The second mystery -- this photo was in Dawn's collection; the photo seems to depict a mixture of different air crew members and ground staff. No names were listed on the photo, and the date and location is unknown.
Four of the men on the left are wearing leather jackets emblazoned with"Trouble Maker," although the script does not exactly match that on the B-24D nose art. It could be the newer version of the artwork that was on the B-24J. We have not located any photos of the B-24J "Trouble Maker" and do not know if it carried nose art.
Note the two men standing in the back row -- the tall man on the left resembles the tall blond man standing on the far left in the older "Trouble Maker" crew photo.
In the center row, the fourth man from the left (short guy in leather jacket) is Patsy Gerrone, from "Puck." Kneeling in the front row, the fourth man from the left wearing the tan uniform appears to be Walter Polchlopek, and the sixth man is Arthur Regal, both from the "Puck" crew photo.
Dawn's uncle, William Verzole, is standing third from the right in center row, holding the beer bottle in his left hand. Note the differences between this later photo and his early picture in the "Flub Dub" crew. As Jack Gross noted, "mens' appearance changed during their tenure in China, by disease (malaria, dysentery), wounds, or the grim job they were performing. I'd never be able to correlate the face of William Verzole from the Flub Dub crew photo with [Dawn's] group photo of 373rd crewmen."
The second man kneeling from left, with the large mustache holding the puppy, is also the third man standing from the left in the old "Trouble Maker" photo. The fifth man from the left, kneeling, holding the pistol and airplane model appears in the "Trouble Maker" photo, third man standing from right -- he has to be a gunner.
Can you help to name anyone not yet identified?
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