Class 1943-H

Adams, Virgil G.
Virgil G. Adams
Abernatha, James Kenneth
Enlisted 19 Jun 1942
Born Jan. 5, 1916
in Williamsport, PA.
Died Jun. 4, 1970.
Pennsylvania.
James K. Abernatha
Atkins, Charles N.
Atkins, Donald Charles
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Napier Field, AL.
from Pennsylvania
Donald Charles Atkins
Austin, Norman Drexel
Bill Bright was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from George Field, IL Aug. 30, 1943. He graduated from twin engine and transitioned to B-17’s at Chanute Field, IL. In May of 1944, he was sent as a replacement to fly B-17’s in Italy with the 15th A.F., 2nd Bomb Group, 20th Bomb Sqdn. He flew 27 combat missions over the south of France, Germany, Hungary, Austria, northern Italy and Rumania. On July 22, 1944, after engine trouble in his B-17 G (S/N: 42-31452) made him feather his number 2 engine and drop out of formation, his plane was shot down by fighters over the Ploesti oil fields. All on the plane bailed out just before the plane exploded, but the radio operator’s chute failed to open. Austin was a prisoner of war in a school house in Bucharest until the Rumanians capitulated to the Russians on Aug. 23, 1944, and he along with 1150 P.O.W.s were flown out on B-17’s in early Sept. (MACR #6949)
1st Lt.

Wife: Marcella Austin

Of Tomah, WI

Awards: Air Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, 3 battle stars.

Norman Drexel Austin
Banks, Oscar J.
Oscar J. Banks
Barker, Donald G.
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL, and graduated at Marianna Air Field, FL, S/N: O-810291. Was assigned to Warner Robins A. F. B.
Of Islington, MA.
Donald G. Barker
Basquill, John J., Jr.
John washed out at Douglas. He became a Radio Operator, S/N: 13080216. He was with the 15th A.F., 97th Bomb Group, 414th Bomb Sqdn in Italy. On July 22, 1944 while in a B-17 J (S/N: 44-6260) on a mission to bomb Ploesti, Rumania, his plane was hit by flak and the right wing was on fire. The plane started down. The crew bailed out before the plane blew up. He was a P.O.W. (MACR #7094)
TSgt

Wife: RoAnn Basquill

Of Henderson, NV.

Born Feb. 6, 1919
Died Nov. 21, 1997
Buried Sect L, Grave 731, in Southern Nevada Veterans’ Cemetery, Boulder City, NV.

John J. Basquill, Jr.
Behrens, John A.
Roommate of Norman Austin. Bruce Campbell and Paul Plaginos were his instructors at Douglas. He graduated from George Field, IL. Then instructed in Basic at Newport AAFd. Later flew C-47’s in India.
Wife: Fern Behrens

Of Tomah, WI.

John A. Behrens
Bell, W. W. (possibly William W.)
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron E. A William W. Bell (S/N: O-743750) became a bombardier in the 454th Bomb Grp, 737th Bomb Sqdn flying in B-24s. Their plane was hit by flak and crashed in Barcelona Spain in April 1944, and he and the rest of the crew were interned in Spain. He and the crew were returned to Allied control on June 6, 1944 (MACR 4629).
W. W. Bell
Bentley, Claud R.
Enlisted 26 May 1942.
Born 1922.
Died Aug. 31, 1997, age 74.
Lived in Blair County, PA.
He moved to Central Florida in 1986.
Click here for his obituary.
Claud R. Bentley
Bieryla, Sylvester L.
Bruce Campbell was his instructor at Douglas. He washed out at Douglas. Served as a SGT in the Army Air Force.
Born October 24, 1921
Died April 08, 2002.
Buried St Mary’s Cemetery Of Greenwood, Scranton, Pa
Sylvester L. Bieryla
Billings, Frederick P.
He attended the Univ. of W. Virginia prior to the Service. Bruce Campbell was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL and Advanced at George Field, IL. S/N: O-811317. He went with the 456th Bomb Group at Boise ID. Then it was the 15th Air Force in Italy in B-24’s.
Capt. Frederick P. and Gayle Billings,
Pittsburgh, PA. 15227.
Frederick P. Billings
Black, James C., Jr.
Bruce Campbell was his instructor at Douglas. He washed out at Douglas.
James C. Black, Jr.
Blakeslee, Frank F.
Bruce Campbell was his instructor at Douglas. He washed out at Douglas but remained in the Air Force during World War II and Korea.
Capt.
Born Feb. 9, 1917
Died Nov. 3, 1989
Buried St. Mary’s Cemetery
Wilkes-Barre, PA
See FindAGrave
Frank F. Blakeslee
Boyd, John B.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron H. He likely became the B-25 pilot in the 345th Bomb Group’s 498th and 499th Squadrons in the Negros Islands, Philippines. In 1945, his plane suffered an explosion and a large hole caused by a hung up parafrag (a small, fragmenting bomb attached to a parachute. Read about it here. Boyd brought the plane down safely despite the damage.
John B. Boyd
Boyd, John W., Jr.
Enlisted May 08, 1941. Bruce Campbell was his instructor at Douglas. He washed out at Douglas.
Born 1920
From Shannon County, MO
John W. Boyd, Jr.
Brasell, Lewis B.
Re-enlisted Boca Raton AAF, FL on June 24 1946 as a Staff Sergeant
SSGT
Lewis B. Brasell
Cash, Leonard P.
Basic at Gunter Fld, AL, graduated from George Field, IL. S/N: O-811333. Was assigned to 2nd A. F. at Boise, ID. Later was in the 456th Bomb Group flying B-24’s in Italy.
from Maine
Leonard P. Cash
Dearborn, Carroll E.
He became a bombardier/navigator. Earned an Air Medal while in the 340th Bomb Group, 487th Bomb Sqdn (See http://57thbombwing.com/340th_History/487th_History/transcripts/16_Hist_Aug_1944_transcript.pdf).

