(Scheduled to graduate from Advanced as officers Mar. 12, 1944)
Freschi, George Francis Jr.
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826906. He was in the 463rd Bomb Group 773rd Bomb Sqdn. On Dec. 10, 1944 he was pilot of a B-17G (S/N: 44-6190) with a crew of 10 on a mission out of Celene Air Field, Italy (MACR #10689). The flight entered a large cloud bank and split up. His plane and the crew went missing. He was later designated as KIA.
He served in the Air Depot in Germany, and was in the Air Lift 1951-2-3. Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826829. Then Headquarters. 3rd AF in London. 1954 to 1958 was in the Pentagon. 1963-4-5-6 He was in the Embassy in Copenhagen. He was in the Headquarters Strike Command when he retired in 1970.
St. Petersberg, Fl
Frumin, Leonard C.
He graduated from navigation school at Selman Field, Monroe, La. (Class 44-11) and became a navigator in the 100th Bomb Group 351st Bomb Sqdn. See Contrails: My War Record
by John F. Callahan Assoc., NY, 1947; http://www.100thbg.com/
; and The Story of the Century
or by John R. Nilsson, 1946.
New York City, N.Y.
Born Mar. 21, 1921
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826910. Was a bomber pilot, per his obituary
June 27, 1922-August 15, 2012
From Wantagh Long Island
Gehl, Edward Joseph
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826916
Girone, Felix J.
S/N: O-825427. He was in the 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Sqdn. On Nov. 27, 1944 he was flying a P-51D (S/N: 44-14587) on a mission to Derben, Germany. While escorting a fellow fighter that had dropped out of formation due to an oxygen leak, he spotted dogfights occurring above him and went to join the fight. He was shot down over Reckershausen, Germany. His plane crashed and he was killed. His remains were buried in Eimen, Germany (MACR #10548).
For his picture click here
Gousie, Roland E.
He was in the 339th Fighter Group 505th Fighter Sqdn. On Apr. 15, 1945 while flying a P-51D-10 (S/N: 44-14656) he became a P.O.W. (MACR #13900)
Gregory, John Burton
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826940. He was a pilot in the 15th Air Force in Italy
Guivens, Harold Clement “Gus”
He graduated from Moody Field, GA. S/N: O-826946. He was trained in B-17’s but served in the 15th A.F. 451st Bomb Group in Italy, flying 17 missions in B-24’s.
Hageman, Robert W.
(S/N: 15328068). While still aviation cadets, he and Haigler were killed when their BT-13A (S/N: 41-11049) crashed 18 mi NE of Lawson Field, GA while flying out of Cochran Field, Macon, GA on Dec. 24, 1943. (Source: http://usaafdata.com/
A witness said the plane burst into flames before it struck the ground (per December 26, 1943 newspaper: Evening Star
(Washington DC), Page 17).
Son of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert H. Hageman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
(S/N: 14147907). While still aviation cadets, he and Hageman were killed in a crash of their BT-13A (S/N: 41-11049) 18 mi NE of Lawson Field, GA while flying out of Cochran Field, Macon, GA. (Source: http://usaafdata.com/
A witness said the plane burst into flames before it struck the ground (per December 26, 1943 newspaper: Evening Star
(Washington DC), Page 17).
Union County, North Carolina
Born Mar. 1, 1924
Died Dec. 24, 1943 (see Find-A-Grave
– has incorrect death date).
for his picture and bio.
Helfrecht, Kenneth G.
He was in the 004th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Sqdn. He flew P-51D-10-NA S/N: 44-14110 “Georgie.” On April 16, 1945 he had 5 ground victories: 2 ME-410’s, 2 FW-190’s, 1 HE-177. He received Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (6 OLC), World War II Victory Medal.
for his bio and picture (a PDF).
Helms, Ira Lander Jr.
Bert Hood was his instructor. S/N: O-826957. He was in the 485th Bomb Group 828th Bomb Sqdn. See http://www.485thbg.org
for his crew picture.
