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”Those That Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Country”

NOTE: There was at least one accident while the original crews were traveling to England where one ship was traveling in a group of three others where it was lost on takeoff. This was when “Lucky Penny” was heading to meet up in England with the rest of the 453rd BG.

s/n 41-29032 / B-24E / Pocatello, Idaho – Du Bois Wyoming / 14 Aug. 43 / 735th BS:

1.  2nd Lt. MacGowan, David H. - Pilot 735th / Killed in Training Accident

2.  2nd Lt. Kerschner, Allen F. - Co-Pilot 735th / Killed in Training Accident

3.  2nd Lt. Schroeer, Lyle P. - Navigator 735th / Killed in Training Accident

4.  2nd Lt. Davis, Royce 0. - P.I. Group 1030 / Killed in Training Accident

5.  T Sgt. Warner, Vernon L. - Mech. 735th / Killed in Training Accident

6.  S/Sgt. Hampton, Granville W. - Cr-Chf. 735th / Killed in Training Accident

7.  S O S/Sgt. Bradshaw, Jesse P. - Radio 735th / Killed in Training Accident

8.  M G S/Sgt. Roberts, Herbert W. - Photo 732nd / Killed in Training Accident

9.  S O S/Sgt. Parkey, William G. - Radio 732nd / Killed in Training Accident

10.         M O S/Sgt. Stock, Chester W. - Clerk 732nd / Killed in Training Accident

11.         S O S/Sgt. Baiocchi, Joseph - Mech. 732nd  / Killed in Training Accident

MACR 2802 s/n 42-52302 / B-24H / Nuremberg Germany / 25 Feb 44 / 733rd BS:

12.         2nd Lt. Paul E Kloeppel – Pilot / KIA

13.         2nd Lt. Barrette L Baker – Co-Pilot / KIA

14.         2nd Lt. Marvin L Dock – Navigator / KIA

15.         2nd Lt. Edward V Chovancak – Bombardier / KIA

16.         Sgt. Walter R Carmack – ROM / KIA

17.         S Sgt. Wayne T Lillibridge – Tail Gunner / KIA

18.         S Sgt. James J Corban – Ball Turret / KIA

19.         S Sgt. Rufus Emmons – Top Turret / KIA

20.         S Sgt. William A Hauser – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

21.         S Sgt Walton T Seed – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 2895 s/n 41-28615 / B-24H / Gotha Germany / 22 Feb 44 / 733rd BS:

22.         2nd Lt. Richard H Ingram – Pilot / KIA

23.         2nd Lt. Arthur E White – Co-Pilot / KIA

24.         2nd Lt. Donald C Lawry – Navigator / KIA

25.         2nd Lt. Michael A Boehm – Bombardier / KIA

26.         S Sgt. Charles F Ross – RON / KIA

27.         S Sgt. Richard C Anderson – Tail Gunner / KIA

28.         S Sgt. James Golbski – Ball Turret / KIA

29.         S Sgt. Raymond J Diederich – Top Turret / KIA

30.         S Sgt. McCalvin Robinson – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

31.         S Sgt. Thomas P Crumpler – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 2969 s/n 42-52191 / B-24H / Genshagen Germany / 6 Mar 44 / 735th BS: “Lillie Bell”

32.         2nd Lt. Herman J Meek – Pilot / KIA

33.         2nd Lt. Robert S Mc Cook – Co-Pilot / KIA

34.         2nd Lt. Joseph G Halliburton III – Navigator / KIA

35.         3rd Sgt. Martin L Kiner – RON / DED

36.         S Sgt. Donald E Wright – Tail Gunner / KIA

37.         S Sgt. William J Gricls – Ball Turret / DED

38.         S Sgt. William A Koch – Top Turret / DED

39.         S Sgt. Thomas H Keathley – Right Waist Gunner / DED

40.         S Sgt. Frank W LeFever – Left Waist gunner / DED

MACR 2970 s/n 42-52226 / B-24H / Genshagen Germany / 6 Mar 44 / 734h BS:

41.         2nd Lt.  Maurice A Dinneen – Bombardier / KIA

42.         T Sgt. William S. Chappell Jr. – ROM / KIA

43.         S Sgt. Jason H Mc Gue – Tail Gunner / KIA

44.         S Sgt. Gerald B Yoder – Ball turret / KIA

45.         S Sgt. Mack O Garrett – Top Turret / KIA

46.         S Sgt. Thomas W Keefe – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

47.         S Sgt. Albert H Edgett – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 2971 s/n 42-64457 / B-24H / Berlin Germany / 6 Mar 44 / 733rdBS:

48.         2nd Lt David D. Wallace – Co-Pilot / KIA

49.         S Sgt Floyd R. Rogers – Top Turret / KIA

50.         T Sgt Trall W. Wertz – Radio Operator / KIA

51.         T Sgt Robert B. Williams – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

52.         S Sgt Godfrey B. Suter- Right Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 2972 s/n 42-64460 / B-24H / Genshagen Germany / 6 Mar 44 / 733rd BS:

53.         1st Lt. Patrick D Tobin – Pilot / KIA

54.         2nd Lt. Ray Gilbreath – Co-Pilot / KIA

55.         2nd Lt. David H. Miller – Navigator / KIA

56.         S Sgt. Peter Santora – RON / KIA

57.         T Sgt. Peter M Cunniff – Top Turret / KIA

58.         S Sgt. James J Meyers – Left Waist Gunner /KIA

MACR 3554 s/n 42-64478 / B-24 / Pau France / 27 Mar 44 / 735th BS: “Cabin in the Sky”

59.         1st Lt. Alvine Lien – Pilot / KIA

60.         2nd lt. Walter F Watson - Co-Pilot / KIA

61.         2nd lt. Arthur F Lamy – Navigator / KIA

62.         1st lt. Russell A Ward – Bombardier / KIA

63.         T Sgt. Arthur Kaplan – ROM / KIA

64.         T Sgt. Melbourne F. Bey – Mec/M / KIA

65.         1st Lt. Samuel D. Borenstein – Gunner / KIA

66.         S Sgt. Clinton W. Caldwell Jr. - Gunner / KIA

67.         Maj. Curtiss H. Cofield – Command Pilot / KIA

68.         S Sgt. Lester W. Layser - Gunner / KIA

69.         S Sgt. Jack T Myers – Gunner / KIA

MACR 3922 s/n 42-64453 / B-24 H / Brunswick Germany / 8 April 44 / 735th BS:

70.          1st Lt. Jay Wells – Pilot / KIA

71.         2nd Lt. James R Jones – Co-Pilot / KIA

72.         2nd Lt. Frederick K Sanford – Navigator / DED

73.         2nd Lt. Vincent N Crupi – Bombardier / DED

74.         T Sgt. Allen D Borden – ROM / DED

75.         S Sgt. Salvatore E Cozza – Tail Gunner / KIA

76.         S Sgt. Raymond L Cay – Ball Turret / DED

77.         T Sgt. Robert F Salihar – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

78.         S Sgt. Lawrence E Watts – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 3923 s/n 42-64464 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 April 44 / 733rd BS: Waiter’s Only

79.         1st Lt. August J Bergman – Pilot / KIA

80.         2nd Lt. John B Durborow – Co-Pilot / KIA

81.         2nd Lt. Richard L. Crown – Navigator / KIA

82.         2nd Lt. Kyle R Goff – Bombardier / KIA

83.         S Sgt. Calvert S Whitehurst – Tail Gunner / KIA

84.         Sgt. Fred L Fisher – Ball Turret / KIA

85.         S Sgt. Willis W Cole – Top Turret / KIA

86.         S Sgt. Paul S Callinan – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

87.         T Sgt. James Dick Jr. – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 3924 s/n 42-110076 / B-24J / Brunswick Germany / 8 April 44 / 734th BS:

88.         1st Lt. Robert R Swigert – Pilot / KIA

89.         2nd Lt. Lewis C Ellis – Co-Pilot / KIA

90.         2nd Lt. John W Laughlin Jr. – Bombardier / KIA

91.         S Sgt. John T Mitchell – ROM / KIA

92.         S Sgt. Frederick E Harbin Jr.  – Tail Gunner / KIA

93.         S Sgt. James B Walker – Ball Turret / KIA

94.         S Sgt. Darwin K Morgan – Top Turret / KIA

95.         T Sgt. John J Hynes – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

96.         S Sgt. Salvatore A Luciano – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 3926 s/n 42-52185 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 April 44 / 732nd BS:

97.         1st Lt. Joe A Dejarnette – Pilot / DED

98.         2nd Lt. Robert D Mckee – Co-Pilot / DED

99.        2nd Lt. Francis E Callahan – Navigator / DED

100.        2nd Lt. John H Harris – Bombardier / DED

101.        S Sgt. Ralph L Mourer – ROM / DED

102.        Sgt. Frank J Vincze – Tail Gunner / DED

103.        S Sgt. Hubert Yeary – Ball Turret / DED

104.        S Sgt. Henry H Allen Jr. – Top Turret / DED

105.        S Sgt. Sidney A Johnson – Right Waist Gunner / DED

106.        T Sgt. Sanford G Roy – Left Waist Gunner / DED

MACR 3927 s/n 42-52180 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 April 44 / 733rd BS: “Lil' Eight Ball”

107.        1st Lt. Fred G Brady Jr. – Pilot / KIA

108.        2nd Lt. Lee H Streeter – Co-Pilot / KIA

109.        2nd Lt. Jack Ross – Navigator / KIA

110.        1st lt. Rowland F Holbert – Bombardier / KIA

111.        T Sgt. Bruce P Coffin – ROM / KIA

112.        S Sgt. Abraham I Horn – Top Turret / KIA

MACR 3928 s/n 41-29571 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 April 44 / 735th BS:

113.        2nd Lt. William T Easterling – Co-Pilot / KIA

114.        S Sgt. Chancy A Rogers – Ball Turret / WIA / DED

115.        S Sgt. Joe Milano – Right Waist Gunner  / KIA

MACR 4493 s/n 42-50322 / B-24H / Berlin Germany / 29 April 44 / 734th BS:

116.        2nd Lt. Francis R Tye – Pilot / DED

117.        2nd Lt. Willard R Larson – Co-Pilot / DED

1198.        2nd Lt. Fred Gordon – Navigator/ DED

119.        1st Lt. John W Skidgell – Bombardier / DED

120.        S Sgt. Kenyon G Hills – ROM / DED

121.        Sgt. Harold A Leighton – Tail Gunner / DED

122.        Sgt. Manuel C DeLeon – Ball Turret / DED

123.        S Sgt. Maurice P Mackey – Top Turret / DED

124.        Sgt. Thomas E Nolan – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

125.        Sgt. Frank J Litton – Left Waist Gunner / DED

MACR 4591 s/n 42-50278 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 May 44 / 734th BS:

126.        2nd Lt. Barney L Townsend – Co-Pilot / KIA

127.        2nd Lt. Don B Pierce – Navigator / KIA

128        2nd Lt. James M Chilcoat – Bombardier / KIA

129.        T Sgt. Leonard C Dash – ROM / KIA

130.        S Sgt. Frank B Bready – Tail Gunner / KIA

131.        S Sgt. James J Pittman – Ball Turret / KIA

132.        S Sgt. Robert L Burns – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

133.        S Sgt. William J Castle Jr. - Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 4592 s/n 42-50327 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 May 44 / 735th BS:

134.        1st Lt. Endicott R Lovell – Pilot / KIA

135.        2nd Lt. David O Hokanson – Navigator / KIA

136.        Sgt. Adamo G J Lampassi – Tail Gunner / KIA

137.        Sgt. Melvin Amtzis – Ball Turret / KIA

138.        Sgt. George B Peterson – Top Turret / KIA

139.        S Sgt. Howard M Quigley – Right Waist / KIA

140.        Sgt. Milford F Peters – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 4593 s/n 42-52147 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 May 44 / 732nd BS:

141.        2nd Lt. Charles M Rudloff – Co-Pilot / KIA

142.        2nd Lt. Edward J Farrell – Navigator / KIA

143.        2nd Lt. Melvin Finkle – Bombardier / KIA

144.        S Sgt. Donald R Sliff – Top Turret / KIA

145.        T Sgt. Vernon F Cummings – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

146.        T Sgt. Charles R Farmer – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 4594 s/n 42-52169 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 8 May 44 / 734th BS:

147.        Sgt. William J Acton – Ball Turret / KIA / DED

148.        S Sgt. Charles J Pessica – Right Waist Gunner / KIA / DED

149.        Sgt. Hiram A Gill – Left Waist Gunner / KIA / DED

MACR 4595 s/n 42-52186 / B-24H / Florennes, Suzeine Belgium / 9 May 44 / 735th BS:

150.        2nd Lt. Robert Hall Jr. – Navigator / KIA

151.        T Sgt. Thomas H Morgan Jr. – ROM / KIA

152.        T Sgt. William C Martin – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

153.        S Sgt. Walter J Thomas – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

154.        S Sgt. Roy H Weidlich – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 4598 s/n 42-110025 / B-24J / Brunswick Germany / 8 May 44 / 734th BS:

155.        2nd Lt. Norbert A Urschalitz – Co-Pilot / KIA

156.        2nd Lt. Leo J Poladian – Navigator / KIA

157.        2nd Lt. Dominic Fallacaro – Bombardier / KIA

158.        S Sgt. Maurice L Swan – Tail Gunner / KIA

159.        S Sgt. Valmore V Bedard – Ball Turret / KIA

160.        S Sgt. Joseph Gallagher – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

161.        S Sgt. Howard F Damonte – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 4781 s/n 42-64490 / B-24H / Hamm Germany / 22 April 44 / 735th BS: “Cee Gee II”

162.        1st Lt. James S Munsey – Pilot / KIA

163.        2nd Lt. Robert C Crall – Co-Pilot / KIA

164.        T Sgt. William C Grady – Radio Operator / KIA

165.        T Sgt. Grover G Conway – Nose Gunner / dropped in the water 50 feet off shore? / DED

166.        T Sgt. John F Mc Kinney – Engineer / KIA

MACR 4940 s/n 42-52301 / B-24H / Berlin Germany / 29 April 44 / 732nd BS:

167.        S Sgt. Harold G Oakes – Tail Gunner / MIA / DED

MACR 6232 s/n 41-28619 / B-24H / Juvencourt France / 23 June 44 / 732nd BS: “Begin the Beguine”

168.        T Sgt. Joseph F Sills – ROM / KIA

169.        T Sgt. Lonnie O Morris – Top Turret / KIA

170.        S Sgt. Robert W Neily – Nose Turret / KIA

171.        S Sgt. George S Layman – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

172.        S Sgt. Alfred W Larson – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

173.        S Sgt. Quinto B Vittori – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 6233 s/n 42-95233 / B-24H / PONT-A-VENDIN, FRANCE / 24 June 44 / 732nd BS:

174.        Capt. George L Baatz – Pilot / KIA

175.        Maj. Edward K Kemp – Co-Pilot (Group Adjutant) / DED

176.        1st Lt. Cletus E Morrow – Navigator / DED

177.        1st Lt. Harry H Bartholomew – Bombardier / KIA

178.        T Sgt. Clyde Hathorne – ROM / KIA

179.        S Sgt. Howard F Boxman – Top Turret / KIA

180.        S Sgt. Joseph F Prazenica – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

181.        T Sgt. Lloyd E Bentley – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

182.        T Sgt. Gordon B Adee – Tail Gunner / RTD

183.        1st Lt. Bertram R Coffenberry Jr. – Nose Turret / DED

MACR 7226 s/n 42-95048 / B-24H / Halle Germany / 7 July 44 / 735th BS: “Jabber-Wock”

184.        1st Lt. George F Kuzelka Jr.  – Pilot / KIA

185.        2nd Lt. Swan E Gustafson – Co-Pilot / KIA

186.        2nd Lt. Charles J Carney – Navigator / KIA

187.        T Sgt. Jim V Chiancone – ROM / KIA

188.        T Sgt. Joe B Bonner – Top Turret / KIA

189.        Sgt. Reginald H Truax – Nose Turret / KIA

190.        S Sgt. Harbert R Schulz – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

191.        Sgt. John N Richardson – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 7252 s/n 41-29259 / B-24E / Saarbrucken Germany / 21 July 44 / 734th BS: “Our Baby”

192.        2nd Lt. Earnest G Stathes – Navigator / KIA

193.        2nd Lt. James W Wheeler – Bombardier / KIA

194.        S Sgt. Dean R Smith – ROM / KIA

195.        Sgt. Thomas J O'Kane – Top Turret / KIA

196.        Sgt. Donald W Sang – Tail Gunner / KIA

197.        S Sgt. Ellis T Pfeifer – Left Waist / Engineer / KIA

MACR 7253 s/n 42-95171 / B-24H / Saarbrucken Germany / 21 July 44 / 734th BS: “Diana-Mite”