For a picture, click here.

Carroll E. Dearborn
DeLancey, Robert F.
Served in the South Pacific stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii.
Born May 2, 1921
in York, PA
Died Mar. 23, 2008.
See FindAGrave
Robert F. Delancey
Edwards, Arthur R.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron G at Douglas.
Arthur R. Edwards
Eley, William S.
William S. Eley
Follmer, Harold William, Jr.
Harold had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from Marianna, Field, FL. S/N: O-810344. and was assigned to Tallahassee. He was in the 405th Fighter Group 511th Fighter Sqdn. Harold was killed Dec. 18, 1943 when a propeller came off of a P-39 that he was flying, at Congaree, S.C.
Of Selinsgrove, PA.
Harold W. Follmer, Jr.
Geary, Thomas E.
He may have been the Thomas E. Geary who flew in the European Theater. Per the obituary of Thomas E. Geary he received the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. He was promoted to Technical Sergeant at 21 years of age for “meritorious achievement” while participating in numerous bombing attacks against military and industrial targets in Western Europe (per obituary in Salem News).
Possibly born on November 7, 1922 in Danvers, MA.
Possibly died October 24, 2013 (per obituary in Salem News).
Thomas E. Geary
Gerrity, Frank R.
Bud Gillespie was his Instructor at Douglas. He went to Gunter Field, AL for Basic and to George Field, IL. for Advanced and graduated Aug. 30, 1943, S/N: O-813663. His 1st assignment was the 2nd Air Force at Boise, ID. He flew B-24’s. He was shot down Feb. 25, 1944 over Yugoslavia on a mission to Regensburg, Germany. He spent 15 months in a P.O.W. Camp at Stalag Luft, Barth, Germany. He was liberated by the Russians May 3, 1945. He became a lawyer and was with the F.B.I.
1st Lt.

Born: July 1, 1920

Wife: Margaret Gerrity.

Of Scranton, Pa.

Frank R. Gerrity
Goodall, Wilson
He attended N.C. State U. prior to military service. He had Basic at Gunter, AL & graduated from George, IL. S/N: O-811366. Wilson was in the 15th A.F., 456th Bomb Group, 746th Bomb Sqdn. He was copilot of a B-24 G (S/N: 42-78256) with Capt. Frederick W. Hyde, Jr. as pilot, leaving Stornara Field in Italy. His plane was shot down and he was killed while over Blechhammer, Germany on Aug. 22, 1944. His ship received a direct flak hit on the left wing after “bombs away”. Flame erupted around the tail and the plane fell off to the left. Only two men survived. (MACR #8006) It is believed he was killed on his 50th mission.
1st Lt.

From Scranton, PA.

His body was recovered at Steinbirn on Aug 22, 1944 and was buried at local cemetery Mechnitz, District Neustadt.

Wilson Goodall
Gotwalt, Robert Stuart
From York, PA
Born January 17, 1921
Died October 26, 1995
See FindaGrave
robert S. Gotwalt
Griffin, William W.
William W. Griffin
Griggs, Charles Warren
Had basic at Gunter Field, AL, graduated at Blytheville, IL. S/N: O-810139. He was with the 382nd Bomb Group 872nd Bomb Sqdn (Very Heavy Bombs). See Roster of Officers 382nd Bomb Group.

1st Lt.

Born 1923

Of Norfolk, VA

Charles Warren Griggs
Grill, Irvin P.
He enlisted 03 Apr 1941. He washed out.
Born 1919 in Wisconsin.
Lived Chicago, IL.
Irvin P. Grill
Guest, Buddy Ross ‘Bud’
Bill Sager was his Instructor. He washed out while at Douglas and was sent to the Weather Service. He served in England. He retired from the Air Force Reserve (Intelligence) as a full Colonel. Then he was a Geography Professor at the Northern Illinois University at DeKalb. He retired from this in 1986. Click here for his bio and pictures (a PDF).

Born Apr. 11, 1920

Col.

Wife: Virginia Guest

Of DeKalb, IL. and Lincoln, NE.

Buddy Ross Guest
Guilfoyle, Thomas Francis
Born Jul. 16, 1919
Died Sep. 18, 1983
See FindAGrave
Thomas Francis Guifoyle
Hall, Harry J.
He may have been S/Sgt. 28th Bomb Wing (See FindAGrave)
1920-1948
Harry J. Hall
Hamilton, Wilfred LaRue
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was with the 492nd Bomb Group 856th Bomb Sqdn flying B-24’s in the European Theatre and flew 30 missions. See http://www.492ndbombgroup.com

1st Lt.

From Pennsylvania.

Wilfred LaRue Hamilton
Hartford, Pearlie K.
From his obituary: He worked on the family farm until joining the United States Army Air Corps in 1941. He was stationed on the west coast at the time of the Pearl Harbor bombing and continued to serve his country until his honorable discharge in 1945.
Born December 2, 1917
Died June 21, 2010.
Lived in Unionville, Missouri
Pearlie K. Hartford
Healy, Daniel Joseph
Frank Presley and Roy McDonald were his instructors. He went on to Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. for Basic but washed out. He became a navigator (S/N: O-709366). On July 21, 1944, he was navigator on a B-24J (S/N: 42-110034) on a mission to Germany. Near Munich, the plane was attacked by enemy fighters. The crew bailed out and he became a P.O.W. at Luft-Stalag #1 located near Barth, Germany (MACR #7805).
Daniel J. Healy
Heath, Andrew H.
S/N: O-810366.
A Major (Ret) Andrew H. Heath appears in the Air Force Association Registry
Major Heath was living in Colonial Heights, VA in 2010.
Andrew H. Heath
Hemleb, John A.
He had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-811379. Assigned to 3rd Air Force at Greenville, SC. Final rank: Major.
from New Jersey
Born Apr. 24, 1921
Died Feb. 18, 1999
Buried Arlington National Cemetery See FindAGrave
John A. Hemleb
Herbert, Lloyd Herring
Lloyd had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from George Field, IL. S/N: O-811381. Later he was with the 492nd Liberator Grp, 858th Bomb Sqdn. He married Anna at Scott Field, IL. in Aug. 1943. On May 19, 1944 he was the pilot of a B-24J (S/N: 44-110153) that was shot down while on a bombing mission to Brunswick, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by approximately 50 enemy aircraft: Me 109’s and FW 190’s, in the Hannover area. The plane dropped out of formation and 8 chutes were seen to open. The aircraft was seen to go down through the undercast still under control. However, the entire crew was lost (MACR #5240). Anna remarried and became Mrs. Anna M. Croghan.
2nd Lt.

