Please contact 43 rd Bomb Group Historian at
Below are listings of
people looking for lost Kensmen. Be
sure, too, to check the page of known e-mail addresses for
individual Kensmen to see if the person you're looking for is listed.
You might also try Vet
Note that many of these entries are years
old. Please, before writing out long emails, make contact first to
ensure that the email addresses and other contact information are still
|ROY C. CATE
|Mr John Cate writes, "I am writing
seeking information concerning my father, Ray C. Cate of Kodak, Tn. He
served in the 5th Air Force in the 43 Bomb Group (?)/135 Bomb Squadron
(?) as a B-24 Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner from 1942-1944 (?).
Sadly, my father has just passed away (02 Nov 2004) and among his
belongings I found a crew photograph with the previously listed
information, 43G135B12FEBR44 listed in the lower left hand corner of
the photograph. It is a classic crew photograph from that era with the
crew standing on the left side of the aircraft between the nose gear
and the left main landing gear. His crew's officers are kneeling in the
front and the enlisted crew members are standing in the rear. The
aircraft name is not completely visible, but the letters "tts" and the
number "1" and the letters "st" with an upside down triangle under the
"st" is visible. The letters "tts" are in script, the letters "st" are
in block lettering. All ten members of the crew signed the back of the
photograph in script and I can make out the names- Raymond H. Baker,
LaMarr Davis and John B. Ratekin. Unfortunately, the other six names
are unreadable to me. Additionally, I have a Bomb Group photo album and
in viewing it I gather Dad was stationed in either Northern Australia
or New Guinea, or maybe both. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as
when I attempted to talk with Dad about his WWII experiences, dementia
had robbed him of these memories. Again, thank you for your help and
consideration with this request."
Write to Mr. Cate at John.Cate@dhs.gov
|CARL G. FROST & CREW
|I am looking for any information
father, who passed away in 1966 when I was nine years of age. His
paperwork shows he was in the 63rd Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group in New
Guinea. He was a tail gunner and flew missions from 10/12/1943 to
06/24/1944. He was awarded an Air Medal on 04/29/1944 and an Oak Leaf
Cluster on 10/05/1944.
I have several pictures showing members of his
some that may be the whole bomber group. These are the men who were in
John D. McNally
James J. Viton
Frank T. Joswiak
Harold E. Payne
Benjamin N. Patterson
Andrew M. McCabe
Robert D. Rebel
I would appreciate any info and can email photos to
who would like them. My father's name was Carl G. Frost.
Carl N. Frost
Write to Mr. Frost, Jr. at Skynyrd202@aol.com
|LT. A. J. SIMMONS, 64th SQ
|Dennis Charles writes, "Looking
information on a Lt. A. J. Simmons 64th Squadron, believed to be pilot
of plane "Pride of the Air Force". Information on any thing to do with
the plane would also be of interest." Contact Mr. Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org
|JOE A. HELTON
|I am looking for any information
regarding my grandfather, Joe A. Helton. I know that he was part of the
63rd Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group at Owi flying B-24s and B-25s. I also
know that at the end of the war he held the rank of Major. He lived
through the war, but unfortunately died before I could ask him detailed
questions. Please help me with anything possible. Currently I am
serving in the Air Force, so this has become a very personal research
project. Thank you for your help.
Write to Mr. Helton at Brandon.Helton@minot.af.mil
|"Drew" seeks information about his
grandfather, Brigadier General Paul H. Prentiss. Anyone who has
information about the General's service, please contact Drew at Drew.Blaha@Alumni.Duke.edu
|LESTER EVANS McCINIS & CREW OF
|Juanita Hale writes that she's
for information about her Uncle S/Sgt Lester Evans McMinis, and his
crewmates. She writes:
"I understand was KIA when his plane the Yankee Diddler disappeared,
Oct. 2, 1943. The crew with him at the time was:
1sr Lt Paul S. Lamos
2nd Lt Kenneth G. Bennett
2nd lt, Stanley J. Bucki
1st. Lt Clarence J. Fisher
F/O gilbert H. Grey
S/Sgt George Lewis
S/Sgt Charles J/ Zipay (Radio)
S/Sgt Jack Lattman
S/Sgt Hammond J. Rhodes (Nose Gunner)
S/Sgt Lester Evans McMinis
From a letter that my grandmother got from the government: 'The records
concerning your son (Lester E. McMinis) show he was a crew member of a
B-24 plane (Liberator). On 2 October 1943, while en route from Port
Moresby New Guinea, a message was received from his plane that they
were entering bad weather. The plane was then over mountaious territory
about 250 miles southwest of Wemek. The crew was not heard from again
and searching planes found no trace of plane or crew.'
I wonder if anyone knows of this plane or any of the crew. I was
informed by his brother, the only living one now, that the plane's name
was the Yankee Diddler."
Write to Miss Hale at: email@example.com
|I am looking for anyone who may
known my uncle Technical Sergeant Hyman Silverstein A.S.N. 31 201 941.
He was with the 403rd Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group Heavy. He
enlisted from Massachusetts and was recorded as KIA on 9/7/43. I
believe over Lae, New Guinea. I have no specific information on what
actually caused his death, and would like to know if any one can help.
