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19 May 1944 Mission #87 Target: Brunswick

Due to bad weather locally and over Germany, missions briefed for the 16th and 17th were cancelled before take-off with the familiar "Alamogordo" announcement, the cancellation code word used on the ground, given to the crews at the aircraft. In this period, increased ground security was the order of the day with the coming Allied invasion. A Mobile Defense Unit had been formed to cope with base penetrators or a paratroop attack. Crew gunners were assigned to man the top turrets of the bombers during alerts and personnel were rechecked for proper use of gas masks, weapons and other survival equipment just in case of a ground attack. On the 19th, the assigned target was the Waggum airfield just outside Brunswick and this mission was to be marked with significant Group losses in aircrew personnel and aircraft. At 0600, (28) aircrews were briefed with the 577th and 578th Squadrons selected as lead. Lieutenants Conners and Joachim were the respective Lead Bombardiers. At 0905 hours, (28) ships began take-offs with one squadron assigned to fly high right off of the 492nd and the other the same formation position off of the 44th Bomb Group. The Group finally had (23) ships over the target area, releasing (312) 500# GP bombs in the railroad marshalling yards on the southwest side of the city. An estimated (150) enemy fighters were waiting for the entire 14th Combat Wing, conducting relentless nose on, level attacks through the formations, six and seven fighters line-abreast, then, reversing their attacks from tail astern. The enemy fighters hit the Groups around 1233 hours, just as the IP was reached, and continued for about forty-five minutes before breaking off around 1320 hours. During this period, also, flak over the target was severe between fighter attacks with the 392nd losing (3) bombers and crews from the combination of enemy reaction. From the 578th in aircraft #060, Lieutenant R. J. Lang’s crew was last seen at 1324 hours, position 5204N-1046E, after a fighter attack from astern, in a spin from which the ship recovered with no chutes spotted. In #129 from the 576th, Lieutenant D. D. Prell was last seen under fighter attack and damaged at 1328 hours, position 5217N-1032E. Five chutes were seen just before the ship went into a steep dive. In the 579th, Lieutenant C. L. Felsenthal’s crew in #474 was last spotted at 1324 after a fighter attack, damaged, with (6) chutes being observed. In addition to the loss of these (3) ships, (7) others were badly battle damaged. The survivors returned to base around 1700 hours. Eleven fighters were claimed.

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19 MAY 1944
TARGET: BRUNSWICK

AIRCREW REPORT: #04925 AIRCRAFT: #42-95060 (NO NICKNAME) "A-Bar" 4th Mission

AIRCREW: LANG     *     SQUADRON: 578th

CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P   2/LT Lang, Robert J.      KIA
CP 2/LT Skaggs, Robert L. KIA
N l/LT Reinoehl, Wilbur T. KIA
NG S/SGT Rudnitsky, Bud E. KIA
R/O S/SGT Sokol, Alexander R. KIA
A/RO SGT Hughes, Claude H. KIA
EnG S/SGT Coplin, Guy R. KIA
WG S/SGT Verzyl, Rayford R. KIA
WG S/SGT Brown, Robert T. KIA
TG S/SGT Richter, Ernest R. KIA

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: A returning crew eyewitness stated that the Lang aircraft was attacked from the tail position which forced the ship into a spin from which it later recovered; no parachutes were seen. German ground report Message 580, source "LSCU" and dated 22 May, was sent to Oberursel with these details: the plane was shot down by a fighter at 1340 hours on 19 May near Gevensleben, Germany. The ship was 95% destroyed in the crash and the bodies of seven crew men were found dead in the wreckage. "Others" had likely jumped.

When the Army investigated the crash after the war, German eyewitnesses stated that the bomber was at about 5,000 meters altitude, on fire and heading east to west when it suddenly blew up. The bomber descended in several different pieces, all within a one-mile radius.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: There were no survivors on this aircrew.