Wife: Anna Herbert

Of Frederick, MD.

Lloyd H. Herbert
Hilliard, Stephen R. Jr.
Hodges, Jack H.
Bill Sager and then Rumpler were his instructors at Douglas. He graduated from George Field, IL. He went on to twin engine training at Lawrenceville, IL. and Bergstrom AFB in Austin, Texas for C-47 training. He was then with the 316th Troop Carrier Group in England. Click here for his bio and picture (PDF).

Wife: Miriam Hodges

Of Vero Beach, FL.

Jack H. Hodges
Holland, George J.
After graduating from Marianna Air Field, FL, he instructed at Gunter Field. He taught B-24’s with B-29 turrets for gunnery students at Harlingen Army Gunnery School. He stayed in the Reserve and was recalled during the Korean War to teach flying training for B-25 radar navigators; then he went on to Okinawa in Air-Sea Rescue. He retired as a Colonel. As a civilian he was an Engineer for the Boeing Aircraft Co. for 40 years until retiring in 1992.
Col.

Wife: Kathleen O’Laughlin Holland

Of Uniontown, WA

George J. Holland
Horvath, John
John Horvath
Howe, John A.
Born 1921 New York
Died Nov 19, 1974
John A. Howe
Hoyne, Jerome A.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron F.
Enlisted in Chicago on 14 Jun 1941.
Lt. Col. upon retirement.
Born Aug. 28, 1918 in Illinois.
Died April 3, 2004.
See his obituary here.
Jerome A Hoyne
Huet, John R.
John R. Huet
Hurwitz, Julius Nathanial ‘Jay’
He became a navigator/bombardier (S/N: O-698120). He was in the 498th Bomb Group 875th Bomb Sqdn (Very Heavy Bombs). On Jan. 3, 1945, he was navigator on a B-29 (S/N: 42-24748) on a bombing mission to Nagoya, Japan. Upon the return from the bombing run, the plane disappeared and all 11 members of the crew were determined to be killed in action (MACR #10853).
2nd Lt.

Wife: Ruth Hurwitz

Of Dayton, OH

Julius N. Hurwitz
Jacobs, Edwin Harold
He had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-811387. He transferred to the 306th Bomb Group 367th Bomb Sqdn from the 2AF 18th Replacment Training Wing at Salt Lake City. On May 8, 1944, he was killed in a mid-air collision between 3 B-17’s near Perleberg, Germany when one of the bombers in the formation got caught up in prop wash and came down on top of Jacobs’ plane, knocking his plane’s tail off completely. The tail fell and damaged the B-17 below him (MACR #4554). All three planes crashed and nearly all crew members from the planes were killed.
Trenton, New Jersey.
Edwin Harold Jacobs
Jez, Thaddeus F.
Was a tail gunner in the 467th Bomb Group, 791st Bomb Squadron. On Aug 6, 1944, he was killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by flak and crashed at Hamburg in B-24 “Wallowing Wilbert” #41-29421 (Source: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/208468)
From Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Thaddeus F. Jez
Johnson, Olin Laurence
He had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL.
He probably went to Bryan Army Air Field Instructors Schl.,Bryan. Texas (Source Fulton History)
Olin Laurence Johnson
Jurgensmier, Walter Mathias
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.
1st LT
Born Jan 24 1917
Died Sep 4 2003 Logan, OH
Walter Mathias Jurgensmier
Jurkens, John Henry
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. Served in both World War II and the Korean War.
1ST LT, CAPT
Born Feb 01, 1922
Died Jan 07, 2013.
Buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.
John Henry Jurkens
Kane, Richard Weidner
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. He was at Tuskegee AAFd Advanced Flying School, per Aviation Archeaological Investigation & Research web site.
Richard Weidner Kane
Kavenagh, Edward C.
See his obituary here.
Born November 22, 1922 in Akron, OH.
Died June 17, 2003, York, PA.
Edward C. Kavenagh
King, James P.
James P. King
Kinney, Lyle Wilson
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.
See his obituary here.
Born May 30, 1919, in Collison, IL
Died Nov. 4, 2009
Lyle W. Kinney
Kinnucan, Rex E.
He became a navigator (S/N: O-700808) in B-17’s with the 351st Bomb Group 508th Bomb Sqdn and served in missions over France and Germany. See http://351st.org/ for a list of his missions.

1st Lt.
Rex E. Kinnucan
Kipp, William J.
He became a bombardier (S/N: O-757074) in the 94th Bomb Group 333rd Bomb Sqdn. On Apr. 11, 1944, he was navigator in a B-17G (S/N: 42-97086). The plane was hit by flak over the Danish peninsula and lost 2 engines. The plane went into a steep dive and crashed at Osterby, near Flensburg, Germany before Kipp could bail out (MACR #4008)
2nd Lt.

IL.