I do have all of the letters he wrote home, as well as his awards,
training and qualification papers. I also have the letters sent to my
grandfather commending his actions and informing the family officially
of his death. He flew 8 missions, and was qualified for every position
on a B-24. With all of the info I do have, I need to complete my
research. I am assuming the plane was shot down. The body was recovered
and buried in Hawaii until 1949. It was then brought home. Hy is now
interned in Sharon Memorial Park. My mother believes all were killed. I
would like to know the name of the plane, as well as any details. God
Respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|I am looking for information about
grandfather. Unfortunately, he died when I was very young, and my dad
doesn't remember too many details about my grandfather's service. All I
really know is that he was a 1st Lt. and piloted a B-24. I have his
jacket, but can't gain much more information from it other than the
fact he was part of Ken's Men. His name is Robert "Bob" Brandgard, and
he was from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Indianapolis, IN shortly after
Write to Mr. Brandgard at: email@example.com
|My father "Billy C. Earles" from
Bardvell, Texas was from my recollection a radio operator on a B-17. He
was stationed in New Guinea. I would like to find out any information
on other crew member, ground staff, etc. Would like to hear from anyone
who remembers him. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My father died
of congestive heart failure in October, 1989, before my children were
born. I would really like to share some of the stories with my kids -
unfortunately, I didn't pay close enough attention when I was younger.
Maggie Earles Shirley
|Not sure if this pertains to one
ours, but here goes. Got this note:
"I am trying to find information about my Grandfather [Glenn A.
Nelson]. I know he was a bomber pilot (possibly B-17) in WWII, Pacific
Theater. Because of my Grandmother's death and my Grandfather's
subsequent re-marriage, my family has lost all records of his service.
He was stationed at Hickham Field, Hawaii for a short time. I have no
idea where he was stationed after that. All I can remember is that he
was put in as a tail gunner in his first mission and made the entire
squadron turn around until he got his own plane. His closest friend,
another pilot was Donald Tillett(?) who went on to fly commercial jets
after the war. My Grandfather retired as a Major General."
Respond to: email@example.com
|SGT. THOMAS J. HICKEY
|Hello, my uncle, Sgt. Thomas J.
12 032 033, was assigned to the 5th AF 43rd BG SW Pacific. Tom was a
71-mission vet, 59 missions against the Japanese and 12 missions
completed over the European Theater. Tom was awarded the DFC twice and
the Presidential Citation with Oak Leaf Clusters. In the European
Theater, Tom flew in the 547th Bomber Squadron, 384th Bomber Group (H).
Tom was also chosen as a representative of all the American Air Forces,
waist gun. Tom was killed in action on 3/19/45 and is buried in the
Cambridge American Cemetery, England. I am proud of my uncle and the
ultimate sacrifice that he made for his country. Any information that
could be passed along would be greatly appreciated.
Joe Hickey JHICKEY2@bloomberg.net
|JAMES B. "DINTY" MOORE
|I am looking for anyone who may
known my uncle Staff Sergeant James B. Moore. He was also known to
friends as "Dinty". He was with the 64th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber
Group Heavy. He enlisted from Massachusetts and was recorded as dying
on November 21, 1944. He is listed MIA or Buried at Sea. My family has
no specific information on what happened to him and would like to know
if any of his crewmates can help us. May God Bless you all.
Respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|CREW OF LEO H. THALER
|David Thaler of Roanoke, Virginia
writes: "My father was gunner/flight engineer on 403 Bomb Squadron, 43
Bomb Group 5th Airforce from Jan 1945-Nov 1945, Pilot was Lt. Calvin
Mercer. Would be interested in any information about other crew
members. My father is Leo H.Thaler (T/Sgt), presently living in New
Write to Mr. Thaler at Ntadime@cox.net
|I am looking for any information
Lt. Overfors who was KIA on November 25, 1942 on what was his 32nd
mission. His serial number was 04736556 His birthdate was 11-23-1921 I
am helping his lone surviving sister to attain this information. She
said there was a letter received from a J. J. Capitan (sp) who also was
later KIA . Also there was a photo of her brother with Gen MacArthur
that was destroyed in a house fire a few years ago. There is a
possibility that Overfors was flying the bomber that MacArthur had that
famous photo of him watching the paratroop landing in Lae, New Guinea.
Write to this correspondent at GPERE@aol.com
|CREWMATES OF JACK APPLE
|Hi! Happy New Year. I am writing
husband Michael Apple about his father Jack Apple (Richmond, Virginia)
who flew on the Million Dollar Baby. He was with the 5th airforce, 43rd
Bombroup, 403rd Squadron. Any information, stories to share or pictures
would be greatly appreciated.
Write to Mrs. Apple at: Roberta.Apple@med.va.gov
|EUGENE FRANCIS McGUIRE
|I am looking for any info. on
Francis McGuire. All I know is that he was a 2nd Lt. He flew a B24. He
was in the 65th squadron 43rd bomb group. His pilot B24 1092.His army
serial no was 0-2024031. His air combat was Japan, New Guinea, Bismarck
Archipelago Western Pacific Southern Philippine Luzon Ryukus China
He attended the Columbus Advanced Flying School.
let me know if you have any info on him.
|My husband and I were going
old pictures. My husband's Dad (Alvin Nellesen) was with the 65th Troop
Carrier Squadron - Operations and Engineering. He was stationed at
various locations in the US and also in the South Pacific during World
War II. Some of these pictures have names and locations written on the
back. I was hoping to find some of these folks or their families so I
could forward pictures of them or their loved ones.
Thanks for any help you can provide in posting a
Please feel free to shorten my message to you with only the pertinent
Here is the info I have on these pictures:
All in uniform...