BURIAL RECORDS: German report KU1907 identified a total of eight dead American crew members-seven from the Lang plane and one, S/Sgt Norman C. Krapf, from the Felsenthal crew. (Information about S/Sgt Krapf is in MACR #4936 which follows.) Three members of the Lang crew were not listed on this report-1/Lt Reinoehl, S/Sgt Verzyl and S/Sgt Brown. Seven dead airmen from the Lang aircrew were buried in the village cemetery at Gevensleben near Helmstedt on 20 May 1944. A different German report said S/Sgt Richter was buried later on 27 May at 0900 hours in the same cemetery site. No record exists on the burial of the three remaining crew men.

On U.S.overseas cemetery records, the following men were reinterred at the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Netherlands: Lang (Grave M-15-11), no medals noted; Skaggs (Grave N-12-12); Sokol (Grave K-11-13) with an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster awarded and the Purple Heart; Coplin (Grave C-11-15) with the Air Medal awarded and a Purple Heart; Hughes (Grave C-21-3) with no medal award notations; and Rudnitsky (Grave P-20-10) with an Air Medal and the Purple Heart awarded. 2/Lt Reinoehl, S/Sgt Verzyl, and S/Sgt Richter are interred at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Section I Site 172.

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MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #04936   AIRCRAFT: #41-29474 (NO NICKNAME) "M" 11th Mission

AIRCREW: FELSENTHAL     *     SQUADRON: 579th

CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P    2/LT Felsenthal, Charles L. KIA
CP 2/LT Zanini, Olympio C. KIA
N 2/LT Valley, Wilbur L. KIA
B 2/LT Babb, Lonnie L. Jr. KIA
R/O S/SGT Krapf, Norman C. KIA
A/RO SGT Schaefer, Lee A. KIA
EnG S/SGT Doty, Amos E. KIA
TG SGT Trappe, William H.A. KIA
WG SGT Cuervo, Frederick J. KIA
WG SGT Hayden, Quinton R. KIA

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: A returning eye-witness account stated that this aircraft had come under attack by single enemy fighters, tad on and that (6) parachutes were seen immediately thereafter. No other details were given in this MACA concerning friendly force accounts about this aircrew. A German Report #KU1834 did shed some light on the crew’s fate following the fighter attacks: that this plane was shot down by a fighter near Hessen, (21) kilometers northwest of Wernigerode and that it had exploded in mid-air. Parts of the aircraft were scattered over a (1) kilometer area; and with exception of the elevator control, the ship was over 90% destroyed with the fuselage and wings burnt down. This report went on to relate aspects about the plane’s armor and bullet-proof glass in that armor plating which was found was (13) and (16) millimeters thick and the glass around the tail turret was (53) mm in thickness. It further noted that no high explosives were found in the wreckage, but (10) 50-caliber machine guns were recovered.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: There were no crew survivors on this loss.

BURIAL RECORDS: German ground reports disclosed the following information about certain crew members who were found in the vicinity of the crashed plane: Report #KU1 894, Air Base Headquarters A(o) 13/Ill at Halberstadt, reported finding of the bodies of Lts. Felsenthal, Valley, and S/Sgt Doty and some of their personal property. This report further noted that these crew men had been buried at 2200 hours on the day of this mission, 19 May, along with (6) other unidentified casualties whose remains could not be positively identified due to burned conditions. A fourth member, Sgt Cuervo, was later identified and he was buried as the ninth member in the village cemetery at Veltheim. As recorded in the earlier aircrew loss, that of Lt Lang’s crew, S/Sgt Krapf the Radio Operator on the Felsenthal aircrew, was located and cited in the Lang MACR as having been buried by the Germans in a village cemetery west of Gross-Win nigstedt, (19) kilometers southwest of Wolfenbuettel on 20 May 1944, thus accounting for the (10) members of Lt. Felsenthal’s crew. U.S. National Cemetery records for overseas locations reflect the following on this crew: Krapf, re-interred at MARGRATEN, (Grave G-19-18) posthumously awards given not noted; Doty, also in MARGRATEN (Grave L-3-9), with a Purple Heart award post humously; Schaefer, re-interred at the ARDENNES cemetery near Liege, (Grave C-14-30), no awards noted posthumously; and Trappe, also at ARDENNES (Grave A-34-40) with the Air Medal awarded in addition to the Purple Heart. 2/Lt Valley and 2/Lt Babb are interred in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Section F Site 53. The ultimate re-interment of Lt. Felsenthal, Lt. Valley, and Sgt Cuervo is unknown as there is no record in the MACA research. Nothing exists of record on the remaining members who were never identified, but were placed in graves by the Germans.

