• 29 May 1944
  • Mission #95
  • Target: Politz

This mission would be the first to this tough and heavily defended target - the oil refineries at Politz. The 392nd would suffer high casualties on this raid. The 578th and 577th were assigned lead with Bombardiers, Lieutenant Joachim and Captain Colburn, respectively. At 0430 and 0500 hours, (27) crews were briefed and at 0749 take-offs began. A total of (26) ships bombed the target area, releasing (260) 500# GP weapons, but good bombing was hampered by an effective smoke screen over the target and the ensuing fighter encounters. An estimated 75-100 enemy fighters attacked the Group comprised of about (75) single-engine ME-109s and FW-190s and (25) JU-88s and at least (1) twin-engine ME-410. The severe fighter attacks were encountered for about thirty-five minutes near the target between 1150 and 1225 hours. The Group lost (6) aircraft on this mission with many casualties with (2) of the ships crash landing back over England and the crews being safe. These were Lieutenant W. A. Schafer’s crew - all of whom bailed out safely before the ship crashed near Norwich, and the other crew that of A. W. Evans which crash landed near Swaffham, just west of the base, with all crew members being safe. These crews were from the 579th and 576th Squadrons, respectively. Four (4) other crews suffered a worse fate, however, being lost as MIA. From the 576th in ship #045, Lieutenant C. W. Stoltz and crew were last seen at 1212 hours during a fighter attack as his ship slipped out of formation, seemingly under control, with no chutes being seen. In aircraft #243 of the 577th Squadron, Lieutenant L. E. Larson’s crew was seen at 1154 hours, position 5315N-1310E, under pressing fighter attacks, making a slow turn under control from the formation with (7) chutes being sighted. Lieutenant Eisermann’s crew from the 578th in ship #604 was sighted after the bomb release 1209 hours headed out over the bay, apparently under control. From his ship, (8) chutes were observed after a life raft was thrown out. From the 576th, Lieutenant Ace W. Tyler’s crew in aircraft #136 was last seen at 1212 hours under fighter attack with two engines feathered. The aircraft rolled over on its back and went into a steep dive with no chutes being seen. Between fighter attacks, the flak was intense and accurate. The survivors returned home with (8) other ships battle damaged, some severely such as Lieutenant G. E. Leghorn’s ship, #037 from the 579th, in which he went over the target and flew home with two engines shot out and the nose turret blasted apart. Returning ships landed at base around 1600 claiming (7) enemy aircraft kills, all battle weary from one of the roughest missions flown by the Group.

2/Lt Schafer later wrote, “After a severe bout with German fighters and much damage, we fell behind the group and headed for England alone. Our Engineer Henry R. Reid saved us from the North Sea by draining fuel from outboard to inboard tanks (by tilting the plane). COLGATE gave us the heading home. As we passed over the coast, all engines failed. We all jumped and returned to base the next day.”

After it suffered battle damage during the mission to Politz. Pilot 2/Lt Albert W. Evans had to crash-land #41-29433 just west of Wendling at Sporle. Click on image to enlarge.
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MISSING AIR CREW REPORT SECTION

29 MAY 1944 - TARGET: POLITZ
MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #05211 AIRCRAFT: #42-95243 (NO NICKNAME) "A-Plus" 4th Mission
AIRCREW: LARSON    *    SQUADRON: 577th
CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P    2/LT  Larson, Lawrence E.     KIA
CP   2/LT  Prys, John A.           KIA
N    2/LT  Graham, Gerard R.       KIA
B    2/LT  Larson, Robert N.       KIA
R/O  S/SGT Cullins, Thomas F.      KIA
A/RO SGT   Stark, Elmer C. Jr.     KIA
EnG  S/SGT Carter, Henry C.        KIA
WG   SGT   Selden, Frederick (NMI) KIA
WG   SGT   Gage, Ralph (NMI)       KIA
TG   SGT   Strother, Charles E.    KIA

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: A returning eye-witness reported that this aircraft was damaged and left the formation before the target at position, approximately 53-35N, 13-10 E, due to enemy aircraft attack. It was then observed to make a slow turn during which time (7) parachutes were seen, but the plane appeared under control. A detailed review of the German ground party reports found in this MACR reveals these facts: The aircraft crashed at 1300 hours, 29 May, (8) kilometers north of Kittendorf, Germany, just east of a main highway to this village (German Headquarters message, Air Base Hqs A 9/Xl of 30 May); a total of (6) bodies was found in the wreckage immediately, and a 7th was found about 300 meters away from this crash site later the night of the 29th. All (7) casualties were buried in a local cemetery (same originating German headquarters gave this later update on 31 May). Most revealing from another series of German ground reports in the area was that the (3) remaining crew members, who had successfully bailed out of the ship, were all shot and killed by the locals in their attempt to evade or escape capture (German report of same Air Base Hqs near the town of Malchim-in-Mechlenburg). Details of these men being shot to death were contained in a German message from the same headquarters, dated 30 May, which related: that "according to a phone call by (the) Mayor and Lt. of police (at) Malchim, one was shot on escape by home-guard and the two others by police. The names and found personal items will be sent to Oberursel directly, according to report of Mayor (of) Malchim..." The names of the crew members who had bailed out successfully from this aircraft were sorted out from the German Reports to be Lt. L. Larson, S/Sgt. Carter, and Sgt. Selden. It seems likely that Sgt. Selden was the one who had escaped after being captured (by either the local home-guard or the village police) since he was buried a day later than the other crew men on 30 May and at a different cemetery location (in the village of Malchim rather than at Kittendorf, as noted below).