- Feb 1943 Alvin and Art Love in Miami Beach
- Alvin and Grumhold - no location or date or
- Alvin, Heffron, and Phipps in front of 65th sign
location or first names
- Alvin, Phipps and Heffron at Baer Field, Fort
Ind - no first names
- Alvin, Bernard Schotter and Harold Whitford - no
names or location
- Alvin and Cpl Kenney - no first name or location
- Alvin and Pfc Phipps - no location
- Alvin and Ralph Reinhart, Bernard Schotter and
- Alvin and Ralph Reinhart (Endicott, NY) and
Schotter (Phla, PA)-no location
- Alvin and Cpl. Heffron, Pfc. Phipps at Pope
A bunch of pictures from the South Pacific but
for security reasons no names or locations are written on the back of
And lastly, but most importantly, THANK YOU for
so that people here and abroad can be free. We so appreciate the
sacrifices made by you and your family.
Write to Mrs. Nellesen at email@example.com
|SGT. SHERMAN ASCHER
|My Father Sgt. Sherman Ascher was a gunner and
photographer on the B-24 Soldiers Bonus, 5th AAF, 43rd group, 308th
wing. He passed away in 1993, and I am trying to piece together his
years during World War 2, and find his crew members. email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently emailed you information on Sgt. Sherman Ascher, 5th AAF 43rd
group, 308th wing. I have more to add for my search. He flew B24 M and
B24 J. I discovered he also flew on Pappys Passion B24. I have a list
of his crew I am trying to locate. I am not sure if this crew flew on
Pappys Passion or Soldiers Bonus with him. Crew: Captain Lt. Kenneth
Hillas (1092), Engineer John Raibel, James W. Dobb (1051) (not sure if
he was co-pilot), Radio Operator Edward Shaw, Gunners Hubert Messex and
|GEORGE E. WISKER
|My uncle, George E. Wisker, was a
Sergeant in the 403 Bomb Squad which I believe was attached to the 43rd
Bomb Group. Although I never knew my uncle my father who passed away
two years ago always talked fondly of his older brother but never knew
the real story of what happened to him. All the family was told is that
George was a radio man or navigator on a B24 stationed in New Guinea
and that he would sometimes sub as a tailgunner. Apparently George had
completed enough missions to rotate home but went for one last mission
volunteering as a tailgunner.
On or about March 22, 1944 the aircraft he was in was shot down or
crashed on the island killing all on board. George's body was returned
to the family and is interred at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Westchester
County NY. I think the passing of my father has piqued my interest even
more as to who my father's older brother was and what happened to him.
If you or any of the members in your group recall George I would be
very appreciative of you sharing stories and events with me. I can be
reached by e-mail (office location) at email@example.com or by mail
66 Trolley Road
Montrose, NY 10548
Thanks to you and everyone else for any help you
|JOSEPH L. WULKOWICZ
|I am seeking any information
my grandfather Joseph L. Wulkowicz. He was a tail gunner for a B24,
stationed in New Guinea between 1943 and 1944. To the best of my
knowledge he was a S/SGT in the 64th Bomber Squadron (H). I would
appreciate any information regarding the crew he flew with and any
recollections of him. I believe he was awarded the Navy Cross but he
would never discuss it during our conversations about WWII. He passed
away in 1987, but his fondness for his crew remained strong.
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|CHARLES V. MEEDER, KIA
|Charles V. Meeder
Died in action: 6/13/1944
Belonged to the 64th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy
Looking for any information.
Write to: David.X.Meeder@questdiagnostics.com
|I am Researching, for a family
the loss of 12 men, reported MIA as of November, 21, 1944. Believe,
loss may have been earlier and this date may be date of Court-Martial
issuing death certificates. MIA unit reported as 64th BS (H), 43rd BG
(H). Air Force History reports no record of such loss in unit's history
for November, 1944.
Names of men:
French, Edward R., 2nd Lt.
Heuss, Richard T., 1st Lt.
Kirkpatrick, Ivan O., SSgt
Bode, Charles A., TSgt
Miller, Robert A., 2nd Lt.
Moore, James B., SSgt
Mulgrave, William K., SSgt
Streckenbach, Robert R., Jr., 2nd Lt.
Surabian, Roy, SSgt
Oliver, Lucian, Jr., SSgt.
Helping active duty member, 'Over There" researching family history. If
you can help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Write to Willis S. Cole, Jr. at email@example.com
|PILOT JOHN FLANAGAN
|My name is Don Bates and John
was my uncle. He served as a B-24 pilot in the 43rd BG and 65th SQ
sometime during the period Oct-44 through Apr-45. I have found that he
completed flight school in Alabama in Aug or Sept-44.
If anyone remembers my uncle and could provide me with any info
concerning his time in the Pacific Theatre, I would be most
appreciative if they would contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
|CAPT. GEORGE F. FREDERICK
My father Capt. George F. Frederick was killed in the Admiralty Islands
March 30, 1944. He was in charge of the 12th Air Liaison Party. Would
like any information anyone has and particularly from the members of
1st Lt. James C King
S/Sgt. Martin W. James
Sgt. Mark D. Kohn
Sgt. Hugh H. Bement
Sgt. Roy H. Clark
T/5th Gr Gordon R. Rule
My father arrived in April 1943; according to one
it says 309th Bomber Wing, but he was a glider pilot, but flew
reconnaissance and was assigned to the 7th Australian Infantry
Division. According to medals he flew missions in the Ramu and Markum
valleys in 1943.
|RALPH T. GAINES
|Michael Gaines, son of Ralph T.
"I would love to hear from anyone who knew my father, RALPH T. GAINES,
who died in 1985. He was in the 43rd Bomb Group, 65th SQ. He was from
Coal Hill, Arkansas, and enlisted in January 1941. His separation date
was 9/3/45. He attended New England Aircraft School in 1941 (Class 16)
before going to Australia on the Queen Mary in Feb./Mar 1942.
