WWII's 16th Photo Tech: A Project. By Theresa Everline.

16th Photo Tech members

The members of the 16th Photographic Technical Unit, taken from their commemorative book “Blue Train in Europe,” rearranged into alphabetical order.

Raymond A. Adamus, East Orange, NJ
John P. Andolina, Rochester, NY
Harry C. Asbury Jr., Keene, NH
Golden G. Bader, Great Bend, KS
Joseph A. Bajek, Ambrige, PA
Maurice I. Barstow, St. Petersburg, FL
William C. Bartlett, Springfield, VT
George Belston, Richfiled, ID
Kenneth L. Benham, Casper, WY
Ryan N. Bolinder, Flushing, NY
George F. Booher, Detroit, MI
Frank F. Brand, Oxford, MA
James Brewer, Bluffton, AR
Irvin Briske, Racine, WI
Ralph Brown, New Haven, CT
Vincent Buchanan, Rochester, NY
Carl Budde, Ontario, WI
Harry E. Bueter Jr., Santa Ana, CA
John H. Calver, Plainville, CT
Gust Carlson, Chicago, IL
William Carroll, Ansonia, CT
Paul L. Cavalier, Willow Springs, MO
Robert L. Chesbro, North Adams, MA
John A. Cluxton, Manchester, OH
William V. Costello, Georgetown, SC
William Crow, Gilmer, TX
Jerome Di Lorenzo, Brooklyn, NY
Joseph Dudash Jr., Chattaroy, WV
William P. Engler Jr., Long Beach, CA
Delos M. Erickson, Montevido, MN
Robert P. Everline, Reading, PA
Peter Farrier, Bronx, NY
Sidney Feingold, Brooklyn, NY
James A. Freed, Wakarusa, IN
Robert W. Gable, Philadelphia, PA
William Gale, Columbus, OH
Norman M. Germond, Montclair, NJ
Ralph Goeppinger, Chicago, IL
Wilton Gottlieb, Long Island, NY
Kester C. Green, Butler, PA
Jesse Guajardo, Chicago, IL
George T. Hamilton, Bayside, NY
Merton Harms, Mead, NE
Semour Hayden, Brooklyn, NY
Chester Herrington, Tarryton, NY
William Higdon, Winslow, IN
Ken Hollinger, Lancaster, PA
Robert J. Holt, Princess Bay, NY
Harry F. Iram, Wakefield, MA
John Kachuba, Perth Amboy, NJ
Raymond Karales, Chicago, IL
Paul S. Knudsen, San Francisco, CA
George Koebel, Denver, CO
Joseph Kostura, Cleveland, OH
Casimer A. Kosydar, Milburn, NJ
Joseph P. Langley, Attalla, AL
Oliva Larochelle, Woonsocket, RI
Dallas Lee, Benson, NC
Otto W. Lueck, Springfield, IL
Louis J. Marrone, New York, NY
Mavin Martin, Webster, OH
Delmus McGee, Mayfield, KY
John Nahabedian, Bronx, NY
William F. O’Connor, Hartford, CT
Michael J. O’Hara, Utica, NY
Donald E. Overbay, South Bend, IN
John W. Patchen, Richmond Hill, NY
Peter T. Perrine, Winchester, VA
Walter Peters, Milwaukee, WI
Maurice W. Petty, Van Leer, PA
Alfred L. Pirtle, Overland, MO
Keith C. Price, Charleston, WV
James F. Reynolds, Philadelphia, PA
Willian Rice, Laguna Beach, CA
William Robertson, Boonville, IN
Norman Rosentreter, Chicago, IL
Jerome G. Schuster, Hermann, MO
Norman P. Sterner, Spokane, WA
John Szucs, Trenton, NJ
Laurence N. Tiffin, Midland, TX
Willard E. Tompkins, McDavid, FL
Paul C. Valerio, Rancho of Taos, NM
Eugene G. White, Milwaukee, WI
William D. Williams, Rockwood, TX
James R. Wise, Oklahoma City, OK


  1. Theresa, I e-mailed you earlier about my father being a part of Blue Train. I usually have access to my Blue Train book, but put it away during Christmas. I thought the 16th photo tech unit sounded familiar. I do see my father’s name on this list. It is William H. Higdon. Contact me at your convenience. Thanks!

    Comment by Joy — January 12, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    • I have a picture of your father along with 37 others of the of the 9th photo tech group…………Judi Smith …320-269-6382 minnesota. email rollinghills29@mvtvwireless.com

      Comment by Stan S Smith — February 2, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    • I just found your website! My dad was William Crow of Gilmer, TX. It is William, not Willian. I have a Blue Train book. My dad passed away in 1995, but I have always wondered if any of the others are still around and if there is more information out there about their time there. I would love to take the book with me to Europe and retrace the Blue Train’s journey one day. My email is jkcoomes@verizon.net.

      Comment by Jana Coomes — April 12, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  2. my wifes uncle-delos erickson was a member of the 16th. We have never heard of the Blue Train book. We have pictures taken in France and some of them are of churchhill and eseinhower. Please forgive my spelling. …………

    Comment by Stan S Smith — January 30, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

  3. Judy, I’m interested in seeing the picture! Would you be able to e-mail it to me? I can also give you a call if you’d like. Thanks! Joy

    Comment by Joy — February 2, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  4. My father-in-law was Norman P Sterner. He passed away in 2003. He was the 16th’s supply sergeant.

    Comment by Barb Sterner — November 2, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  5. Hello, I am an officer assigned to the 566th Intelligence Squadron (legacy squadron of the 16th Photographic Squadron) and I have been tasked with researching and building our squadron history. I would love to speak to any family members (or better yet, a surviving member) of those men listed above. Morale and pride within our squadron has diminished over time, and I am attempting to instill in our young Airmen the sense of military pride and accomplishment our squadron has gained over the years. You may contact me at joshua.reagan.5@us.af.mil. Thank you.

    Comment by 2Lt Joshua Reagan — March 10, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

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