William J. Kipp
Kistler, Harold R., Jr.
Harold R. Kistler, Jr.
Klein, Robert W.
Robert W. Klein
Kniznick, Alfred Franklin
He became a bombardier/navigator (S/N: O-698128) with the 499th Bomb Group 877th Bomb Sqdn (Very Heavy Bombs). On June 1, 1945 he was bombardier in a B-29 (S/N: 44-0083) on a mission to Osaka Japan. The plane was leading the first airborne squadron. Fifteen to twenty seconds before “bombs away” the plane was hit by a heavy burst of flak just forward of the bomb bay. The aircraft pulled up and to the right to avoid collision with the aircraft on its right wing, and then it fell off and crashed. Kniznick was killed. His grave marker is in the Manila American Cemetery, Manila City, Philippines (see Find-A-Grave).

1st Lt.

Wife: Edna B. Kniznick

Revere, MA

Alfred F. Kniznick
LaMar, Eugene Alvin
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-810171. He was with the 15 A.F., 485th Bomb Group 831st Bomb Sqdn. On July 20, 1944 he was co-pilot on a B-24J 1944 (S/N: 44-40886) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Friederickshafen, Germany. The plane was shot down by five FW-190s in the vicinity of Vittorio Veneto, Italy. The number 2 engine was hit and something exploded in the nose. LaMar bailed out at 23,000 feet. He was reunited with some of the rest of the crew on the ground, and the Italians assisted them in returning to Allied lines (MACR #6914).
Wife: Betty L. LaMar

Washington, D.C.

Eugene Alvin LaMar
Lee, Wilfred A.
Wilfred A. Lee
Levy, Irving
Irving Levy
Longo, John
Possibly this John Longo: “He served in the New York National Guard 69th Regiment in the 1930s and was sent to Europe during World War II. He was a decorated veteran assigned to the 9th Air Force and was awarded numerous medals, including the Presidential Unit Citation, for service in France, Belgium and England.” Source: http://www.poconorecord.com.
John Longo
Luft, John Leonard
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-811411. He was assigned to the 2nd A.F. at Boise. Later he flew B-24s in England with the 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Sqdn and flew 31 missions. After that he hauled gas and other supplies to the front lines in B-24 bomb bay racks. Read his bio here (PDF).

1st Lt.

Wife: Gladys Luft

Of Minier, IL.

John Leonard Luft
MacDaniel, Edward Charles
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He flew 33 missions in B-17’s from England with the 96th Bomb Group. He then returned to the U.S. as an instructor pilot of B-17’s and B-29’s. Click here for his bio (PDF).

1st Lt.

Wife: Tilarr MacDaniel

Of Los Angeles, CA

Edward Charles MacDaniel
MacFarlane, Menzies James
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from George Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-811413. He was assigned to the 2nd AF. at Salt Lake City. He flew B-17’s with the 8th A.F. 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Sqdn in England. He was released at the end of the war. He stayed in the Reserve to attain the rank of Lt. Col. At that time he was instructing in B-29’ s.
Lt. Col.

Wife: Marilyn MacFarlane

Of Pleasant Grove, UT.

Died in 1983.

Menzies J. MacFarlane
Malavich, Charles
Was a SSGT
Charles Malavich
Martinez, Dale
Dale Martinez
Mastalski, Joseph J.
He became a bombardier (S/N: O-692501). He was with the 483rd Bomb Group 816th Bomb Sqdn. On Jul. 18, 1944 he was a bombardier on a B-17G (S/N: 42-107172) on a mission to Menninghem Aerodrome, Germany. The plane was shot down and and he was reported MIA. It was about his 33rd mission.
2nd Lt.

PA

Joseph J. Mastalski
Mauer, Martin
He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He became a B-24 Pilot with the 15th A.F. in Italy. He flew 52 missions.
Wife: Mary Maurer

Of Sandy Creek, NY.

Martin Mauer
May, Harvey A.
Harvey A. May
McCloskey, Eugene J.
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from Marianna in FL. S/N: O-810396. He flew P-47’s in the 404th Fighter Group 506th Fighter Sqdn from England over Belgium and France. He supposedly bellied in on a street in Belgium, fully armed, and walked away from it. After the War he was with the Blue Cross, Blue Shield in Southern New Jersey.
1st Lt.

of Jessup, PA.

Died about 1990

Eugene J. McCloskey
McGrath, Charles E.
Charles E. McGrath
McGoldrick, Arthur R., Jr.
Enlisted in the Air Corps on 24 Sep 1942
Born 1920
From Shelby County, TN
Arthur R. McGoldrick, Jr.
McKeague, Edward P.
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from George Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-811419. He was in the 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Sqdn. On June 12, 1944, he was pilot of a B-17G (S/N: 42-97883) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Rosières-en-Santerre in France. The plane was hit by flak over Dunkirk. No. 3 engine caught fire and the fire spread to engine 4. Engines 1 and 2 were also damaged. He left the formation in a dive in an attempt to put out the fire, but each time he levelled out the fire would start again. While flying parallel to the English coast, he ordered his crew to bail out. He was the last to leave the ship, at 800 feet. He was picked up by a life boat, probably from the Royal Navy, but several others in his crew drowned, failed to open their chutes, or were M.I.A. (MACR #6521). McKeague died a few days later.
2nd Lt.

PA

See also http://www.100thbg.com

Edward P. McKeague
Monk, Carl F.
Became a nose gunner on B-24s in the 459 Bomb Group, 757 Bomb Sqdn. On July 24, 1944, his plane was shot down on a mission from Italy to France. The crew bailed out. Later they were returned to the U.S. (MACR 6998)
SSGT
Carl F. Monk
Morrison, Creel H.
S/N: O-887210. He was in the 9th AF 422nd Night Fighter Squadron.
1st Lt.
Creel H. Morrison
Mountjoy, Jesse Thomas
Rundlett was his instructor. Graduated from Marianna Army Air Field in FL, S/N: O-810399. Was assigned to Tallahassee, FL AFB. He was in the 405th Fighter Group 509th Fighter Sqdn. On July 31, 1944 he was flying a P-47D (S/N: 42-75454) when it developed engine trouble. He called on the radio that he was bailing out, but he was killed (MACR #7924). He received the Army Air Medal, four Oak Leaf Clusters.
From Versailles, KY.