198.        1st lt. Frank T Gengler – Pilot / KIA

199.        2nd Lt. John F McKenzie – Navigator / KIA

200.        2nd Lt. Matthew J K House – Bombardier / KIA

201.        T Sgt. Fred A Doninger – ROM / KIA

202.        T Sgt. James F McKee – Top Turret / KIA

203.        S Sgt. Vernon C DeLeon – Nose Turret / KIA

204.        S Sgt. James W Green – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

205.        S Sgt. Thomas F Murray III – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

206.        S Sgt. Albert J Whitus – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 8424 s/n 42-110138 / B-24J / Dessau France / 16 Aug 44 / 733rd BS:

207.        2nd Lt. Milton A Stanchfield – Pilot / DED

208.        F/O Frank Mishaga – Co-Pilot / KIA

209.        S Sgt. Eugene Trapani – Right Waist Gunner / DED

210.        T Sgt. Harrel W Fuller – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 8715 s/n 42-52201 / B-24H / Munich Germany / 11 July 44 / 732nd BS: “Battle Package”

211.        S Sgt. Willard P Jones – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 8853 s/n 42-95111 / B-24H / Weisenhorn, Germany / 13 Sept. 44 / 733rd BS:

212.        1st Lt. Dean M Mills – Pilot / KIA

213.        F/O David H Jacobs – Co-Pilot / KIA

214.        2nd Lt. Edmund C Filipiak – Bombardier / KIA

215.        T Sgt. Clifford J Bryan – ROM / KIA

216.        S Sgt. Jose M Villalobos – Nose Turret / KIA

217.        S Sgt. Peter S Logerfo – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

218.        S Sgt. Lawrence Eicher – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 9418 s/n 42-95252 / B-24H / Hamm Germanyamm / 2 Oct 44 / 734th BS: “Shack Happy”

219.        1st Lt. James F Emerson – Pilot / KIA

220.        2nd Lt. Robert L Stevenson – Co-Pilot / KIA

221.        2nd Lt. Joseph P Hannon – Bombardier / KIA

222.        T Sgt. J B Davis (I.O) – ROM / KIA

223.        T Sgt. William E Hankins – Top Turret / KIA

224.        Sgt.  James B Foster Jr. -  Nose Turret / KIA

225.        S Sgt. George S Entrikin – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

226.        Sgt. Thomas H Clark – Left Waist Gunner / RTD

227.        Sgt. Loris E Burns – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 10165 s/n 42-64469 / B-24H / Castrop-Rauxel, Germany / 2 Nov. 44 / 735th BS: “El Flacko”

228.        2nd Lt. Carl Isaksen- Pilot / KIA

229.        2nd Lt. Earl L Johnson – Co-Pilot / KIA

230.        2nd Lt. Vanig Vartanian – Navigator / KIA

231.        2nd Lt. Malcolm H Rubin – Bombardier / KIA

232.        Sgt. Edwin W Bringardner Jr. – ROM / KIA

233.        Sgt. Robert L Perrin Jr. – Top Turret / KIA

234.        Sgt. Robert L Rakouska – Nose Turret / KIA

235.        Sgt. Dewey D Steele – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

236.        S Sgt. James E Phillips – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

237.        Sgt. James A Dietrich – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 10177 s/n 42-95047 / B-24H / Mainz Germany / 19 Oct. 44 / 733rd BS:

238.        S Sgt. Josiah E Lenman – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 10342 s/n 42-95167 B-24H / Bottrop Germany / 11 Nov. 44 / 734th BS: “Never Mrs.”

239.        2nd Lt. John H Friedhaber – Pilot / KIA

240.        Sgt. Peter Felbarth – ROM / KIA

241.        Sgt. Henry E Ball – Top Turret / KIA

242.        Sgt. Walter R England – Nose Turret / KIA

243.        Sgt. Earl W Dempsey – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

244.        Sgt. Edgar J Connor – Observer / KIA

MACR 13735 s/n 42-51112 / B-24H / Brunswick Germany / 31 Mar. 45 / 733rd BS:

245.        2nd Lt. Murray D Robinson – Navigator / KIA

246.        S Sgt. Saul Katz – Top Turret / KIA

MACR 13897 s/n 42-51089 / B-24H / Rechlin & Wittenberge Germany / 10 Apr. 45 / 733rd BS: “Star Eyes”