NEXT OF KIN DATA IN WWII: Felsenthal (Mother, Mary J., Route #1, Fillmore California); Zanini (Mother, Mary R, 1001 Fellis Street, Johnston City, Illinois); Valley (Mother, Jessie Diana, Mexico, New York ); Babb (Mother, Alice B., Route #6, Milledgeville, Georgia); Hayden (Wife, Mildred, Clinchfield Station Rural, Marion, North Carolina); Cuervo (Mother, Mary,1 06-20th Avenue, San Mateo, California); Trappe (Father, Milton H., Ridgewater Post Office, Annapolis, Maryland); Doty (Wife, Ruby E., Fort Henry, Tennessee); Schaefer (Mother, Ruth C., 776 Belle Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio); Krapf (Father, Carl E., RFD #3, Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

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MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #5096  AIRCRAFT: #41-29129 (NO NICKNAME) "A" 43rd Mission

AIRCREW: PRELL     *     SQUADRON: 576th

CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P    2/LT Prell, Donald.        KIA
CP 2/LT Weiss, Daniel B. KIA
N 2/LT Stetson, Hervey E. POW
NG S/SGT Simila, Wilho (NMI) KIA
R/O T/SGT Byler, Harvey J. KIA
A/RO S/SGT Edwards, DeMur S. KIA
EnG T/SGT Backus, Donald G. KIA
TG S/SGT Dreher, John F. KIA
G S/SGT Pearson, Bryan T. KIA
G S/SGT Riley, Albert J. Jr. POW

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: An eye-witness report from returning aircrews stated that this aircraft was lost to enemy fighter attacks over the target and that men began bailing cut with a total of (5) parachutes seen before the ship went into a dive. A German ground report #KU 1893, 20 May at 0245 hours reported to higher headquarters that this aircraft was shot down at 1315 hours, 19 May, at Abbenrode, (6.5) kilometers north of Bad Harzburg, Germany; that it was shot down by an Me-109 fighter and that casualties found at the crash site will be buried at the Abbenrode village cemetery on 20 May at 1600 hours. It noted further that (2) crew men had been taken as prisoners: Lt. Stetson, Hervey E., SN 0-685873 and Sgt. Riley, Albert J., SN 32574639. The report also stated that two of the dead found could not be identified due the burned condition of bodies (Note: these (2) crew men turned out to be S/Sgt. Simila, the Nose Gunner, and S/Sgt. Dreher, Assistant Engineer-Gunner, initially, but a follow-on enemy report on 21 May at 2250 hours from Air Base Headquarters A(o) 13/Ill at Halberstedt finally identified the body of Sgt. Simila, as well as the other (6) crew members dead, thus leaving only the body of Sgt. Dreher as the one not being positively identified. This latter conclusion was also stated in War Department letter from the Chief, Office of Information Services and dated 12 February 1946 to a Congressman William W. Colmar’s query regarding another of this aircrew, S/Sgt Pearson. These German reports noted also the capture of Lt. Stetson and Sgt. Riley on the same day of their mission, 19 May, at 1320 hours at the village of Stapelburg, some five minutes after their plane had been shot down, as reported.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: A somewhat detailed report (Casualty Questionnaire), was completed by 2/Lt. Stetson about this crew loss and the mission in general after his release from POW status in June 1945. He rendered an informative account on his fellow crew members as to their status in the plane just before bailing out himself: that the Pilot, Prell, was in the pilot’s seat and alive at that moment, having just spoken to him about two minutes prior before the interphone system went out; that he knew of only one other member who did manage to bail out also, S/Sgt Riley, Waist Gunner, and that he (Stetson) had no exact knowledge concerning the others abandoning the ship. He noted that when their plane left the formation, they were flying between Brunswick and Magdeburg. In regard to the mission tactics followed at and over the target of Brunswick, Lt. Stetson gave a rather detailed account of what actually took place by the bomber formations, depicting such diagrammatically with notations: "I feel that our Wing’s activity on May 19, 1944 was rather odd. We were to bomb Brunswick with the rest of the 2nd Bomb Division, Eighth AF, and to follow this course:" (rough diagram reflected a route-in just north of the target city, then a turn directly of ninety degrees to a south heading for the briefed bomb run, followed then by turns westerly to egress the target area and the return route outbound to England). "Instead, our Wing made a ‘360’ degree turn over the city after (his underlining) we had dropped our bombs - and made another bomb run (rough diagram shows this ‘360’ turn by the formation to the right back over the city complex to re-intercept the original bomb run course of (180) degrees over the briefed target). "We were shot down near the spot represented by the #1 (symbol) in this sketch." (his symbology was placed to the northeast of Brunswick toward Magdeburg). "This unexplained extra run resulted in our loss, and because our fighter support had gone on with the remainder of the 2nd Division, we were easy prey for approximately (250) German fighter aircraft. I imagine that our Wing suffered heavy losses through this mishandling of the situation by our Wing leader of that day". (End of quotes, and Notes: The 392nd formation this day and specifically the squadron element in which Lt Prell’s aircraft was assigned to fly was a position in the 14th Combat Wing of High Right off the 492nd Bomb Group out of North Pickenham. The 392nd’s other squadron element flew High Right off the 44th Bomb Group of the Wing on this raid, both elements being the only 392nd commitments and assigned positions on 19 May 1944. The 14th CW suffered very heavy losses this date on this mission to Brunswick, where the entire Division was assigned to bomb. The Wing lost a total of (11) Liberators and crews, (8) of which were the 492nd Bomb Group’s in addition to the (3) from the 392nd. The third Group of the 1 4CW, the 44th, had no losses on this raid (Statistical reference from the ‘Mighty Eighth War Diary’ by Roger Freeman). Most all of the Prell crew were on their 17th mission according to the MACA file.