"He was an electrician, a flight chief and a crew chief. His picture is
in the book "Down Under", and I have lots of pictures of him and others
in Sydney, New Guinea, etc. Unfortunately, he didn't label hardly any
of them - including several of a stunning young Australian woman named
"Jean" that he referred to as his girlfriend.
"Dad told me many stories about the war, but I remember only bits and
pieces. I recall one about "borrowing" a baby elephant from a circus,
and another that had to do with the sign at the Japanese Cemetery.
I would love to learn more about this fine man."
Write to Michael Gaines at email@example.com
EDWARD J. BERGER
|My father, Edward J. Berger was in
43rd Bomb Group, 64th SQ. and I am looking for anyone that can provide
me any information on his activities there. If you remember him and
have a story or two (maybe some photos), I would like to talk. He
passed away last year and I am just uncovering some of his memorabilia,
but don't know any of his history there.
Edward J. Berger
43rd Bomb Group 64th SQ
02 077 694
Navigator on B-24's
Served: 11/44 through 9/46
Thanks, David Berger
Write to Mr. Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org
WALLACE "WALLY" SUAREZ
|I'd appreciate hearing from anyone
knew my father, Wallace (Wally) Suarez, 64th Bomb. Sqdrn, 43rd Group.
He was a tail gunner on a B-24. He was killed when it crashed and
exploded on take-off on April 2, 1944, at Nadzab, New Guinea. I've been
lucky enough to find the pilot, Lt. Hugh Papworth, who's been generous
with his time in reliving a bad experience and sharing his memories of
my father. I'd still, of course, like to hear from anyone else who knew
him and has memories of him they might share. I have a picture of him
with other members of his crew who are identified as Lt. M.M.
Schoonmaker, Bombardier/Superv.Arm't; Lt. L. L. Katzen, Navigator/logs;
Lt. W. C. Williams, Co-Pilot/Security; Sgt. Cliff H. Stacy, Asst.
Eng/Armament; Tech. Sgt. Wayne Smith, Asst. Eng./Engines; Staff Sgt. E.
W. Sorensen, 1st Engineer/Superv.; T. Sgt. F. B. Rickard, Waist
Guns/Belly; and Sgt. Dan Hopson, Radio/Top Turret. Thanks. Mike Suarez.
CREW OF LUCKY LUCILLE
|Searching for information on my
grandfather. John F. McEachron (479-12-2200). It's my understanding he
was at one time a belly gunner on Lucky Lucille. He passed in March of
1973, and information has been tough to come by. I do know he was
honored with the DFC. Any information/help would be greatly
Thanks and take care, Scott McEachron, Clinton, IA.
Write to Scott at email@example.com
|John Post writes: "My uncle was
B. Brode, Jr. He was a tailgunner on a B-17 flying out of Port Moresby,
New Guinea, in 1942-43. He flew 42 bombing missions during that time
period. He was in the 65th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Group. I have a copy of
all his memoirs of his experiences there. I am sad to say that he has
been deceased since February 1989. I have just found out about this
website and perhaps someone may remember him and would like to get in
touch with me at my e-mail address: CousinJohn2@cs.com"
|My dad [Marty McDonough, Sr.]
G-2 with the 43rd from mid 1943 through late '44.- I think he started
in the 403rd and then went to the 64th - He and I never really
discussed his experiences - even after I came back from Viet Nam in
1971. I discovered after he died in 1983 a thinly fictionalized "novel"
about his experiences - although never finished, it showed me a picture
of my father I had never really seen. Accordingly, if anyone has any
recollection of him - whether good or bad - I would be very interested
in hearing about him.
Marty McDonough (Jr): firstname.lastname@example.org
GLEN W. WRIGHT
|Jeff Wright writes: I would be
interested in finding out if anyone here recalls serving with my
father, Glen W. Wright, who was a crew chief and top turret gunner with
the 63rd Squadron. I have one picture of him standing in front of an
aircraft with the nose art "Barbara Jean", and think he may be pictured
on this site in the 'Hockman Crew' photograph [63rd SQ BR]. Am also
interested in a crew member friend he mentioned, Bob DeWitt. Any
information would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at email@example.com.
"BILLY" BOWEN, 65TH SQ
|My uncle H.B.(Billy) Bowen was a
tailgunner on a B-17 with the 43rd BG 65th SQ (H). He was KIA when his
plane was downed over Buna, New Guinea on 8 Jan 43. I am told that the
65th and an Australian BG was on a mission to bomb a Japanese convoy.
My uncle was hit and I believe he was the only one not to make it out
of the plane.He had an Air Medal, so I am guessing he had a few
missions under his belt.If anyone remembers Billy Bowen I would
appreciate hearing from you.
Charles Bowen, firstname.lastname@example.org
OF ROBERT E. GREFE
|Hugh Grege of Ohio writes: "My
father, 2nd Lt. Robert E. Grefe was a bombardier in the 5th AAF, 43rd
BG. I am slowly gathering his papers since my mom has sold her home and
I am piecing together the story of his crew. I would greatly appreciate
hearing from anyone who knew him. I know that his group flew night
missions primarily against shipping targets and that they were among
the first to land in Japan"
Write to Hugh at email@example.com
| CREW OF WILLIAM "BILL"
GREGG, 64TH SQ
|I would like any information on MSgt
William W. (Bill) Gregg of the 64th Sq. I believe he was line
chief for the squadron as well as flew a few missions as ball turret
gunner. If anyone knows what airplanes he flew as crew member or any
other experiences that are remembered I would be interested in hearing
about them. Please contact his son, Robert, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
| CREW OF SGT. CLARENCE
|Don Carter writes:
I have been doing a lot of searching
my Dad [Sgt. Clarence Carter]. He was a support person in
Engineering at Port Moresby. He flew some missions as a back up gunner,
but was not a crew.