Wife: Runelle Palmore Mountjoy

See also http://www.2ndarmored hellonwheels.com

Jesse Thomas Mountjoy
Nessline, William Scott
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. Pyote AAFd, Texas in the 19th Combat Crew Training Station (B-17s). He was killed in a flying accident Mar. 21, 1944.
William Scott Nessline
Olsen, Edward A.
Edward A. Olsen
O’Neill, Michael J.
He died when the B-24 he was in struck a mountain peak in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa on its way overseas. See FindAGrave. He was the 449th Bomb Group, 719th Bomb Squadron Staff Intelligence Officer.
2nd Lt.
Born Apr. 20, 1910, Charlestown, MA
Died Dec. 8, 1943, Morocco
Michael J. O'Neill
Ostrow, Irving
He became a navigator, per Selman Field During WWII, Turner Pub’l Co.
1st Lt.
Irving Ostrow
Otwell, Edward C.
See FindAGrave. He was a pilot in the Army Air Corps and a navigation instructor in Georgia.
Born Jul. 23, 1916
Died Aug. 12, 2003 in Flourtown, PA
Edward C. Otwell
Overhultz, Herbert Shepard
Twin engine pilot, graduating from George Field, in class of 43K. See Wingspan: Class 43K – George Field, ILL.
FL
Herbert S. Overhultz
Owen, Fred D., Jr.
Enlisted 10-24-1941.
TEC 4.
Born August 06, 1919 in Alabama
Died August 01, 2006.
Buried Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham, AL
Fred D. Owen, Jr.
Parker, Robert Elswort
Rundlett was his instructor at Douglas. Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. S/N: O-811431. He was in the 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Sqdn flying B-17s.
2nd Lt.

Click here for a picture of him with his crew, from http://95thbg.org/

Robert Elswort Parker
Paul, Oscar
Enlisted May 27, 1942 from Virginia
Oscar Paul
Pawlukanis, Leo Christian
Rufus Rundlett was his instructor. He had Basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. and graduated from Marianna Army Air Field in FL, S/N: O-810406. He was assigned to the Tallahassee A.F.B., FL. and later was flying with the 8th Air Force 406th Fighter Group 512th Bomb Sqdn in England. He was killed by enemy anti-aircraft while over France on Aug. 4, 1944. He is buried in France. Click here for more info.

of Tulsa, OK.
Died Aug. 4, 1944
Leo Christian Pawlukanis
Peck, Harland Kenneth
Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-810210. He was with the 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Sqdn (H). He flew 34 missions and completed his tour of duty on Sept. 18, 1944. See http://384thbombgroup.com/

2nd Lt.
Harland Kenneth Peck
Peters, Arthur H.
Arthur H. Peters
Porter, Albert S., Jr. “Bud”
Ted Roman was his Instructor. He was washed out because he could not land the plane and tended to “ground loop.” He was sent to radio school in Sioux Falls, SD and then to Kingman, AZ for gunnery school. He went to MacDill Field in Tampa to become a member of a crew of a B-17. Because he was 5’7″ he was reassigned to the ball turret. His crew went to Europe on the Queen Elizabeth, where they were in the 95th Bomb Group. On his second mission, his plane was hit by flak and lost 2 engines. They did a forced landing in Belgium. He flew 9 missions. Bud was president of the 8th Air Force Historical Society of S. Carolina.
born in 1921

Raised in Elizabeth, N.J. Later of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

For a transcribed detailed and interesting interview with him, see oralhistory.rutgers.edu/

Albert S. Porter, Jr.
Powell, Harold L.
Harold L. Powell
Raftery, Patrick Henry, Jr.
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He received a Purple Heart and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
1st LT,
retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Col. (per FindAGrave)
From LA
Born Aug. 20, 1921
Died Apr. 3, 2008
Patrick Henry Raftery, Jr.
Ramsay, William W.
Possibly LT COL HQ 5 Air Force, per FindAGrave
Born Nov 2, 1917
Dec 14, 1963 (assuming this is our man on FindAGrave)
William W. Ramsay
Raymond, Robert Bell
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.
Robert Bell Raymond
Resch, Thomas Joseph
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-810221. He was with the Dodge City AAFd Bomber Pilot Training School (B-26C). He was killed in a flying accident on Apr. 17, 1944 (in MN), per Steve Burris.
2nd Lt.

IL

Thomas Joseph Resch
Reynolds, Emerson L.
He washed out at Douglas (but Orders show he graduated from Blytheville). He served in the U.S.A. He was a Crew Chief at Galveston and Colorado Springs in the Instruction Indoctrination Unit.
Sgt.

Wife is Esther.

Of Webster, MA.

Emerson L. Reynolds
Rhodes, Clifford Conley
DuPraw was his instructor. Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-810222. He was in the 1st Combat Carrier Group, 1st Combat Carrier Sqdn and at Stuttgart, AR AAFd Advanced Flying School.
2nd Lt.

Of Alexandria, VA

Clifford Conley Rhodes
Ritchie, Robert J.
DuPraw was his instructor at Douglas. Graduated from Marianna Air Field, FL, Flight Officer T-61225. Assigned to Tallahassee, FL AFB. He was in the 8th Fighter Group 36th Fighter Sqdn (P-38). He was missing in action or buried at sea, Mar. 13, 1944, and is on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery. Air Medal, Purple Heart. (http://www.abmc.gov/)

Of Amsterdam, OH
Robert J. Ritchie
Roberts, Hylton P.
DuPraw was his Instructor. He completed Primary but left flight training in Basic. He served in other capacities during the war.
Of Corning, Iowa.
See FindAGrave
Hylton P. Roberts
Rodgers, Harry Lewis
Dupraw was his instructor. Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL., S/N: O-811442. Assigned to 2nd Air Force at Boise, ID.
Harry Lewis Rodgers
Rogan, Albert F.
Ashley DuPraw was his instructor at Douglas. He was a navigator in B-24’s in the 90th Bomb Group 319th Bomb Sqdn in the Pacific theater. Air medal and three oak leaf clusters. See Find-A-Grave.

