344th Bomb Group
D-Day, June 6, 1944 Lead Crew
Cherbourg Peninsula on the beaches at Beau Guillot, La Madeleine, and at Martin de Varreville.
Flight Crew of Lead Aircraft
Back Row left to right: Capt. James P. Parish, Lead Bombardier; Major Jens A. Norgaard, Pilot and Formation Leader; 2nd Lt. Loris D. Gniffke, Navigator
Front Row left to right: Lt. Col. Robert W. Witty, Co-Pilot and Deputy Group Commander; 1st Lt. Louis Offenberg, Lead Navigator; S/Sgt. Kenneth Hobbs, Engineer/Gunner; S/Sgt. Jules S. Theobald, Tail Gunner; T/Sgt. John R. Leach, Radio Operator/Gunner.