BURIAL RECORDS: The German reports stated that burial of all (8) crew member casualties took place on 20 May 1944 at 1600 hours in the village cemetery at Abbenrode. U.S. National Cemetery records reflect the following: Lt. Prell was reinterred subsequently at the ARDENNES Cemetery (Grave D-3-31) and the Air Medal awarded with two Oak Leaf Clusters is noted, however no Purple Heart citation is indicated. There are no other U.S. overseas National Cemetery records which indicate re-burials of the remaining crew men in Europe.

NEXT OF KIN DATA IN WWII: MACR data notes the following: Prell (Mother, Fannie J. Osceola, Nebraska); Weiss (Father, Morris, 601 West 110th Street, New York, New York); Stetson (Wife, Claire, 53 Westbury Park, Watertown, Connecticut); Simila (Sister, Laura Bnshay, 14683 Cloverdale, Detroit, Michigan); Byler (Father, Raymond N. Fenton, 5909 Moms Road, South Euclid, Ohio); Edwards (Father, 1111 South State, Salt Lake City, Utah); Backus (Mother, Bertha M., 817 South 49th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Dreher (Mother, lva L., 2425 Evans Street, Toledo, Ohio); Pearson (Wife, Ellen A., 1605 Fer~ Street, Gulfport, Mississippi); and Riley (Wife, Ann K., 1502 Dudley Avenue, Utica, New York).




CASUALTIES NOT LISTED IN MACR

S/SGT Evans, Granville B. (TG) 577th KIA

S/Sgt. Evans was a tail gunner flying on 2/Lt. N.J. Hunt’s crew on this mission to Brunswick. The Group had come under relentless enemy fighter attacks on this raid which led to this crew member’s fatality. No others on this aircrew were casualties. The crew was flying in B-24J Model #42-99990, Call Letter "B-Bar" and nicknamed "SHORT SNORTER" which ship had just been assigned to the 579th earlier in May. (Note: This plane later was to crash near Manston, Kent, on 2 August 1944 on a mission to Corbie with Lt. Sewell’s crew). There is no record on any burial of Sgt. Evans in any U.S. National overseas plot.

42-99990 damage 19 May 44
This photo shows the tail turret on #42-99990 where S/Sgt Evans was killed. The right gun barrel appears to have exploded, and the brace on the right side of the turret has been completely destroyed.