Hess, Russell U.
He became a navigator with the 485th Bomb Group 828th Bomb Sqdn
Hogue, George W. Jr.
He became a navigator per the book, Selman Field During WWII .
Hohler, Charles W.
S/N: O-825440. He was in the 483rd Bomb Group 817th Bomb Sqdn. On Apr. 8, 1945 he was a co-pilot on a B-17G (S/N: 44-6733) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Campodazzo Railroad Station, Italy. His plane was hit by flak and lost two engines. They continued flying but eventually lost all four engines and bailed out. He was a P.O.W. (MACR #13634).
Wife: Dorothy Hohler
Holloway, Albert W.
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-575003. Student Officer. He was with the 388th Bomb Group, 560th and 562nd Bomb Sqdn. He flew 25 missions between Nov. 1944 and May 20, 1945. See http://www.fold3.com/image/#39060101
Holub, Edward William
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826966. He was in the 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Sqdn. On Oct 7, 1944 he was co-pilot in a B-17G (S/N: 42-97176) with a crew of 9 on a mission to Politz, Germany. Near the target the plane was hit by flak. They flew to Sweden and landed, and were interned (MACR #9568). They may have been returned on Oct. 24, 1944.
Click here for his missions
Huegelmeyer, Eugene J.
Huey, Cartheledge L., Jr.
He was in the 77th Fighter Sqdn, 20th Fighter Group between Oct 28, 1944 and the end of the war where he flew a P-51D-5 (S/N: 44-13692 LC-X) “Maggie / Sandy”, per http://aussiex.org/
Huff, William Wilson
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826968. Kenneth Landis was his instructor at Douglas. He transitioned to B-24s.
Born: Jan. 31, 1923, Caledonia, Miss.
Died: May 29, 1982.
Huffman, Robert Sidell
S/N: O-827209. He was in the 71st Photo Recon Group, 82nd Tactical Recon Sqdn. On March 5, 1945 he took off from Lingayen Airfield flying a P-51D (F-6 photo reconnaissance version, S/N: 44-14841) the number four position as wing man for F/O Robert Ross on a mission to bomb and strafe enemy supplies and fuel stored near Cattagoaman (Cattagoaman Nuevo). Over the target, the formation started their bomb run diving down from 8,000′. Afterwards, his aircraft did not rejoin the formation; he may have not pulled up after the bomb run (see pacificwrecks.com
and MACR #12924). He has a memorial in the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Purple Heart, per http://www.abmc.gov/
Jacob, John T. “Jack”
McDonald was his instructor at Douglas. S/N: O-825443. Later he was a fighter pilot assigned to several Fighter Groups (20th, 353rd, 356th, 357th, etc.) in the Eighth Air Force, flying P-47’s and P-51’s in Europe (see http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/128961
James, Herbert Webster
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826977
Jamieson, Lester Robert
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826978. He may be the person of Brookfield, OH shown here.
Jamieson, Robert L. Jr.
Unclear if this is the same person as the row above.
Jandernoa, Donald Louis
Grand Rapids, Mi.
Jansonis, Ronald J.
S/N: O-825444. While stationed at Chanute Field, IL, he was killied in a flying accident with co-pilot Francis J. Foley in a BT-13A (S/N: 42-89081) 6 miles southwest of Clyde, OH.
Jarvis, Robert F.
He graduated from Freeman Army Air Field, Indiana as a twin engine pilot with the class of 44-E (see http://www.indianamilitary.org
for his name on the graduation list). Flight Officer S/N: T-062985. He was with the 486th Bomb Group 835th Bomb Sqdn. On Jan 21, 1945, while piloting a B-17 (S/N: 42-97998, “Roanoke Magician-8”) he was killed. The plane was hit by flak returning from a mission over Germany and went down at Haute-Saone France. A monument was erected at the site in 2000 (see http://www.histavia21.net/
Jaynes, Roy T. Jr.