2nd Lt.

Of Cleveland, OH

Wife: Elaine Rogan

Died Nov. 19, 2009, age 92.

Albert F. Rogan
Rojas, Manuel J.
Flight Officer S/N: T-2055. He was a bombardier in the 320th Bomb Group 441st Bomb Sqdn
Manuel J. Rojas
Rosenthal, David
He was a bombardier (S/N: O-757036) in the 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Sqdn. He was killed in action Sept. 5, 1944. He is buried in the American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. Citations: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart. (http://www.abmc.gov).

1st Lt.

NJ

David Rosenthal
Gerald M. Rosenthal
Became a Radio/Gunner in the 310th Bomb Group and 340th Bomb Group, flying in B-25s in Italy (per Fold3).
T/Sgt
From Calif.
Gerald M. Rosenthal
Ross, Bernard E.
He was a navigator (S/N: O-698780) in the 450th Bomb Group 720th Bomb Sqdn. On April 2, 1944, he became missing in action during the mission to Steyr, Austria. He became a P.O.W. Luft-Stalag #1 located near Barth, Germany (MACR #3582; http://www.450thbg.com/)

2nd Lt.

MN

Bernard E. Ross
Rowell, Milton Leon
Hoeffler was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Marianna Army Air Field in FL as a Flight Officer T-61226. He was assigned to Tallahassee next. Later he was serving in the South Pacific in 35th Fighter Group 41st Fighter Sqdn flying P-47’s and P-51’s.
Capt.

Wife: Jeanne Rowell.

Of Mobile, AL.

Milton Leon Rowell
Ruehlman, Marvin J.
Enlisted 07-09-1942.
Born 1921
From Hamilton County, OH
Marvin J. Ruehlman
Sample, Gerald T.
Gerald T. Sample
Sanderson, Richard Gregory
He had Basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. and graduated at Marianna Army Air Field in FL. S/N: O-810421. Then assigned to Tallahassee. He served with the 79th Fighter Group 85th Fighter Squadron in the Italian Campaign.
He had 92 Missions— C.T. CD. (completed tour).
Awarded the D.F.C.; Air Medal & 3 OLCs.
1st Lt.

Of Trenton and Mendham, N.J.

Richard Gregory Sanderson
Satterfield, F. E.
Student Officer: Second Lieutenant, Squadron H at Douglas.
F. E. Satterfield
Schwarz, Glenn
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was in the 459th Bomb Gp., 756th Bomb Squadron in Italy flying B-24’s. He received the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters. See http://www.459bg.org/

1st Lt.
Glenn Schwarz
Schwein, Robert G.
He became a bombardier (S/N: O-757044) with the 306th Bomb Group 367th Bomb Sqdn, per First Over Germany: A History of the 306th Bombardment Group by Russell A. Strong.
Lt.

OH

Robert G. Schwein
Shelton, Milton
Milton Shelton
Silver, Leo A.
Leo A. Silver
Simmonds, William Edward
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. Pueblo, CO. Army Air Base 19th Technical Training School. He was killed in a flying accident Feb. 17, 1944. Thirteen minutes after taking off from the Pueblo AAB in an AT-23A (a target-tug version of the B-26 Marauder) at very low altitude, the plane went out of control and slammed into the ground at a steep angle and burned. (http://coloradoaircrashes.com/)

Botetourt Co., VA
William Edward Simmonds
Simmons, John Sylvester, Jr.
He graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He flew B-17’s and B-24’s with the 8th Air Force, 486th Bomb Group, 835th Bomb Sqdn. He flew 35 combat missions over France, Germany and Belgium. He received the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters and the D.F.C. Click here for a picture of him with his crew.

Major

Wife: Virginia Simmons

Of Danville, VA.

John Sylvester Simmons, Jr.
Sims, James G.
James G. Sims
Smith, George Douglas
Joe Thalman was his Instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from Advanced at George Field, IL. S/N: O-811457. He went to the 8th A.F., 486th Bomb Group 835th Bomb Sqdn, 3rd Air Division in England. He flew 34 missions. He was released in Mar. 1945. Then he went to Georgia Tech. and became an Engineer. Click here for his military bio with his comments and list of awards (PDF).

Capt.

Wife: Mary Jo Smith

Of Chattanooga, TN.

George Douglas Smith
Sowers, Paul William
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He went into B-24’s. He served in the 8th A.F. in England, 385th Bomb Group, 550th Bomb Sqdn. He flew 35 missions in B-17’s. He received 4 air medals and 2 D.F.C.s. He said that he had relatively easy combat experience with only a few engines shot out, losing an engine with a resulting fire over the North Sea, and a prop falling off from the heat and fire. He became a dentist after the War.
1st Lt.

Born Nov. 5, 1920 Spencer, NC

Wife: Betty Sowers,

Of Orlando, Fla.

Paul William Sowers
Spence, John Frederick
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He became a B-24 Pilot. He later transferred to the Troop Carrier Command.
2nd Lt.

Wife: Faye Spence

Of Penn Valley, CA.

Died: June 5, 1994.

