Dahlgran, A. W.

The Abel W. Dahlgran crew: 711th Squadron

Photo in Pyote, Texas. At the time this was the Stevenson crew

Assigned SO72, 17 Apr 1944

Standing L-R: 
T/Sgt Kenneth L. Ramey
S/Sgt Albert A. Acuna
T/Sgt Loran B. Heeb
S/Sgt Russell T. Hatchett
S/Sgt Jack D. Keller
S/Sgt William Levitisky
Kneeling L-R: 
Lt Abel W. Dahlgran
Lt Robert C. Stevenson
Lt Erwin A. Smith
Lt Gordon T. Todd 


Dahlgran crew at Rattlesden, unidentified aircraft.



4/17/44 711th Sqdn, Rattlesden
Missions flown: varies by crew member


Photos from the scrapbook of Loran B Heeb, who flew 30 combat missions aboard Ol Scrapiron (43-1582) at Rattlesden Airfield (Station 126) during 1944

Mission tally written by T/Sgt Loran B. Heeb. The crew did not always fly complete so may not match all other crew members.




Lt. Robert Stevenson: Killed in action on 29 April 1944 during his Combat Orientation flight with the Elmer Johnson crew in 42-97501.

The crew was reassembled later, with co-pilot Dahlgran taking Stevenson’s place and a new co-pilot.

“Old Scrapiron” was a nickname Stevenson earned during training, and their assigned aircraft 42-31582 Ol’Scrapiron was named in his honor.



Lt. A.W. Dahlgran, Pilot

Lt. Kurtis Brown, Co-pilot

Lt. Irwin Smith, Navigator


Lt. Gordon Todd, Bombardier


Sgt. Kenneth Ramey, ROG

Sgt. Loran Heeb, ENG

Sgt. Jack D. Keller, TG

Sgt. Russell Hatchett, BTG


Lucky bastard Club certificates for Loran Heeb (above) and Jack Keller (below).


Crew photo from Pyote, Texas, signed by tail gunner Jack Keller.


Capt. Abel Winfield Dahlgran


Russell Hatchett, Albert Acuna, William Levitsky and Loran Heeb outside the Red Cross Club in London.


See also:

Scrapbook: Loran Heeb Collection

Scrapbook and Mission Logs of Russell Hatchett





Some photos/information provided by:
Mr. Jack Keller
Family of Loran Heeb
Family of Russell Hatchett

Some information and/or images sourced from the American Air Museum database