I have a lot of pictures, including a
copy of a Hard Cover Blue Back book called "Down Under" I would like to
know if anyone remembers Sergeant Clarence Carter. He was over seas for
over 2 years.
Thanks a bunch.
Write to Don at email@example.com
"TWIN DISCHARGE POINTS"
| Harry Miller, Jr., writes:
My father [Harry Miller] would like info or to
fellow members of his crew. He was in the 5th A.F/43 B.G/63 SQ. They
flew black B-24's that bombed shipping at night in 1945. The name of
his plane was "TWIN DISCHARGE POINTS" and the pilot's name was John
Write to Harry Miller Jr. at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|CREW OF LT.
CALVIN MERCER, 403RD
|From David J. Thaler:
"My father was gunner/flight engineer on 403 Bomb
Squadron, 43 Bomb Group 5Tth Airforce from Jan 1945-Nov 1945, Pilot was
Lt. Calvin Mercer. Would be interested in any information about other
Write to David at: email@example.com
JOHN "BUDDY" SMITH, 65TH
|A note from Tom Smith, Jr. reads:
My uncle, Francis John "Buddy"
was a pilot with the 65th stationed at Clark Field. According to the
letter from his commander, they were on a mission to the Tainan
Airdrome on Formosa. Again from the letter, they were lined up for the
run when my uncle's plane took a direct hit to the open bomb bay. There
were no survivors.
The commander was Capt. Paul B. Hansen.
Does this sound familiar or does
have a recollection of this? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. By the way, Buddy was from Terre Haute, Indiana. There is also a
ring, looks to be home made, with "MAC" inscribed on it.
SOKORA OF THE 64TH SQ
|Rick Sokora writes:
My dad was a navigator on B24's in WW2. I know he was with the 43rd
Bombardment Group, 64th squadron. I would like to know on which
aircraft he flew and to who's crew he was assigned. Thank you.
Write to Rick at: SokoraR@tyson.com
CRESSER'S CREW, 63RD BS
|Lt. Col. Dirk Salverian writes:
My Father, SSgt Haig Salverian was the
gunner on Lt Paul Cresser's crew, 63rd Bomb Squadron. They flew only
one mission (on the last day of the war-out of Ie Shima. Plane's name-
Irene) as your July  newsletter states and sank two ships. He of
course, has lost contact with his crew- other names and positions are
as follows Cresser pilot, Griffith was the co-pilot, Voda was the
Bombardier, Angeliniwas the flight engineer, Lamery was Waist, Delbert
Dently was either Radar Nav or tail. The recent article in the
newsletter spurred his interest in contacting any crew members. I know
it is a long shot but any assistance would be of help. I was able to
get copies of their mission from the History Office at Bolling AFB.
Write to Dirk at: email@example.com
BOYD, & RICE, 65th SQ
|Lee B. Quilici is looking for
Cassidy, Bill Boyd, or any info on Bombardier Phil Rice, all of the
65th SQ. Please send any information to Mr. Quilici at firstname.lastname@example.org
|LT. JOHN H.
for Lt. John H. Connors, 65th Sq., navigator on Lt Blanchard's crew,
while at Clark AB in the Phillipines., 1945."
Write to him at DaytfromNM@webtv.net
LT. NEIL DRISCOLL, 63RD
|Neil Driscoll is looking for
about his Dad, 2nd Lt. Neil J. Driscoll. He writes Lt. Driscoll
"was a pilot/co-pilot in the 63rd Squadron of the 43rd Bomb Group in
1945. If you have any information or pictures re my dad, I would
appreciate it if you would please contact me. My name is Neil Driscoll,
III and my telephone # is (503) 241-0262 and my e-mail address is email@example.com."
| FRIENDS OF LEO
DUNN/CREW OF "PRETTY BABY"
of Leo Dunn
wrote that Leo, who flew in the plane "Pretty Baby", is
looking for old pals. Write to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
| SURVIVORS OF
"THE WILLIAMS MISSION"
|Marc Rifkin, son of S/Sgt.Morris
Rifkin, who flew that hellacious Williams Mission (see History
My Dad passed away in 1979 after suffering for two
with cancer. One week before he died he told me that he didn't so much
mind dying at that time (age 58). He said, "I should have died in that
plane in 1945, these last 34 years have been a bonus."
I would be delighted to hear from any of the
crew members. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not
hesitate to e-mail me or contact me by "snail mail," or phone.
Marc A. Rifkin, MD
7667 Seattle Place
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(800) 809-8429 E-mail: email@example.com
|Mark Gongol writes on behalf of
and his brother:
My name is Mark Gongol, and I am a Cadet at the
States Air ForceAcademy. As luck would have it, my brother came across
your page and referred me to it, where he had found a man identified as
"A. Gongol" in a picture on your site. He is listed as the Flight
Engineer for Crew 613 during training in Massachusetts, December 1944.
Since our family name is so rare, the odds of our being related are
fairly hight, and I would greatly appreciate any assistance in finding
him or any of his relatives or crewmates. Finding family and an Air
Force heritage would really mean a lot to my brother and I. Thank you
for your time and consideration.
Cadet Fourth Class Mark Gongol
Cadet Squadron 12, USAFA
PO Box 5263
USAFA, Colorado 80841-5263 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|JOSEPH THOMPSON, 63RD SQ
|An Australian woman writes "I am
search for individuals who may have known or served with my Father,
Joseph Thompson, who was in th 63rd.Bomb Sqd., 43rd.Bomb Grp. (H) from
May 1941 to Dec. 1943. Please contact me at
P.O. Box 352
Bridgetown, West Australia, 6255
or E-mail email@example.com"
A note on this site's message
that Joseph Thompson, a gunner, was KIA on B-24D 42-40475
,"The Swan", which was lost on a mission from Dobadura, New Guinea
on Dec. 4,1943. The pilot's name was Captain Robert Coleman.
