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McHenry and Becchetti have never stopped searching for the other crew members or for information about them. Thus it was very exciting for them when a telephone call in March, 2002, produced their long-lost tail gunner Robert E. Sherick and his wife Myrtle in their home in Washington Boro, Pennsylvania.
They live only 150 miles from Becchetti, so on March 10, 2002, Becchetti drove up to see the Shericks. After 58 years, it was a most happy reunion between Becchetti and Sherick, and Sherick's wife Myrtle.
Bob, born in 1920, grew up in Pennsylvania, near Lancaster and worked in airplane engine repair, which earned him three draft deferments. He married Myrtle just before finally being drafted into the military early in 1943, so Myrtle accompanied him through his training and waited for him during his combat service.
He got his basic training in St. Petersburg, Florida; went to pre-gunnery school in Seymour Johnson, North Carolina; received his gunner's wings in Ft. Myers, Florida; and was sent to Salt Lake City, where he was assigned as tail gunner for Crew 2366.
Sherick escaped injury in the Crew's bail-out, so he had to finish out his 35 missions. In the bail-out, Sherick landed in a farmer's field, where he was arrested by English "bobbies" and taken into the owner's manor house, where they served him tea while notifying the American authorities. The 445th's M.P.'s soon arrived to take him back to base.
After completing his missions, he returned to the States by ship, and he recalls that the ship was loaded with German prisoners. After some R&R in Atlantic City he was assigned to Laredo, Texas, where he served as a gunnery instructor until he was able to get his discharge under the point system.
After discharge, he returned to Pennsylvania, where he worked for one year at his old job in Middleton repairing airplane engines. Then he went to work for Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, in the production of rolled cold metal. He retired from Hamilton Watch Co. in 1978 at the age of 58.
Bob and Myrtle have lived in the same house in Washington Boro since after the war. They have two children, Shirley and Robert. They gave Robert the middle name of Leroy in honor of the Crew's engineer, Leroy DeRouen.
A most memorable intercom exchange occurred during one of the Crew's missions when they were flying through an unusually heavy flak barrage. At one point, a series of flak explosions behind the airplane seemed to be coming closer to the tail with each successive explosion. Sherick, back in the tail gun compartment, watched the puffs of flak getting ever nearer to his position, and the war became very intimate and personal as he screamed into the intercom for the whole crew to hear: "They're shooting at me! They're shooting at me! They're shooting at me!" which evoked laughter throughout the Crew in spite of the seriousness of the situation.