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Patch of the 403rd
Tail Insignia of the 403rd




Commanding Officers

13th Reconnaissance

Maj. Russell A. Wilson

15 January 1941

12 August 1941

Maj. Carl T. Goldenberg

12 August 1941

18 January 1942

Maj. Thomas N. Charles

18 January 1942

22 May 1942

403rd BS

Maj. Thomas N. Charles

22 May 1942

29 November 1942
Maj. Franklyn T. Green

5 December 1942

28 February 1943

Maj. Jay P. Rousek

1 March 1943

12 June 1943

Maj. William L. Welch

12 June 1943

1 October 1943

Maj. Charles B. Downer

1 October 1943

6 January 1944

Maj. Dorwin C. Wilson

6 January 1944

1 May 1944

Capt. Russell M. Bragg

1 May 1944

31 August 1944

Capt. Gustave R. Apai

1 September 1944

? January 1945

Maj. Leonard H. Clark

? January 1945

23 June 1945

Capt. Willis F. Bond

23 June 1945

c. September 1945






    
Duty Stations


From:

To:

Melbourne, Australia

27 February 1942

14 March 1942

Laverton, Australia

14 March 1942

27 August 1942

Torrens Creek, Australia

27 August 1942

17 October 1942

Iron Range, Australia

17 October 1942

23 November 1942

Milne Bay, New Guinea

23 November 1942

21 January 1943

Mareeba, Australia

21 January 1943

11 May 1943

Port Moresby, New Guinea

11 May 1943

13 December 1943

Dobodura, New Guinea

13 December 1943

12 March 1944

Nadzab, New Guinea

12 March 1944

28 July 1944

Owi, Schouten Islands

28 July 1944

15 November 1944

Tacloban

15 November 1944

15 March 1945

Clark Field

15 March 1945

20 July 1945

Ie Shima, Okinawa

20 July 1945

post November 1945

Ft William McKinley, Luzon

?

?


Note on the name "Mareeba Butchers": this nickname came from a Tokyo Rose radio broadcast in which she claimed that the airmen flying out of Mareeba were guilty of intentionally killing innocent women and children. She called the men the "Mareeba Butchers" and the 403rd adopted the nickname as their own.


403rd SQ Deaths
403rd Squadron Deaths Sort database by Squadron by double-clicking on the word "Squadron" at the top of the Squadron column. To return to this page, use your browser back button.

Interviews

Interview with Col. Ernest J. Wells, pilot
Interview with S/Sgt. "Frank" Franklin P. Hohmann (also of the 65th SQ)
Interview with Buck Sgt. Damon "Windy" Coppess
Interview with Flt. Officer Raymond A. Emanuelson, Jr.
Interview with Staff Sergeant "Miltie" J. Kent Milton
Interview with Colonel William L. "Bill" Welch
Interview with T/Sgt Loren C. "Red" Bates
Interview with 1st Lt. Ernest N. Morgan
Interview with Cpl. Leonard Gerloski

Crew Pictures
4 unidentified crew pictures
Captain Clark and Crew
Col. Wells; unidentified crew
Crew of Col. Ernest Wells
Newspaper clipping about Sgt. David V. Gonzalez
Andrew Stanko, Gunner, and John Gallahan, Pilot
Crew 613 training in Massachusettes
Burke and Greene of Crew 613
More Pictures of Crew 613: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Laverne Greene with B-24 #8585
Laverne Greene (?) of Crew 613 on Wing Tank
Edmund E. Kubiak
Crew of 'Geraldine' in front of the aircraft
Irwin "Comp" Compton in New Guinea
Sgt. Olin J. Edwards
Theodore "Ted" Romanowski (original Pilot L.A. Young) in front of "Geraldine"
Crew of Lt. Miniere
Commanding Officer: Captain Russell M. Bragg and crew
Slim Bonner Crew (in front of Satan's Sister)
S/Sgt Clarence Everett
Capt. Scarf, Lt. Art Humphrey, Francis Drab, Bill Finley (waist gunner), McCauly (radio operator)
"3 of my crew at the laundromat" sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Bill Finley
Hal Masur, Engineer
Captain J. L. Selling
Captain J. L. Selling (2)
Captain J. L. Selling and crew
T/SGT Louis S. Barone and Crew
T/SGT Louis S. Barone
Sgt John Frederick Dolder
Master Sergeant John Vincent McCrum
Pilot Gowdy and his crew in front of Tailskid Tolly

Pilot Gowdy and the crew of Stingaree II
Roy Nilsson and Crew

Aircraft Pictures

Gentleman Jim; Eager Beaver; Zombie
Satan's Sister & Crew; Million Dollar Baby & David V. Gonzalez
Joltin' Janie
Unidentified B-24
B-29, which flew Crew 613 partway back home, from Okinawa to Hawaii
B-24 Pom Pom Express
B-24 Big Chief Cockeye
B-29 (?) Over Exposed
Series of Photos sent by Francis "Frank" Drab (as above and below)
Geraldine (see Theodore "Ted" Romanowski (original Pilot L.A. Young) in front of "Geraldine")
Chow Hound sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Twin Niftys sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Bottoms Up sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
The Dragon and His Tail sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
L____ A_____ (nose art consists of long-haired blonde in white gloves) sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Payoff sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
GI Virgin sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Little Chief Cockeye sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
American Beauty sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Sleepless sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Ready Maid sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Her B____ (standing, topless brunette in pearls) sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Mission Belle sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Unknown 1 ("just dropped bombs on docks") sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Unknown 2 sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Unknown 3 (tail close-up) sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Unknown 4 ("bedded down for the night") sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Unknown 5 sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
B-24 Crash sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Shewansta

Miscellaneous
Dobodura, New Guinea: Mess Hall, Mail Tent, Movie House, Day Room
Dobodura, New Guinea: Navigation Tent, Squadron Supply, Intelligence
Dobodura, New Guinea: Enlisted Men's Showers, Officers' Showers , Water Supply
403rd's Base in late 1945 , Ie Shima (aerial view)
Nice scan of the Mareeba Butchers' patch (sent by Francis Drab of the 64th SQ)
List of 13th Reconnaissance/403rd SQ Crewmen who sailed on the S.S. Argentina
Ie Shima sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Ie Shima Typhoon Aftermath sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
Bombed Out Manila sent by Armorer/Waist Gunner Francis "Frank" Drab
B-24D 42-40924, 1 November 1943 Crash Incident Report - contributed by Bob Wallenhorst, nephew of S/Sgt Carl Wallenhorst, KIA (.PDF file)