John Frederick Spence
Springer, Jack C.
Played high school football. (6 of the players went into pilot training. 4 were killed in training. 2 finished.) Jack went to Washington, D.C. in 1940. Was in the Dept. of Justice, Identification Dept of the F.B.I. He enlisted in the A.A.F. Was called Nov. 11, 1942 to Maxwell Field for preflight. Douglas for Primary, Gunter Field, AL for Basic. He graduated from Blytheville Field, Ark. and was assigned to 2nd A.F. at Salt Lake City. Then to Tucson. He flew the Atlantic by way of S. America and Dakar. They went between two 70,000’ thunderstorms on the way. St. Elmo’s fire all over the plane. Then to England A German JU flew along for a while. No shots were fired. The Col. welcomed him as the 1st American to land on his Base. They put in bullet proof glass. A piece of shrapnel broke the glass but it saved his life. It would have hit him in the neck. At 16 missions he had battle fatigue. Was sent to Scotland, saw Shakespeare country. Back to flying in the 486th Bomb Group 833rd Bomb Sqdn, and he had a quota of 20 missions. When he reached 18 the quota was raised to 25. When he had 23 the quota was raised to 30. When he reached 28 it was raised to 35. He gave thanks when it was raised no more. He was awarded the D.F.C., Air Medal with 4 clusters and a battle ribbon with 4 stars. He stayed in the Reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel
Lt. Col.

Of San Angelo, Texas

Born May 26, 1926.

Jack C. Springer
Stalter, William Joseph
Lloyd Annin was his Instructor at Douglas. William graduated from Marianna Field, FL. S/N: O-810428. He was sent to Tallahassee. He served in the 12th A.F., 79th Bomb Grp.
86th Bomb Sqdn, in the Mediterranian area. He flew 96 missions in P-47’s. After the war he became an Architect.
1st Lt.

Wife: Anna Stalter.

Of Barton IL.

William J. Stalter
Stang, Alan John
Had basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from Marianna Field, FL. Flight Officer S/N: T-61227. Was assigned to Tallahassee, FL AFB. He was then in the 406th Fighter Group 512th Fighter Sqdn. On April 9, 1945, he was flying a P-47D (S/N: 44-32948) on a mission to Hanover, Germany when he was hit by flak and his plane crashed. He was killed (MACR #14457).
1st Lt.

Of Chicago, IL

Alan J. Stang
Starnes, Dayton Arthur
Lloyd Annin was his instructor at Douglas. He had basic at Gunter Field, AL. and Advanced at Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He taught advanced flying in B-25’s at George Field, IL. He was then sent to Cerignola, Italy with the 15th A.F. 455th Bomb Group 742nd Bomb Sqdn. He was wounded and required skin grafts but he wanted to stay in Europe. So he got a job with the Mediterranean Allied Air Force and flew VIPs, generals, spies, etc. He received a Silver Star, Purple Hearts, air medal and 9 battle stars. He retired as Lt. Colonel.
Lt. Col.

Wife: Lorraine Starnes

Of Charlotte, NC

Dayton Arthur Starnes
Starr, Samuel E.
SGT
Born Sep. 7, 1921
Died Nov. 4, 1990
Buried Bay Pines National Cemetery, per FindAGrave
Steele, Vaughn S.
Presley was his instructor at Douglas. Vaughn had Basic at Gunter, AL. and Advanced at Blytheville, Ark. S/N: O-1683579. Then he was checked out on B-24’s. Went overseas to Italy in the 376th Bomb Group 512th Bomb Sqdn and flew 50 missions including 5 over Ploesti. Later he became a Railroad Engineer. Click here for his bio and pictures.
1st Lt.

Wife: Phyllis Steele

Of Pasco, Wash.

Vaughn S. Steele
Steitz, Warren C.
He became a bombardier S/N: O-762132. He was with the 351st Bomb Group HQ (The 351st Bomb Group (H) 1942-45 by Peter Harris & Ken Harbour). He was in the D-Day invasion of June 7, 1944. For a list of his missions, see http://351st.org/.

Capt.
Warren S. Steitz
Stekl, Miles R.
of Fox Lake, formerly of Chicago
Died May 02, 2006
Miles R. Stekl
Stevens, John Gus
Presley and Roy McDonald were his instructors. Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated from Marianna Army Air Field in FL as Flight Officer T-61228.
John Gus Stevens
Stevens, Raymond Robert
He had Basic at Gunter Field, AL. and Advanced at Blytheville Field, Arkansas. John Fraser was the 2nd of his 2 Instructors at Douglas. He was delayed to class 43I. He went into bombers and to Italy. He was in the 15th Air Force, 376th Bomb Group, 512th Bomb Sqdn. He was involved in a serious crash. He later joined the Reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1960.
Lt. Col.

Of Wesley, Iowa.

Raymond Robert Stevens
Stichtenoth, William E.
Enlisted April 15, 1941
Born 1918
From Baltimore City County, Maryland
William E. Stichtenoth
Stieber, Harold Joseph
Allen Cadle was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Canter Field and graduated from George Army Air Corps Field, Lawrence County, IL. He flew in W.W. II in the 486th Bomb Group 834th Bomb Sqdn and was recalled for the Korean War. Afterward he became a C.A.A./F.A.A. Inspector, checking navigational aids and flight standards.
1st Lt.

Wife: Wanda Stieber.

Of Kerrville, TX. .

Harold Joseph Stieber
Stines, Harrison Oberdorf
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas (S/N: O-810252).Then flew bomber and navigator trainees at Selman Field Navigator School (in AT-7s). He was a First Lieutenant in the USAAF reserves in 1947.
Harrison Oberdorf Stines
Stone, Harold William
Allen Cadle was his Instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Marianna Field, FL as a F.O. T-61229. and was assigned to Dale Malbry Field at Tallahassee, FL. He flew 100 plus trips over the ‘Hump’ (650 Hours) with the Ferry Command, Air Transport Command–India/China Division. He was discharged in 1945. Afterwards he spent 43 years with Eastman Kodak Co.
1st Lt.

Wife: Virginia

Of Rochester, N.Y.

Harold W. Stone
Stotts, Lewis T.
He was a bombardier with the 387th Bomb Group 556th Bomb Sqdn, per Bombardier – A History (Volume 1) by Philip A. St. John.
Lewis T. Stotts
Stout, John D.
John D. Stout
Strand, Robert Earl
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-810253. He was sent to England with the 8th Air Force, 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Sqdn on April 12, 1944 and flew 32 missions in B-17s. See http://384thbombgroup.com. After the war he went to the Univ. of Michigan and became a Mechanical Engineer.