He graduated from Moody (S/N: O-2069376). However he was on the last training flight, as a Bombardier/Navigator, before going over seas, and they crashed. All were killed. This happened on Feb. 2, 1945 at Greenville, S.C. Army Air Base Combat Crew Training Station-B in a B-25C.
White Pine, TN
Jewell, Robert Gilmore
Bert Hood was his instructor. Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-826984. He was the pilot of B-24 Liberator bomber in the Pacific Theater per his obituary
Died May 16, 2012, age 93 per obituary.
Johnson, William Arthur
Bert Hood was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Macon, GA. Advanced at Moody Fld, Ga. S/N: O-826988. He was shot down on his first mission but was unharmed. He served in the 8th A.F. in England flying B-17’s. He flew 36 missions. Click here for his bio (as a PDF)
Jordan, Harold Kenneth
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: T-62767
Juetten, George Henry
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA.
Kast, John M.
Flight Officer S/N: T-062927. He was in the 451st Bomb Group 726th Bomb Sqdn. On Jan 15, 1945 he was killed in a flying accident in Italy in a B-24. See http://wwiimemorial.com
S/N: O-825448. He was in the 20th Fighter Group 077th Fighter Sqdn. On Dec. 6, 1944 he was killed in a flying accident in England in a P-51D (S/N: 44-11327). See http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/.
Kauffman, Chester B. Jr.
Robert Bailey was his instructor at Douglas. Chester had Basic at Cochran Field, GA and graduated from Moody Field, Ga. He was then checked out on B-24s and was sent to the Pacific.
Born Jul. 24, 1923
Died May 13, 2009
Kaul, Henry A.
S/N: O-825449. He was in the 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Sqdn. On Feb. 11, 1945 he was the pilot of a P-51D (S/N: 44-63233) on a strafing mission to Minden. On one of his passes, he hit some trees and crashed and was killed (MACR #12322). He was buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz
Kavan, Stanley John
He graduated from Moody Field, GA S/N: O-827000. He served in the 15th A.F. 463rd Bomb Grp. in Italy flying B-17’s.
Kays, Frederick Anthony Jr.
Bert Hood was his instructor. He graduated from Moody Fld, GA, S/N: O-827001. He was in the 505th Bomb Group 484th Bomb Sqdn (VHB)
Keany, Hugh J. Jr.
Born Nov. 20, 1917
Died Jul. 13, 1998
Buried Hillcrest Memorial Gardens,
Fort Pierce, FL
Kear, Franklin Foust
S/N: O-825450. He was in the 311st Fighter Group 529th Fighter Sqdn. On June 18, 1945 he was flying a P-51C (S/N: 42-103827) on a railroad sweep. He was MIA, but returned to duty at Sian, China by June 27 (MACR #14662).
Kelliher, Robert Michael
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827002. He was in the 461st Bomb Group 765th Bomb Sqdn. On Feb. 13, 1945, he was pilot of a B-24 on a mission to the marshalling yard at Maribor, Yugoslavia. His plane was hit by flak and he feathered his no. 2 engine. As he was landing back at the base, he lost his no. 1 engine and crash-landed. His navigator was killed, and he was wounded. (See http://www.461st.org/
Kerns, Leo H.
S/N: O-825453. He flew P-51s in the 20th Fighter Group 77th Fighter Sqdn.
Kerr, Erwin H.
At one time he was at the 339 Combat Crew Training Station stationed at Thomasville (GA) AAFd (when he had an accident in a P-40N, S/N: 43-24482).