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19 MAY 1944

MISSION #87      Target: Brunswick



19 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 129

P Prell, D.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Weiss, D.B. 2nd Lt.
N Stetson, H.E. 2nd Lt.
NG Simila, W. S/Sgt.
E Backus, D.G. T/Sgt.
R Byler, H.J. T/Sgt.
RW Edwards, D.S. S/Sgt.
LW Riley, A.J. S/Sgt.
BT Pearson, B.T. S/Sgt.
TG Dreher, J.F. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 070

P Stoltz, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Paine, A.E. 2nd Lt.
N Anderson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
B Dahl, C.R. Sgt.
E Vowels, L.J. S/Sgt.
R Coolidge, D.B. T/Sgt.
RW Cole, M.A. Sgt.
LW Crowley, C.J. S/Sgt.
BT Torres, E.J. S/Sgt.
TG Courtney, R.J. S/Sgt.  (wounded)

19 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 097

P Johnston, H.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Merriam, H. 2nd Lt.
N Berman, M. 2nd Lt.
B Moos, A.J. 2nd Lt.
E Zonza, F.S. S/Sgt.
R Thompson, T.E. S/Sgt.
RW Mackin, L.B. S/Sgt.
LW Ferry, C.W. S/Sgt.
BT Planakis, B.J. S/Sgt.
TG Porter, J.M. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 131

P Wittel, E.F. 1st Lt.
CP Marsters, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Karl, J.F. 1st Lt.
B Zuk, J.C. 1st Lt.
E Cannada, V.P. T/Sgt.
R Jeffcoat, C.M. T/Sgt.
RW Prost, B.J. S/Sgt.
LW Williams, R.F. S/Sgt.
BT Lancaster, P.M. S/Sgt.
TG Roti, D.A. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 772 (no mission credit)

P Meighen, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Mason, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Plunkett, F.A. 2nd Lt.
NG Wimberly, W.G. S/Sgt.
E Austin, L.D. T/Sgt.
R Epstein, B.B. T/Sgt.
RW Bode, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW MacDonell, K.A.. S/Sgt.
BT Kuhns, R.H. S/Sgt
TG Cuevas, D.E. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 027

P Jones, G.E. 1st Lt.
CP Faas, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Morris, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Thomas, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Bodoh, A.E. T/Sgt.
R McAdams, R.E. T/Sgt.
RW Marvin, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Lane, T. S/Sgt.
BT Surber, W.C. S/Sgt.
TG Rossi, V.H. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 433

P Bratton, K.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Hurd, W.F. 2nd Lt.
N Colbrook, W.L. 2nd Lt.
NG Gereben, A. Sgt.
E Simmons, W.W. S/Sgt.
R Lennert, B.J. S/Sgt.
RW Kirkpatrick, H.K. S/Sgt.
LW Friemuth, H.E. Sgt.
BT Simpson, C.S. Sgt.
TG Hamilton, W.S. Sgt.

19 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 243

P Bradford, M.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Holben, W.P. 2nd Lt.
N Maxfield, W.P. 2nd Lt.
NG Barber, D.O. Sgt.
E Chapman, K.W. T/Sgt.
R O'Brien, W.W. T/Sgt.
RW Reausaw, F.M. Sgt.
LW Macklin, C.D. T/Sgt.
BT Wakelee, D.L. S/Sgt.
TG Yanora, M.R. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 287

P Larsen, N.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Stratton, C.R. 2nd Lt.
N O'Neill, T.J. 2nd Lt.
B Hiller, T.B. 2nd Lt.
E Robinson, W.F. S/Sgt.
R Fox, H.H. T/Sgt.
RW Whitt, C.G. Sgt.
LW Cristofaro, G.J. Sgt.
BT Barker, D.G. Sgt.
TG Prazak, S.J. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 040

P Monroe, D.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Neill, C.W. 2nd Lt.
N Beezley, D.D. 2nd Lt.
NG Lucas, L.M. S/Sgt.
E Holmes, E.T. T/Sgt.
R Lancy, N.J. T/Sgt.
RW Hall, G.E. Sgt.
LW Dilley, P.E. S/Sgt.
BT Wambach, J. Sgt.
TG Desonne, M. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 415