LEASKE, SAMMIS, BUCHTA
|Anyone know of these men?
Dec. 1944 through September 1945:
Bill Burwell, Pilot Urbana-Champagne, Ill.
Wally Leaske, Radar Seattle, Wash.
Everett "Bud" Sammis, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Al Buchta, Detroit, Michigan
If so, write to Jack Fultz at Flannelmouth@webtv.net
|An unsigned e-mail reads:
"I am looking for any info (crew and plane) on
Thompson. His bombardier was a man named Rucker (nickname was Ruk).
They were with the 64th BS, 43rd BG"
Respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Bill Wynne writes:
I am Looking for Edward Downey a red head pal of
flew 40 missions with Ken's Men I don't know what Squadron. Ed was an
aerial photographer/gunner. He was on Ie Shima when War ended. Were
together with the 91 Photo Recon Wing Ed first transfered to the 20th
Combat Mapping Sq. ( F -7s ( B-24s) and ended with the 43rd.
I was in contact with Ed in Pottstown Pa. about 10
ago. He was from Norristown, PA. He Graduated from Villanova Business
school and was an accountant. Lost track of him after my book was
written . It was Ed who found the tiny dog in a New Guinea jungle
foxhole in March of '44. This dog is the most famous of War Dogs of
WWII and considered by the top dog authority as the greatest dog in
history. Click [here to read about this dog, "Yorkie
Doodle Dandy"] http://members.aol.com/bwynne/smoky.html [will
open a new browser window. When you're done visiting that site, just
close that window and you will find yourself back at this page]
If Ed is still with us I would want him or his
have copies of this book.
Write to Mr. Wynne at: Billsmoky@aol.com
OF BILL CRAIG
|Bill Craig writes: "I wonder if
could find some information of two of my crew members who did not
return when they were flying as substitutes with other pilot's crews.
They were Sgt. Jimmy Smythe, radar operator and Sgt. Jack Quinn,
gunner. We were in the 63rd Squadron and the missions were somewhere in
the May-July 1945 time frame. I was in the hospital at the time and my
crew flew with others when needed. If possible I would like to know the
pilot or pilots they were flying with at the time---when it was---and
the mission they were on. This much information may not be available
but I would appreciate knowing whatever may be known."
Write to Bill at email@example.com
|I’ve have been trying to research
military career of my father-in-law, Michael Gorun. So far, I have been
getting conflicting information. I wrote to the National Personnel
Records Center, but they returned a Certification Of Military Service
document stating that Mr. Gorun was only in service from July 1, 1943
to October 1, 1943. The problem with that is that I have old photos of
him in New Guinea in 1943. I suspect that he might have been a part of
your group. His discharge papers have been long lost.
Although I don’t have any documentation of this, I
an old family history book that says he was inducted 3-25-1942, New
Guinea Campaign, Papuan Campaign (11-29-43 -----7-8-44), Awarded Asian
Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars.
Michael Gorun ( No Middle Initial )
DOB: October 22, 1918, Evanston, IL
DOD: March 22, 1982
SS #: 350-10-0777
Service #: 36-757-458 ??
I have a photo from Hollandia, New Guinea with Mr.
and some friends. Their names are: Owen, Richardson, and Choate. There
are also pictures of him standing next to a B-17 that does not have a
ball turret and has the number 317 painted behind the cockpit. I have
posted these pictures on my web page at: http://freeweb.digiweb.com/games/Sax/ig.html
[clicking there will open a new browser window]
If anyone can help at all, either in establishing
outfit, or even better still, finding someone that knew him, I would
greatly appreciate it. Mike was rather vague in his later years about
his service, and I would like to be able to pass along some correct
information about him to my wife and our children.
Thank you in advance for any help.
PS...I'm not at all sure that Mike was with your
but I figured a long shot was better than no shot at all. Thank you for
Write to Jerry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|CREW OF IRWIN "COMP" COMPTON
|Victoria Compton writes:
"Help! I am desperately searching for my Dad's
crewmembers and friends. His name was Irwin Russell ("Comp" or "Tex")
Compton and he was a B-24 and B-25 pilot of the 43rd
from January, 1942 to July of 1945 (I think). His flight jacket had a
patch on it entitled "Mareeba Butchers", which is a picture of a dog
wringing out his uniform, with bombs falling out instead of water
droplets. The dog is wearing white/red striped underwear. Dad's planes
were the "Red-Headed Gal" and "Geraldine". He flew with Scotty Blair
and Grant Logan, both of whom I believe are now dead (Grant Logan
crashed flying the DEW line in Canada). He flew over 1000 hours with
the 43rd, so somebody (I hope) has got to remember him." Write to
Victoria at email@example.com
OF DENNIS C. BEAMAN
|Kathryn Beaman Wagamon wrote in
"I'm looking for anyone from the 43rd who might have known my father to
verify that he was a member of the 64th Bomb Sqn. He was First Sergeant
Dennis C. Beaman. I've sent photos to Tracy Tucciarone. Any help would
be appreciated to Katspawn@firstva.com"
Please take a look at these two pix and if you
ID any of the men or relate stories and memories to Kathryn: Picture of
Dennis "Denny" Beaman Picture of
Beaman's Crew. When you click on these two links, a new
browser window will open. Just close them out when you're done and you
will find yourself at this page.