Kester, John Edwin
S/N: O-824644. He was in the 055th Fighter Group 338th Fighter Sqdn after being in the 15th Fighter Group 45th Fighter Sqdn. On Aug 26, 1944 he was flying a P-51D (S/N: 44-13663) on a bomber sweep to Nancy France. He went MIA, evaded the enemy through Spain with the aid of the French Resistance, and returned to duty (MACR #8532). Then on Jan. 14, 1945 he was killed in action while flying a P-51D (S/N: 44-15405) in a bomber escort mission to Stendal, Germany. After strafing an airfield, his plane was hit by flak and he lost coolant (MACR #11855).
Ketner, Wilbert Lloyd “Will”
S/N: O-827004. Forrest Martens was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Cochran Field and graduated at Moody Field, GA. He then instructed one class at Moody. Then was checked out in B-17’s and sent to the 303rd Bomb Group, 359th Bomb Sqdn at Molesworth, England.
Kilargis, Nicholas Peter
Ben Thunnan was his instructor at Douglas. He graduated from Moody Field, Ga. He served in the C.B.I. Theatre, flying B-29’s.
Of Broomall, PA
Kitterer, Charles H.
Enlisted August 08, 1942. Graduated from Moody Fld, GA.
Probably born 1916 (although an enlistment record says 1922).
Died July 17, 1994 in Orlando, FL. Click here for obituary
Klaus, George L.
Pickett was his instructor at Douglas. He had Basic at Macon, GA and graduated from Jackson Army Airfield in Mississippi (S/N: O-825459). He was with the 8th A.F., 4th Fighter Grp. 336 Fighter Sqdn. On Nov. 21, 1944 he was flying bomber escort in a P-51B (S/N: 43-6942) to Merseberg, Germany when his plane was hit by flak. He had to bail out and was taken a P.O.W.
Joan Klaus, wife
Of Weston, CT.
Kortendick, Edward W.
S/N: O-825461. He was in the 364th Fighter Group 383rd Fighter Sqdn. On June 30, 1945 he was killed in a flying accident in Crosthwaite England in a P-51B7 (S/N: 43-6731W). He may have lost power and then hit power lines, or vice versa.
Born July 23, 1922
He is buried in Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Cemetery, Waterford, WI (See Find-A-Grave
Laforet, Henry Alexander
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827012. He was in the 445th Bomb Group 700th Bomb Sqdn
Lammers, Arthur Hartley
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827014. He was in the 97th Bomb Group 340th Bomb Sqdn. On Nov. 17, 1944 he was pilot of a B-17G (S/N: #42-107065) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Brux, Czechoslovakia. On the way to the target, 2 engines caught on fire. It may have been that fire broke out in the electrical circuits on the flight deck. About 8 of the crew bailed out. The plane crashed into the sea off the north coast of Italy. He was MIA and later declared dead (MACR #09877). Five of the crew survived the crash.
St. Louis, MO
Leatherman, Joseph Francis
He graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827025. He served over seas and flew B-24’s.
Lewis, George Harold
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827016
Loetscher, Edward Arthur
S/N: O-825466. He was in the 020th Fighter Group 055th Fighter Sqdn. On Nov 9, 1944 he was flying a P-51D (S/N: 44-13715) on a mission to Heidelberg. As the flight made a right turn, his belly tank fell off, causing his plane to flip over and crash into the ground. He was killed.
Loucks, Robert D.
He was in the 057th Fighter Group 064th Fighter Sqdn
Louwers, Robert J.
He flew P-51’s in the Pacific and was based on Iwo Jima in the 021st Fighter Group 046th Fighter Sqdn flying P-51s. Previous to that he was at the Sarasota AAFd Combat Crew Training Sqdn-F. After the War he stayed in the Reserve until he made Capt.
Mary Alice Louwers, wife.
Of Northville, MT.
For a picture of his fighter, click here
Magnan, Norman G.
Sam Topous was his instructor. He served in China during WWII. Made a career of the Air Force. He retired as a Lt. Col.
Born Jan. 4, 1919
Died Sep. 23, 1996 (see Find-A-Grave
Of Chicopee, MA.
Mangine, Leonard P.
He became a technician at the rank of TEC4.