P Copp, R.D. Capt.
CP Francine, J.L. Maj.
N Birnbaum, S.I. 2nd Lt.
N Sackler, H.J. 2nd Lt.
B Connery, M.J. 2nd Lt.
E Hodge, G.L. T/Sgt.
R Bisnett, B.R. T/Sgt.
RW Matthews. A.D. S/Sgt.
LW Hohman, H. S/Sgt.
BT Nowicki, M.M. S/Sgt.
TG Noone, T.E. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164

P Larson, L.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Prys, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Graham, G.R. 2nd Lt.
B Larson, R.N. 2nd Lt.
E Carter, H.C. S/Sgt.
R Cullins, T.F. S/Sgt.
RW Stark, E.C. Jr. Sgt.
LW Selden, F. Sgt.
BT Gage, R. Jr. Sgt.
TG Strother, C.E. Sgt.

19 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 867

P Abell, G.W. 1st Lt.
CP Eldridge, M.C. 2nd Lt.
N Roberts, M.C. 2nd Lt.
B Lawrence, J.S. 2nd Lt.
E Tryboski, L.E. T/Sgt.
R Nemeth, P.J. T/Sgt.
RW Horton, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Hawes, J.C. S/Sgt.
BT Manville, F.E. S/Sgt.
TG Moore, J.R. S/Sgt.
Benenson, M. 2nd Lt.

19 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 012

P Slipp, F.E. 1st Lt.
CP Jensen, A.H. 1st Lt.
N Schofield, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B Walz, H.R. Sgt.
E McKinley, W.C. T/Sgt.
R Lorenzen, W.H. T/Sgt.
RW Sawyer, G.H. T/Sgt.
LW White, F.A. S/Sgt.
BT Buzick, J.M. S/Sgt.
TG Cordick, D.H. Sgt.

19 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 338

P Stroble, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Slafka, C.M. 2nd Lt.
N Daniels, A.S. 2nd Lt.
NG Haukom, C.B. S/Sgt.
E Vassey, E.E. T/Sgt.
R Bull, F.L. S/Sgt.
RW Spika, C.J. S/Sgt.
LW Vickery, P.C. S/Sgt.
BT Brent, L.H. S/Sgt.
TG Vetrano, A. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 764

P Morefield, H.F. 1st Lt.
CP Buchanan, R.P. 1st Lt.
N McSweeney, J.D. 2nd Lt.
NG Hardy, E.C. S/Sgt.  
E Kottke, A.H. T/Sgt.
R Whitmore, B. Jr. T/Sgt.
RW White, T. S/Sgt.
LW Morris, J.A. S/Sgt.
BT Harris, J.N. S/Sgt.
TG Eckert, J.A. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 163

P Roberts, A.M. 2nd Lt.
CP Houtz, G.B. 2nd Lt.
N Prentice, C.L. 2nd Lt.
B Hart, D.R. 2nd Lt.
E Rojas, Y. S/Sgt.
R Lippert, K.A. S/Sgt.
RW Blaise, E.W. Sgt.
LW Weiderholt, K.J. Sgt.
   (seriously wounded)
BT Collins, R.R. S/Sgt.
TG Pryor, M.L. Sgt.

19 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 002

P Eisermann, G.O. 1st Lt.
CP Fothergill, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Smith, J.W. 2nd Lt.
B Yacavone, J.P. 2nd Lt.
E Cook, E.J. S/Sgt.
R Davis, R.D. T/Sgt.
RW Hall, N.L. S/Sgt.
LW McGlinn, M.J. S/Sgt.
BT Jenkins, R.N. S/Sgt.
TG Coleman, E.B. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 060

P Lang, R.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Skaggs, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Reinoehl, W.T. 2nd Lt.
NG Rudnitsky, B.E. Sgt.
E Verzyl, R.R. S/Sgt.
R Sokol, A.R. S/Sgt.
RW Coplin, G.R. Sgt.
LW Hughes, C.H. Sgt.
BT Brown, R.T. Sgt.
TG Richter, E.R. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 604