OF DICK BENNETT
|Jordan Bennett writes:
"My father, Dick Bennett, was a pilot graduate of
42 I in late '42. He was in the 43rd bomb group, 65th squadron. He is
wanting to know if anyone has reunion information on the class. He does
not have computer access so I said I'd see what I could do to locate
some information for him.
If you do have any information or know of any
sources, we would enjoy having it"
Please write to Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
|CREW OF HUBERT J. FRANK
| Francis E. Tucher, B-24
for the 65th SQ is looking for his pilot, Hubert J. Frank,
originally from Henderson, Kentucky, and all who flew with him.
If you're out there, Mr. Frank and crewmates, please
contact your engineer via his daughter at email@example.com.
| MICHAEL J.
|A man named Michael Sullivan from
Shenandoah, PA is looking for info on his Dad, Michael J. Sullivan, a
tailgunner in the 43rd who died in 1979. Michael Jr. isn't sure about
his Dad's Squadron but thinks it may have been the 65th. If anyone has
any info they can give him about his Dad, please write to him
|LT. GEORGE WOOD
|Jim Yealy of Ft. Walton Beach, FL
is looking for Lt. George Wood, a B-24 pilot. Lt. Wood lived in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a member of Jim Yealy's wedding
party. Jim Yealy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
| ROBERT RYAN
|Tim Heck of Zionsville,
Indiana seeks information on Robert Ryan, B-24 bombadier out of
New Guinea. Ryan flew sea-search missions and was killed in an At-21
crash on 18 October, 1944 in Pennsville New Jersey. Mr. Heck says
he thinks Ryan hit a destroyer on his first sortie. He
also seeks information on the Scott Project.
Send any info to this e-mail address: email@example.com
|Vincent diGilio seeks information
his father, Joseph diGilio, B-24 nose gunner for the 64th
Squadron from June 18, 1943 to Palm Sunday in April of 1944. The
name of one of the Liberators he manned was "Black Magic". Send
info to Vincent at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|CREW OF DOUBLE
|Looking for relatives of crew of
Trouble", 42-40671, crashed Port Moresby July 11, 1943. Crew members
1st Lt. Walter C. Hammond Pilot
1st Lt. Robert F. Johnston Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Harry C. Shannon Bombardier
2nd Lt. Arthur N. Zuckerman Navigator
T/Sgt. Hartsill C. Rasor Engineer
T/Sgt. William E. Guinn R
S/Sgt. Dominic T. Rossi AE
S/Sgt. Glenn E. Slettin AR
S/Sgt. Jeremiah S. Connolly Gunner
S/Sgt. Daniel M. Costello Gunner
Please reply to:
Richard Siegel at: MarsFilmHQ@aol.com
Kathy Costello at: Costellok@fuse.net
| CREW/FRIENDS OF JOHN W.
|John Rosenberger, of Palm Beach
FL writes that his father was originally in the 19th BG but then went
to the 43rd BG 64th squadron when the 19th was rotated to the US. He
would appreciate any information about his father. His name was John W.
Rosenberger (Rosy) and he flew with Pilot R. E. Holsey. Mr. Rosenberger
Jr. can be reached at email@example.com
|Joe Falce, of Nashville, Tn is
looking for information on his father, Nicholas Anthony Falce, who
was a Radioman in the 5th AAf and stationed in New Guinea from
approximately 1942-1945. Joe doesn't have his Dad' service
ID number but knows this much:
"Entered Army 1/26/42 at Pittsburgh, Pa Basic
Ft. Meade, MD Additional training at Ft. Bragg, NC and Drew Field, FL
(not sure if Drew Field is correct. Spent entire military career in New
Guinea Had Malaria and Jungle Rot of feet and spent Time at Lettermans
Hospital in San Francisco, and was also at Walter Reed in Washington,
DC Family believes he was discharged at Walter Reed and processed at
Ft. Dix, NJ. Was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and returned there after the
war for several years."
Anyone who can help Joe locate any information about
his father please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
| CREW OF "SATAN'S SISTER":
JOHN BOND; ELBERT RICE;
JAMES SMITH; RALPH POWELL; H.V. MILARSKI; JOSEPH GOSSEAUX; FRED
WHITNEY; JOHN SHAFFER
|Daughter of Lt Philip Van Keuren,
navigator of "Satan's Sister", 403rd Sqd, looking for her father's New
Guinea crewmembers: John Bond, Elbert Rice, James Smith, Ralph Powell,
H.V. Milarski, Joseph Gosseaux, Fred Whitney, John Shaffer, or others.
Carol can be reached at email@example.com
| CREWMATES OF JAMES "JIM"
|Members of my crew were: Pilot
Taff (Fla.), Co-pilot Robert E. Lee (CA), Navigator Orville Meadors
(KY), Bombadier George Patterson (OR), Engineer Henry Sells (IN), Radio
Operator Charles Upham (NH), Armorer Charner Skains (TX), Nose Gunner
John Yerg (NJ), Tail Gunner Claude McMillan (TN), and me, Jim
Rodella, Top Turret Gunner. This crew was together from 6/44 to 9/45.
If anyone has information about my former crew members, Please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have not heard from these men since the war and would like to
reminesce about old times.
|Betty, the sister of Corporal
writes: "I am looking for info on my brother, Cpl. Green. He was on
detached service from the 90th BG to the 43rd. His pilot was Coutney.
His plane crashed on 1-18-45. The serial # of their plane was 44-49472.