Born Dec. 16, 1923
Died Aug. 21, 1997
Buried Florida National Cemetery
Marek, Rudolph Joseph Jr.
Per his obituary (Miami Herald, The (FL) – Sunday, April 13, 2014): “aka Rudy or ‘Uncle Buddy’ was a war hero, pilot (Lt. Colonel Air Force – flew in 3 wars) & a man of great integrity. He always had a great story to tell!” His wife, Betty Depew Marek, preceded him in death by 10 years was also placed with Rudy at the National Cemetery Lake Worth, FL with a military honors ceremony.
Born 5/28/1923 Astoria, NY
Died 4/3/2014 Miami, FL.
McCabe, Michael J.
He became a navigator in the 307th Bomb Group 424th Bomb Sqdn (see Selman Field During WWII by Turner Publishing)
Died April 26, 2005
McGee, William J.
S/N: O-825478. He was in the 020th Fighter Group 055th Fighter Sqdn. On Feb 20, 1945 he was the pilot of a P-51D (S/N: 44-13905). He became a P.O.W. in Stalag Luft 7A near Nurenburg, Germany (MACR #12548).
McNamara, Carroll Joseph
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: T-62771, then O-926914. He was in the 456th Bomb Group 745th Bomb Sqdn. He received the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.
New Haven, CT.
Meade, Frederick S.
He was a navigator in the 301st Bomb Group 032nd Bomb Sqdn. On Dec. 26, 1944 he was on a mission to Blechammer Germany. As they began their bomb run, the plane was hit by flak. They managed to fly to Russian territory and crash-landed. He and the rest of the crew became evaders. It took about 52 days to return to their 32nd Squadron stationed in Italy. See http://32ndbombsquadron.com
. He received the Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters and the D.F.C. with oak leaf cluster.
Mehrtens, William Raymond
Mikolajczyk, Stanislaus L.
Graduated from Moody Field (S/N: O-827029). He was a B-24 pilot with 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Sqdn based at Hardwick, England.
May 8, 1919 – January 13, 2012
Wife: Wendy (Gwodz)
Click here for his obituary
Parsons, Bob E.
S/N: O-825266. While at Drew Field Replacement Training Unit, Tampa, FL on Aug. 2, 1944 he was injured in a B-17G accident.
Retired disabled 10/14/48 from USAF
Peterburs, Joseph A.
He graduated from Napier Field, Alabama. He was trained on P-40s. He was sent on the ship, Ile De France, to Kings Cliff RAF Station in England. He was in the 20th Fighter Group, 55th Fighter Squadron, flying P-51s, escorting bombers on their missions and defending against German fighter attacks. He flew 49 missions and 269 combat hours.
He also served in Korea. For more information about his interesting war experiences, click here
He appears in the Squadron 11 picture at the top of this page.
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-1553164. He was in the 463rd Bomb Group 774th Bomb Sqdn
for a picture of his crew.
Skibinski, Edward W.
From Cook Co., IL.
Snyder, John Albert
He had basic at Macon, GA and graduated from Moody Field, GA. F/O T62775. He flew in Italy in B-24’s (15th A.F., 98th Bomb Gp., 345 Bomb Sqdn (H). On Sept 12, 1944, he was co-pilot on a B-24J (S/N: 44-40324) on a mission to Germany when his plane was out of position and was attempting to get back into position. It collided with another ship, sending both planes into spins with pieces flying off. Only he and one other crew member survived. His leg was hurt, and he was carried out by his fellow crewmember (MACR #8748). He was a P.O.W. for one year.
Soleau, Raymond H.
S/N: O-830565. He was with the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group flying P-51s out of Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, England. On Feb. 25, 1945 flying a P-51 (Serial number 44-11197), he went missing on a mission to the Magdeburg area. The squadron had a skirmish with some FW-190s, and Soleau was heard to call on the intercom “Nuthouse” and say “I may have to set this ship down.” He was MIA and later declared KIA (MACR 12742).