1st Lt.

Wife: Mary Jane Strand

Of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Robert Earl Strand
Suffness, Arthur H.
Enlisted from Mercer County, New Jersey on 26 May 1942.
Born 1921 in Alaska.
Then from New Jersey.
Later of Pompano Beach, FL
died December 27, 1998
Arthur H. Suffness
Sunds, Elvin Henry
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.
Elvin Henry Sunds
Sweet, David J. E.
David J. E. Sweet
Szabo, Alex
SSGT
Alex Szabo
Taylor, Garland Edward
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.
Garland Edward Taylor
Tebbs, George V.
Spent 6 years in Army Air Corps during World War II. See his obituary in the Washington Post.
Died July 17, 2009
George V. Tebbs
Thomas, Vernon William, Jr.
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. S/N: O-810260.
Maj.
11/01/1920-02/17/1981
Buried Calverton National Cemetery, Suffolk Co, NY
Vernon William Thomas, Jr.
Thompson, Harold Kirk
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.
Harold Kirk Thompson
Thompson, William J.
William J. Thompson
Thorsen, John A.
John A. Thorsen
Thrasher, William P.
William P. Thrasher
Tilton, Russell E.
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL. and graduated from Marianna Field, FL. S/N: O-810435. He went to England on April 2, 1944 and was with the 406th Bomb Group, 512th Fighter Sqdn . He was killed in a flying accident over New Romnay England on April 21, 1944 in a P-47D. He was interred at the U.S. Military Cemetery Brookwood, about 30 miles southwest of London.
2nd Lt.

of Minocqua, WI.

Born Jan. 20, 1923

Russell E. Tilton
Tolsma, George Donald
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N: O-810264. He was in the 485th Bomb Group 830th Bomb Sqdn. and flew 50 missions. Received the D.F.C. Click here for a picture of his crew from http://www.485thbg.org/

Capt.

Died June 28, 2007, Age 85 (see obit).

Wife: Betty

George Donald Tolsma
Towne, Richard C.
Had basic at Gunter Field, AL, graduated from Marianna Field, FL. S/N: O-810438. Was assigned to Warner Robins AFB., GA.
Of Southgate, CA
Richard C. Towne
Turner, Edmond C.
Edmond C. Turner
Van Camp, James Harding
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. Later flew B-24 bombers overseas in the 486th Bomb Group 834th Bomb Sqdn and returned to U.S. afterwards.
Capt.

Of Wapto, WA. and ID.

James Harding VanCamp
Vasilakos, Thomas A.
Thomas A. Vasilakos
Wages, Bradley L.
Warner, Bill R.
Bill R. Warner
Westrem, John Robert
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. Later flew overseas and returned to U.S. afterwards.
from California

Probably born 30 March 1923 and died 27 January 2008, buried at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery (click here for locategrave.org).

John Robert Westrem
Wetherall, William J.
Enlisted October 05, 1942 in Cook County, IL
Born 1922
William J. Wetherall
Wiley, Ramon Keith
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas.
Ramon Keith Wiley
Williamson, Ralph Irving
He had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Advanced at Marianna Field, FL. S/N: O-810448. He went into fighters in the 352nd Fighter Group 487th Fighter Sqdn. He was killed in action in a P-51B (S/N: 42-106468) on Apr. 9, 1944. He is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery,
Cambridge, England. Purple Heart (http://www.abmc.gov).

Texas
Ralph I. Williamson
Wilson, Gilbert James
He was delayed to class 43H from 43G. Basic at Gunter Field. Graduated from Blytheville Army Air Field, Ark. S/N: O-810274. He was with the 301st Bomb Gp. 352nd Bomb Sqdn. On July 18, 1944 he was the pilot of a B-17G (S/N: 42-102943) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Memmingen Aerodrome, Germany. The plane was hit by enemy aircraft. He became a P.O.W. in Luft-Stalag #1 located near Barth, Germany (MACR #7310).
2nd Lt.

Born Apr. 1, 1920
Died Feb. 24, 2002.

Wife: Ada Pearl Wilson

of Indiana, Toledo, OH and Douglas, GA

Gilbert James Wilson
Winters, Lawrence Franklin
Had basic at Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. Graduated Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas. He was with the 487th Bomb Group 838th Bomb Sqdn flying B-24’s. See http://www.487thbg.org/.

Lawrence Franklin Winters
Wirth, Joseph
Presley and Roy McDonald were his instructors at Douglas. Had basic at Gunter Field, AL and graduated from Blytheville Army Airfield, Arkansas, S/N O-810277. He was a pilot in the 22nd Bomb Sqdn, 341st Bomb Group. On May 29, 1945 he was flying a B-25J with a crew of seven on a mission to destroy locomotives between Vinh and Quang Tri in French Indo-China. His plane had a forced landing in a rice paddy field about one mile west of the village of Lam Cau, French Indo-China. He was taken prisoner and taken to the Japanese Gendarmerie jail at Vinh. On June 1, he was transported to Hanoi, his last known movement; it is not known if he arrived at Hanoi. Three of the seven crew members are known dead: 1 KIA and 2 died as POWs while trying to escape. Four, including Wirth, are still unaccounted for (MACR 15434).
Joseph Wirth
Wolberg, Donald M.
He was a navigator/bombardier in the European, African, and Middle Eastern theater of war in B-26’s (Bombardier – A History (Volume 1) by St. John, Philip A.). He was was shot down in April of 1945, wounded and exchanged for prisoners, per B-26 veteran web sites.

1st Lt.

Probably —
Born: 18 Mar 1923
Died: 8 Jan 1994

Kingston, PA.

(see obit)

possibly originally of IL

Donald M. Wolberg
Woodruff, Deward
Enlisted July 07, 1942.
From Nueces County, Texas
Born 1919
Deward Woodruff
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