247.        2nd Lt. William H Powell – Pilot / KIA

248.        F/O Morton F Donaway – Co-Pilot / KIA

249.        2nd Lt. Harold R Polokoff – Navigator / KIA

250.        Sgt. David R Rosamond – ROM / KIA

251.        Sgt. Claude M Clements – Top Turret / KIA

252.        Sgt. Clyde R Larriverre – Nose Turret / KIA

253.        Sgt. John C Parker – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

254.        Sgt. John C Hendricks – Observer / KIA

MACR 15217 s/n 42-110085 / B-24J / Karlsruhe, Germany / 8 Sept. 44 / 733rd BS: “Flak Hack”

255.        T Sgt. Robert W Holden – ROM / KIA

256.        S Sgt. Allison L Hooper – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

257.        S Sgt. John E Hovenesian – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

258.        S Sgt. Charles M Hurley – Tail Gunner / KIA

259.        S Sgt. Kenneth K Kasitz – Nose Turret / KIA

MACR 15381 s/n 42-50703 / B-24J / Magdeburg, Germany / 9 Feb. 45 / 734th BS: “Worry Bird”

260.        2nd Lt. Robert Q Rollins – Pilot / KIA

261.        2nd Lt. Earl E Check – Co-Pilot / KIA

262.        1st Lt. Max E Stump – Navigator / KIA

263.        T Sgt. Eldridge W Amburn Jr. – F/E / Top Turret / KIA

264.        T Sgt. John P Eubank Jr. – ROM / KIA

265.        S Sgt. Robert W Adkins – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

266.        S Sgt. Donald E Robertson – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

267.        S SGt James E Sharp – Nose Turret / KIA

268.        S SGt. Willie L Starbuck – Tail Gunner / KIA

269.        S Sgt. Edward C Erker – Gun / KIA

270.        S Sgt. Elmer T Soine - RCM Op / KIA

MACR 15819 s/n 42-51503 / B-24J / Bielefeld, Germany / 26 Nov. 44 / 734th BS:

271.        Capt. Ray H Conard – Pilot / KIA

272.        2nd Lt. Charles W Hitzfield – Co-Pilot / KIA

273.        1st lt. Rodney B Ives – DR Navigator / KIA

274.        2nd Lt. Harry J Klyap – Mickey Operator / KIA

275.        2nd Lt. Alfred R Neumunz – Pilotage Navigator / KIA

276.        1st Lt. John G Sherer – Bombardier / KIA

277.        S Sgt. John F Bouldin Jr. – Top Turret / KIA

278.        S Sgt. Casimir W Kulesza – Tail Gunner / KIA

279        S Sgt. Arthur W Ginstrom – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

280.        S Sgt. Glenn E Gilles – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

281.        T Sgt. Alvin L Hebert – ROM / KIA

282.        T Sgt. James E Pilcher – F/E / KIA

MACR 16087 s/n 42-51149 / B-24HSH / Burgsteinfurt, Germany / 17 Feb 45 / 733rd BS: “Blood and Guts”

283.        1st Lt. Lawerence M. Duncan – Pilot / KIA

284.        2nd Lt. Charles M Frank – Co-Pilot / RTD

285.        1st Lt. Harry Stien – Bombardier / RTD

296.        T Sgt. Robert A Beltz – ROM / KIA

287.        S Sgt. Thomas L Patsey – Nose Turret / KIA

288.        S Sgt. James N Redman – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

289.        S Sgt. Edward J Hensley – Left Waist Gunner / KIA – One of two twins on board this ship.

290.        S Sgt. Edwin J Hensley – Tail Gunner / KIA – The second of two twins on board this ship.

291.        T Sgt. Harry J Fink – Top Turret / RTD

KTOA N/A  s/n 42-50898 / B-24J / Mission Scrubbed / 27 Dec. 44 / 732nd BS:

292.        1st Lt Roscoe C. Brown – Pilot / KIA

293.        2nd Lt Russell C. Anderson – Co-Pilot / KIA

294.        2nd Lt Thomas F. Volkman – Bombardier / KIA

295.        2nd Lt Charles D. Todd – Bombardier (radar) / KIA

296.        2nd Lt Robert Prudhon – Navigator / KIA

297.        2nd Lt Carrol E. Archibald – Navigator (radar) / KIA

298.        T Sgt Henry Surowiec  - Eng. / Top Turret / KIA

299.        T Sgt James A. Corwin – ROM / KIA

300.        S Sgt George H. Rottle – Nose Turret / KIA

MACR TBD s/n 42-52178 / B-24H / Siracourt, France / 6 Feb. 44 / 735th BS: “Little Agnes”