He appears in the Squadron 11 picture at the top of this page.
Specker, Arthur Henry Jr.
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827065. He was in the 460th Bomb Group 763rd Bomb Sqdn. On Aug. 2, 1944, he was the co-pilot of a B-24G (S/N: 42-78301) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Genoa, Italy. About 20 minutes before “bombs away”, his plane had problems and dropped its bombs. No. 1 and 2 engines were feathered. The crew bailed out off the coast of LaSpezia Italy. Specker either drowned or was hit by flak aimed at Allied fighters (MACR #07528).
Springfield, Cecil Lomax Jr.
Sprouse, Ernest Marion
Ashley DuPraw was his instructor. He was delayed to class 44D at Basic at Cochran. He graduated from Napier Fld, AL. S/N: O-830568. Then to P-47’s, transition and gunnery. He served in France and Germany with the 9th A. F. 406th Fighter Group, 512th Sqdn. He flew 53 missions.
Rock Hill, S.C.
Squires, Delbert Louis
From his obituary: he was a “pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps”
East Hartford, CT
Died July 16, 1999
Wife: E. Ruth Squires
Stewart, Forrest Jeremiah
He graduated from Moody Fld, GA. He had Basic at Cochran Field, GA and graduated from Moody Field, GA. Later he was in the 423rd Bomb Sqdn. 306th Bomb Group flying B-17’s.
The Woodlands, TX
Stout, Therell Asbury
He was in the 20th AF Bomb Group flying B-29s in the Pacific Theater. He achieved the rank of U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel. See Find-A-Grave
Born Apr. 18, 1922
Died Jan. 13, 2011
Wife: Louise Harris Stout
Sullivan, John H.
Ken Landis was his instructor
Taylor, Robert B.
S/N: O-825508. He had training at Millville AAFd Replacement Training Unit flying P-47’s.
Thomas, Kessler O.
S/N: O-830579. He was in the 339th Fighter Group 505th Fighter Sqdn. He was killed in action on Feb 6, 1945 in England.
Threlkeld, Walter Fred
S/N: O-826800. After the War he became a Major and served as a Commander of Detachment 2, 1000th Satellite Operations Group (per a web site that is no longer running). He is documented as a Captain in the USAF reserves in 1958.
Buried in Nacoochee Meth Church Cemetery, which is located in Sautee Nacoochee, GA.
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA S/N: O-827080. He was in the 15th AF 82nd Fighter Group as a pilot.
Trotta, Leonard Richard
Leonard had basic at Macon, and graduated from Moody Field, GA. S/N: O-827082. He went to England with the 8th A.F. 445th Bomb Group 702nd Bomb Sqdn, flying B-24’s.
Tuech, Thomas Eugene
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827085. He was in the 19th Bomb Group 28th Bomb Sqdn (VHB). Click here
for picture and mission info.
Turbyfill, Carl Mitchell Jr.
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827086. He served his country for 27 years as an Air Force pilot during World War II, the Berlin airlift, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He retired from the Air Force in 1969.
Died August 13, 2003 at age 80 in Weston, FL. A native of Catawba County, NC.
Uterhart, Carl W.
Van Derhoof, John H. Jr.
S/N: O-829346. He was in the 453rd Bomb Group 734th Bomb Sqdn. On Nov. 11, 1944 he was co-pilot of a B-24H (S/N: 42-95167) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Bottrop, Germany. The plane was hit by flak before reaching the target. Number three engine, bomb bay and command deck were on fire. The crew bailed out. Van Derhoof was unconscious and was pushed out the nose wheel hatch. He was captured by the Germans and became a P.O.W. in Stalag Luft 1 (MACR #10342).
to see an account of his being shot down.
Van Opdorp, Harold Richard
He graduated from Moody Field, Ga. He flew B-17’s in WWII in the 398th Bomb Group 602nd Bomb Sqdn and also went back to Korea. He ended his career as a Captain.
