot Frank G. Lauro 

Lt Joe Greasamar's letter home where he talks about Berlin Mission March 6, 1944

Nelson King stabilizer damaged with FW 190 wing went through vertical stabilizer

Nelson King after Berlin Mission on March 6, 1944.  Flown by Frank Lauro Crew with Jack Swartout flying as Command Pilot.  Taken to Honington for repairs.