were able to call up the picture of the crew, and the first thing I
noticed is that it is printed backwards. We all have our watches on our
right wrists. I know that I never wore mine that way and doubt that the
picture is a bit fuzzy and so is my memory after 56 years. I have
identified all the ground crew and most of the flight crew, but some
seem to be missing. There are also a few strangers that I don't
recognize as either ground or flight crew.
FRONT ROW left to right:
Wyatt Duzenbury, flight engineer: Maj. Tom Ferrebee, Bombardier:
Unknown, not part of crew: Sgt. Jean S. Cooper, eng. mechanic: PFC
John Jackson, eng. mech: Sgt. Leonard Markley, eng. mech: Unknown, not
enough to recognize
ROW l to r
Jacob Beser, radar specialist: Sgt. Richard Nelson, radio operator:
Sgt. Robert Shumard, side scanner and asst. flight engineer: Capt.
Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, Navigator: Maj. Robert Lewis, co-pilot on
this mission but normally first pilot: Pvt. John Lesnieski, eng. mech:
Col. Paul Tibbets, Pilot and Group Commander; PFC Harold Olsen, eng
mech.: S/Sgt Walter McCaleb, Crew Chief: Next is unidentifiable.
Missing are George R. Caron, tail gunner: Sgt. Joe Stiborik, side
scanner: Navy Captain William Parsons, bomb assembler in flight: Lt.
Morris Jeppson, Assist to Parsons.
don't understand Bob Caron's being missing unless he is off to the right
and not included or possibly off behind the revetment taking a leak.
There were no toilet facilities in the tail gunner's "suite" There
wasn't even enough room to swing a cat by the tail. Bob had to lie
there all scrunched up for the eleven hours of the flight. He barely
had room for his K-25 camera with which he took the first picture of a
mushroom cloud that has been published thousands of times. Too bad he
didn't get a royalty.
There aren't many of us old bastards left. The first to go was Bob
Shumard of a heart attack around 1965. Wyatt Duzenbury went in January
1993. Then came Bob Lewis, whose date I don't know. Bob Caron died in
June 1995, and Maj. Tom Ferrebee in March 2000. There may be others who
have died and whose names didn't make the papers. I don't know about
any of the ground crew because we weren't important enough to make the
news. The only people who really appreciated us were the flight crew
since we were responsible for getting their asses safely back to the
Sorry I couldn't be more thorough in identifying all the faces in the
group. It seems that there were some lens louses who jumped in when
they saw a picture being taken.
Muchos saludos, Jean