Born: Nov. 29, 1922
Died: Sep. 6, 1999
Jane Van Opdorp, wife.Fulton, N.Y.
for his picture and more info.
Warren, Edwin Kenneth
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827097. He was assigned to the 461st Bomb Group 767th Bomb Sqdn on Aug. 23, 1944.
Click here for his picture with crew.
Waterman, Leo Francis
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827099. He was in the 459th Bomb Group 759th Bomb Sqdn.
for a crew picture.
Weaver, William Sylvenus
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827100. He was in the 484th Bomb Group 824th Bomb Sqdn. He was awarded the D.F.C.
Weber, John Pierre
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827101. He was a B-17 pilot with 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Sqdn based at Glatton, England
Wheeler, Franklin D.
Whiting, Charles H.
Wilkinson, William Andrew Jr.
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827106
Williams, George Bruce
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827108. He was in the 094th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Sqdn. On Oct 7, 1944 he was the pilot of a B-17G (S/N: 42-39896) with a crew of 9 on a mission to Bohlen, Germany and was killed in action (MACR #09554).
Williams, Robert David
Rundlett was his instructor in Douglas. He was in the 10th Squadron (see photo above). Graduated from Moody Fld, Ga. S/N: O-827109. He flew 30 combat missions in England, in B-17’s. Then 107 missions in F-80’s over Korea and 45 missions in A-37’s and F-5’s during the Vietnam conflict. He retired a a Colonel in 1974. Click here for his bio
Born Sept 22, 1919.
Wolfe, Donald Robert
He graduated from Moody Field, Ga. S/N: O-827115. He was in the 464th Bomb Group 779th Bomb Sqdn. On Jan. 20, 1945 he was co-pilot of a B-24J (S/N: 42-78590) on a target near Trieste, Italy. The plane returned from the mission with one engine out. On the final approach the aircraft seemed to stall in mid-air and then spin into the ground. Two occupants of the aircraft bailed out before the aircraft hit the ground, but the other men remained with the aircraft and were either killed or seriously injured. Wolfe was injured but survived.
Eventually rose to the rank of Major
Adeline Wolfe, wife.
Of Nitro, W.Va.
Wolff, John Keyes
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827116. He was in the 454th Bomb Group 737th Bomb Sqdn. On Dec. 18, 1944 he was pilot of a B-24H (S/N: 42-52264) with a crew of 10 on a mission to Oswiecim Oil Refinery, Poland. His plane was damaged and went into a dive due to carburator icing, preventing some of the crew from bailing out. Also the bail out bell and radio failed. Three engines were out. Realizing that three crewmen had been trapped with no knowledge of the bail-out order, he attempted in a desperate and heroic effort to land the crippled aircraft but hit a sharp incline. He was thrown through the windshield and was killed. Two others were killed; one survived and crawled through a hole in the side of the fuselage (MACR #10686). Wolff posthumously received the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Born Aug. 2, 1923
He was buried in the Greek Orthodox Church Cemetery in the town of Palanka, Yugoslavia on Dec. 21. He was later moved to Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Lazio Italy.
For an account of his valor and his picture, see Find-A-Grave.
Woodward, Joseph D. Jr.
Enlisted February 20, 1943
Born 1921 in New Jersey.
From Escambia County, Florida at time of enlistment.
Wynn, George Alan
Graduated from Moody Fld, GA. S/N: O-827118. He was in the 465th Bomb Group 783rd Bomb Sqdn. On Oct. 4, 1944 he was co-pilot of a B-24J (S/N: 44-41082) with a crew of 10 on a bombing mission to Munich, Germany. Just after the plane’s bomb bay doors were opened, it was hit in the right side of the fuselage next to the fuel tanks. The wing dropped off and the plane exploded (MACR #09139). All were killed, and he was buried in Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, France.