P Sabourin, R.E. 1st Lt.
CP Amble, E.F. 2nd Lt.
N Lipschitz, J. F/O
B Singleton, W.T. 2nd Lt.
E Hollien, F.J. S/Sgt.
R Spagnola, J.T. Pfc.
RW Mateski, W.J. S/Sgt.
LW Robbins, K.H. S/Sgt.
BT Mahon, E.M. S/Sgt.
TG Moran, E.J. S/Sgt.
NG McRight, W.O. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478

P Fletcher, R.E. 1st Lt.
CP McCarthy, C.G. 1st Lt.
N Keck, R.W. 1st Lt.
B Joachim, W.F. 1st Lt.
E Edwards, C.E. T/Sgt.
R Biska, S.L. S/Sgt.
RW Turner, L.F. S/Sgt.
LW Osborne, J.H. S/Sgt.
BT Humphreys, E.E. S/Sgt.
TG Wilk, H. S/Sgt.
NG Hersh, A. 1st Lt.

19 May 1944 579th Sqd.
A/C 789

P Darnell, J.F. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Slagle, E.E. 2nd Lt.
N Stasney, A.J. 1st Lt.
B Lory, R.C. 2nd Lt.
E Whitaker, J.W. T/Sgt.
R Mandel, R.F. T/Sgt.
RW Rego, M.A. S/Sgt.
LW Sundo, J.R. S/Sgt.
BT Courtney, E.J. Sgt.
TG Ward, L.E. Sgt.

19 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308

P Schumacher, R.L 1st Lt.
CP Prouse, H.W. 2nd Lt.
N Fitzsimmons, R.E. 2nd Lt.
B Kennedy, T. 1st Lt.
E Pearson, W.M. T/Sgt.
R Sullivan, W. Jr. T/Sgt.
RW Hargrave, R.O. S/Sgt.
LW Hixon, R.D. S/Sgt.
BT Quick, L.I. S/Sgt.
TG McEwan, D.L. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990

P Hunt, N.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Roetzel, P.B. 2nd Lt.
N Shelton, O.W. 2nd Lt.
B Sullivan, F.J. 2nd Lt.
E McKinzie, W.L. S/Sgt.
R Wilkinson, H.C. T/Sgt.
RW Osment, M. S/Sgt.
LW Bennett, G.H. S/Sgt.
BT Jackson, L.A. S/Sgt.
TG Evans, G.B. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 261

P White, H.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Martin, J.W. 2nd Lt.
N Forde, W.I. 2nd Lt.
B Green, H.J. 2nd Lt.
E Barnes, G.M. S/Sgt.
R Reynolds, J.J. S/Sgt.
RW Braccioforte, J.F. Sgt.
LW Dunbar, R.J. Sgt.
BT Weitkemper, R.C. Sgt.
TG Wehunt, J.W. Sgt.

19 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 474

P Felsenthal, C.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Zanini, O.C. 2nd Lt.
N Valley, W.L. 2nd Lt.
B Babb, L.L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
E Doty, A.E. S/Sgt.
R Krapf, N.C. S/Sgt.
RW Schaefer, L.A. Sgt.
LW Cuervo, F.J. Sgt.
BT Hayden, Q.R. Sgt.
TG Trappe, W.H.A. Sgt.

19 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 897

P Cornell, J.T. 2nd Lt.
CP Berger, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Ingels, G.A. 2nd Lt.
B Gichan, W.W. 2nd Lt.
R Hebert, I.L. S/Sgt.
E Kuchta, J. S/Sgt.
RW Rawson, B.J. Sgt.
LW Stahl, W.H. Sgt.
BT Daywalt, J.E. Sgt.
TG Siegel, G.W. S/Sgt.

19 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 544

P Gann, D.L. 1st Lt.
CP Dick, W.C. 2nd Lt.
N Spensley, R.E. 2nd Lt.
B Cunniff, V.L. 2nd Lt.
E Shrader, C. T/Sgt.
R Carroll, J.T. T/Sgt.
RW Anderson, A.R. S/Sgt.
LW Puchir, J. S/Sgt.
BT Reynolds, R.L. S/Sgt.
TG Sinclair, R.E. S/Sgt.




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