"Write to Betty at email@example.com
(Betty G. Tripp)
|John Correll writes: "I am
for anyone who might of known Charles Correll. He was, I believe, a
part of the ground crew in New Guinea in 1942 & 1943. I believe he
was wounded during a battle in or around November of 1943. He was from
near Pottstown, PA. and was born in 1914.
He was my father and he very seldom spoke of the
I read a newpaper story of how he and some other
members ran on to a burning plane that crash on or near the air strip
and rescued the people and some of the supplies on the plane before it
exploded. They were all decorated by Gen. MacArther. He denied it ever
happened and never spoke of it again.
Now, he is gone and I would like to learn more
happened there. I hope you can help.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank
for your time."
Write to John Correll at ELYNJAY@aol.com
MARCUS "MARK" CARRELL
|Mark Carrell writes: "I would like
locate any of the members of my crew shown on the picture on the web
site [65th SQ Briefing Room area]. I flew both "Target for
Tonight" and "Lucky Lucille". Would appreciate hearing from any one
knowing any of their whereabouts." Write to Captain Carrell at Burboncar@aol.com
| Crew 613 403rd Sq. member Andrew
Stanko's son is looking for information on his crewmates: Pilot Joseph
Casey, Co-pilot John Gallahan, Bombardier Ken Ahlesmeyer. He has found
his Radio Operator Robert Burke, Engineer Al Gongal, Gunner Damon
Coppess, Gunner Lavern Greene, and Gunner Lawrence Twigg! Andrew passed
away October 2003 . If any of you men are out there, write to Jerry
Stanko at STANKGE@aol.com
|NORMAN H. O'BRIEN, JR.
|Greg Lake of Centerville, MA
father, Norman H. O'Brien, Jr., just recently passed this January
. He was a member of the 43rd Group and 63rd Squadron
"Seahawks". I would be interested in gaining any information such
as people who served with him, pictures, stories, etc... Please contact
me with any information or suggestions on how to find information.
Please write to Greg at GML12@PRODIGY.NET
|My father J. Kent Milton was a
sq 403. He is attempting to find Carl Cramar. My father flew on a bB-24
named the Million Dollar Baby. He has a picture of the plane that
apparently Mr. Cramer would be interested in seeing. He, or any other
veterans can contact him through my e-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org (son-Kent)
note: Mr. Cramar may reside in Sutherlin, Or.
|Alan Matisoff, of Draper, Utah
am doing research looking for someone who may have know my Dad, Jack
Matisoff. Nose gunner in the 64th Sq. of the 43rd from Nov. 43 to April
1944. Flew 46 missions. Crashed in a B-17 on Jan 7, 1943, in which
Meyer Levin was killed. Would appreciate any information.Alan Matisoff,
14883 Steep Mountain Dr., DRaper UT 84020 (801) 212-2030". Alan's
e-mail address is: email@example.com
|THOMAS J. McCUE,
|Robert R. Richardson writes:
Rodger W. Little's crew have all been accounted for
except the navigator Thomas J. McCue, Jr. (ASN 08072492). Tom was
originally from the Boston, Mass. area. We were assigned to the 43rd
63rd Sqd. in May 1945 and joined the sqd. at Clark
Field. Most of the crew including Tom returned to
states in late August or September l945, from Ie Shima flying a Black
B-24M Crews in the 63rd during this period were not assigned a regular
plane, we flew 9 combat missions in various planes.
The crew members were Rodger W. Little, pilot,
Pheasant, co-pilot, Thomas J. McCue, navigator, James F. Hampshire, Jr.
bombardier, Joseph L. Sosnowski, engineer (Deceased), Athill W. Irvine,
radio op., John Klein, mickey man,(deceased),
Clifford L. McHenry, nose gunner, Robert R.
Jr., top gunner & David Fischoff, tail gunner (deceased). Six of
the crew attended a mini reunion in Coco Beach, FL in 1998 a real blow
out most had not seen each other since 1945.
Write to Robert R. Richardson at IRPILOT@worldnet.att.net
OF FRANK J. SCHIRRIPA
|Patsy Schirripa Wilbur writes:
My dad, Frank J. Schirripa, was an armored gunner
Shining Example. The names listed on his crew photo are: Arthur
Mulligan, Pilot; J. Pettis, Co-pilot; Clifford G. Unruh, Navigator;
William T. Johnson, Bombadier; Harry J. Strickland, Engineer; Thomas L.
Deen, Radio Operator; William M. Browne, Waist Gunner; Urban C. Nye,
Nose Gunner; Warren W. Thompson, Belly Gunner.
I'm putting together a war book in my dad's memory.
Please, any remembrances would be greatly appreciated.
Patsy Schirripa Wilbur
| CREW OF/INFO ABOUT IRWIN
|"Help! I am desperately searching
Dad's crewmembers and friends. His name was Irwin Russell ("Comp" or
"Tex") Compton and he was a B-24 and B-25 pilot of the 43rd from
January, 1942 to July of 1945 (I think). His flight jacket had a patch
on it entitled "Mareeba Butchers", which is a picture of a dog wringing
out his uniform, with bombs falling out instead of water droplets. The
dog is wearing white/red striped underwear. Dad's planes were the
"Red-Headed Gal" and "Geraldine". He flew with Scotty Blair and Grant
Logan, both of whom I believe are now dead (Grant Logan crashed flying
the DEW line in Canada). He flew over 1000 hours with the 43rd, so
somebody (I hope) has got to remember him." Write to Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org
| INFO ABOUT SGT OLIN EDWARDS
|Sheila Edwards writes, "My father, Sgt. Olin Edwards,
was in the 43rd Bomb Group, 403rd Squadron. I was wondering if anyone
remembers him?" Respond to Sheila at email@example.com.