301.        2nd Lt William A League – Co-Pilot / KIA

302.        2nd Lt Walter M Chambers Jr.– Navigator / KIA

303.        2nd Lt Carl F Franke – Bombardier / KIA

304.      T Sgt Harry M Daniels – ROM / KIA

305.        S Sgt. Harold W Leach Jr. – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

306.        S Sgt. Thomas E Nosal – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

307.        S Sgt. George A Gray  – Radio Operator / Ball Turret / KIA

308.        S Sgt. Freeman W Plyer – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR TBD s/n 42-52218 / B-24H / Friedrichshafen, Germany / 18 Mar. 44 / 733rd BS:

309.        2nd Lt. William E. Bolsover – Co-Pilot / KIA

310.        Lt. Irving Dolin – Bombardier / KIA

311.        Sgt. John A. Spies – Ball Turret / KIA

312.        Sgt. Thomas E. Burns – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR TBD s/n 42-52237 / B-24H / “Paper Doll”

 

MACR 3553 s/n 42-52277 / B-24 / Handorf, Germany / 23 Mar. 44 / 733rd BS: “The Lame Duck”

313.        1st Lt. James W. Hamilton – Pilot / KIA

314.        S/Sgt. John D. MacKenzie – Ball Turret / KIA

MACR N/A s/n 42-95102 / B-24H / Magdeburg, Germany / 9 Feb. 45 / 734th BS: “SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME"

315.        2nd Lt. Harold H. Warnke – Co-Pilot / KIA

316.        2nd Lt. Raymond W. Murczyk - Navigator / KIA

317.        Sgt. Elmo V. Barnhill – Engineer / KIA

MACR 16006 s/n 42-110089 / B-24J / Strasbourg, France / 11 Aug. 44 / 734th BS:

318.        2nd Lt. Warren D. Freed – Pilot / KIA

319.        2nd Lt. Elwin S Norton – Co-Pilot / KIA

320.        2nd Lt. Robert L Schmidt - / KIA

321.        S Sgt. Kenneth J Blackwell - / KIA

322.        Sgt. Paul R Byers - / KIA

323.        Sgt. James L Labin Jr. - / KIA

324.        Sgt. Edward L Reintgen - / KIA

No MACR s/n 44-10515 / B-24J / Magdeburg, Germany / 6 Feb 45 / 734th BS:

325.        Lt Roy F Flatt – Pilot / KIA

326.        Lt Robert W McCormack – Co-Pilot / KIA

327.        Lt Henry Daniel – Navigator / KIA

328.        Lt Ralph W Andrew – Bombardier / KIA

329.        Sgt James E Tyree- Engineer / Left Waist Gunner / KIA

330.        Sgt Fred H Dieckhoff – ROM / KIA

331.        Sgt Joseph K Rilett – Tail Gunner / KIA

332.        Sgt Carl W Toll – Nose Turret / KIA

333.        Sgt Hubert W Williams - Top Turret / KIA

334.        Sgt Antonio Portella / Right Waist Gunner / KIA

MACR 3929 s/n 41-28650 / B-24H / Brunswick, Germany / 8 Apr. 44 / 732nd BS: “Rooster”

345.        Lt James K. Bingaman - Pilot / KIA

MACR 5380 s/n 41-29250 / B-24H / Watten, France / 1 May 44 / 735th BS:

346.       

MACR 15345 s/n 42-51865 / B24JH2X / Remagen, Germany / 01 Jan. 45 / 735th BS:

347.        1st Lt. Alan C. Judd – Pilot / KIA

348.        2nd Lt. Joelbert W Ellingson – Co-Pilot / KIA

349.        1st Lt. Bill B Basick – Navigator / KIA

350.        1st Lt. Frank E Sallee – Bombardier / KIA

351.        2nd Lt. John E Gilligan – Mickey Navigator / KIA

352.        T Sgt. Stephen J Bolger – Engineer / KIA

353.        T Sgt. Olaf A Coburn Jr. – ROM Gunner / KIA

354.        S Sgt. Robert T Mercurio – Top Turret / KIA

355.        Sgt. Clarence L Hendrix Jr. – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

356.        Sgt. Edmund P Bull – Tail Gunner / KIA

No MACR s/n 42-51361 / B-24J / Practice Mission Coptherne, Shrewesbury / 28 Dec. 44 / 733rd BS:

357.        2nd Lt. Elmer Mitchell – Pilot /DOW

358.        2nd Lt. Paul Peterson / DOW

359.        2nd Lt. James Gilbert / KNB

360.        T Sgt. Gwilym Richards / KNB

361.        S Sgt. Roger Batchelder / KNB

MACR 2780 s/n 42-52139 / B-24H / Brunswick, Germany / 20 Feb. 44 / 734th BS:

362.        2nd Lt. Robert E. Burgess – Bombardier / KIA

363.        S Sgt. Wallace A Reed – Ball Turret / KIA

364.        S Sgt. Don E Nichols – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

365.        S Sgt. Louis P Indovina – Tail Gunner / KIA

MACR 4590 s/n 41-28745 / B-24H / Brunswick, Germany / 8 May 44 / 733rd BS:

366.        2nd Lt. Fred V Parker – Pilot / KIA

367.        2nd Lt. James E Moore – Co-Pilot / KIA

368.        2nd Lt. Arthur Mc Cormick Jr. – Bombardier / KIA

369.        T Sgt. George R Granko – ROM / KIA

370.        T Sgt. Raymond C Czeslaski – Top Turret / KIA

371.        S Sgt. Myron P. Cetwinski – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

372.        S Sgt. Maurice E Chapman – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

373.  S Sgt. Billy L. Williamson - Tail Gunner /

MACR 4597 s/n 42-94806 / B-24H / Brunswick, Germany / 8 May 44 / 735th BS:

373.        2nd Lt Daniel A Horgan – Navigator / DED

374.        2nd Lt Stephen G McNelly – Bombardier / DED

375.        S Sgt. John A Watson – ROM / KIA

376.        Sgt. Boyd W Logan – Tail Gunner / DED

377.        S Sgt. Walter Naumoff – Top Turret / DED

378.        S Sgt. Arthur E Ege – Right Waist Gunner / KIA

379.        Sgt. William C Cheek – Left Waist Gunner / DED

MACR 4494 s/n 41-28676 / B-24H / Berlin, Germany / 29 April 44 / 389th BG – 564th BS:

Note: Although Lt. Col. Robert C. Sears was flying as the command pilot for this mission he was the only member of the 453rd BG on this aircraft when it was shot down!

            1st lt. Harry W Casey – Navigator / KIA / 389th BG

                          2nd Lt. Robert S Sosa Jr. – PB Navigator / KIA / 389th BG

MACR 4596 s/n 42-52298 / B-24H / Brunswick, Germany / 8 May 44 / 732nd BS: Choo Choo Baby

380.        S Sgt. Manuel A Ramirez – Ball Turret / KIA

381.        T Sgt. Roy L Pryor – Left Waist Gunner / KIA

B-24 / Morrison Field, Florida / Jan. 44 / 734th BS

Note: This accident happened while on takeoff for departure to England presumably 26 Jan 44. The crew members listed are also presumed to have been on board as listed from the original crew #43 listings, there were additional passengers as well but not yet identified at this time.

382.  Lt. Samuel C. Dean - Pilot / Killed on Takeoff Accident

383.  Lt. Edward J. Wolbers - Co-Pilot / Killed on Takeoff Accident

384.  Lt. Radames B. Caceres - Navigator / Killed on Takeoff Accident

385.  Lt. Douglas L. Daupin - Bombardier / Killed on Takeoff Accident

386.  Sgt. Bert G. Sauls - Engineer / Killed on Takeoff Accident

387.  Sgt. Kenneth N. Merkle - Radio Operator / Killed on Takeoff Accident

388.  James H. Henderson - Top Turret / Killed on Takeoff Accident

389.  Louis P. Karp - Ball Turret / Killed on Takeoff Accident

390.  Douglas J. Schmoker - Tail Gunner / Killed on Takeoff Accident

As of this publish date, all of these have been confirmed as losses from the 453rd BG. Note that as new details are discovered these are constantly being reevaluated and updated based on the new evidence.

“Note”

Most all of the of the physical records for the individuals that were known to exist from this unit were destroyed in a fire in St. Louis. At that time no electronic copies existed and as a result we are constantly looking for help to clarify these records.


In Honor of:
Engineer T/Sgt. Wallace Edward Habenicht and Bombardier Lt. Leo W. Ryan
453rd BG Memorial Association
732nd BS / 733rd BS / 734th BS / 735th BS
Copyright @ 05/02/2014
(updated 06/08/14)