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: None available since none ultimately survived. The (3) men who successfully parachuted were killed by local authorities during subsequent actions on the ground immediately following crash of the aircraft. Pilot Larson was one of these three.

BURIAL RECORDS: All (7)of the crew men found at or near the plane crash site were buried on 29 May at the village cemetery at Kittendorl according to German reporting up the ‘chain of command’. Additionally (2) more men were interred at the same cemetery later, these being Lt. Larson and S/Sgt. Carter who were shot and killed by the locals. Sgt. Selden, the third member also shot was buried in the village cemetery at Malchim, as described earlier, on 30 May. U.S. National Cemetery records show the following later re-burial information: All members who were recovered and re-interred were placed in the cemetery of LORRAINE, which is located very close by to the north of the French town of St. Avold, (28) miles east of Metz. These crew men were: Lawrence Larson (Grave B-32-32) with Air Medal and the Purple Heart; Prys (Grave C-5-73) with the Air Medal, also the Purple Heart, posthumously; Robert Larson (Grave G-12-33), Air Medal and Purple Heart; Cullins (Grave B-17-40), Air Medal and the Purple Heart; Strother (Grave E-24-41), Air Medal and the Purple Heart; and Carter (Grave C-8-88), also an Air Medal and the Purple Heart. Re-burial information on the other men of this crew from their initial interments in Germany is unknown from the MACR records.

NEXT OF KIN DATA IN WWII: (Lawrence) Larson (Wife, Marjorie A., 513 West Birch Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona); Frys (Wife, Clara Ford., Apartment 12,883 Ponce Deleon Ave N.E., Atlanta, Georgia); Graham (Wife, Mary., 541-53rd Street, Brooklyn, New York); (Robert) Larson (Mother, Tillie Marie, 1849 Jenifer Street, Madison, Wisconsin; Cullins (Brother, Steven.,1 73 South Cherry Street., Wallingford, Connecticut); Carter (Mother, Severy A., Downsville, Louisiana); Stark (Mother, Stella M., 421 West 33rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri); Selden (Wife, Betty, 1512 East 77th Street, Chicago, Illinois); Gage (Mother, Arista D., Route #3, Vienna, Illinois); and Strother (Mother, l.D., Box 206, Shermont, Alabama).

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MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #05212 AIRCRAFT: #42-95136 (NO NICKNAME) "A" 7th Mission
AIRCREW: TYLER    *    SQUADRON: 576th
CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P    1/LT Tyler, Ace W.             KIA
CP   2/LT Ricci, Joseph A.          KIA
N    l/LT Bassett, Earl F.          POW
NG   S/SGT Podolski, Paul D.        KIA
R/O  T/SGT Metz, William (NMI)      KIA
A/RO S/SGT Blaida, John M.          KIA
EnG  T/SGT MacDonald, George E. Jr. KIA
WG   S/SGT Brown, Gilbert A.        KIA
WG   S/SGT Troutman, Edward A.      KIA
TG   SGT Powell, Marvin L.          KIA

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: A returning eye-witness reported, "ship turned over with two engines out, altitude 21,700", and no further details were related on this aircraft loss. A German Report KU #2086, Air Base Hqs at Greifewald reported that this plane had crashed near a village named Gueltz, and the railroad Demmin-Altentreptow, about 1145 hours, 29 May. The crew had been shot down by a fighter, and was 99% destroyed from an air explosion and fire engulfing unexploded bombs at the crash site. Nine (9) crew members were found dead and identified at the site above. One, the Navigator Lt. Bassett, who had bailed out successfully, was taken prisoner immediately in the area. It was reported that the prisoner was transferred the next day, 30 May, from the Commanding Officer at Tutow (Berlin area) to Oberursel (Dulag Luft). Local burial of the casualties was carried out.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES/BURIAL RECORDS: Lt. Bassett, the only survivor, gave a brief account on a casualty interrogation (U.S.) form dated 27 July 1945. He stated that the plane had been attacked by enemy fighters and the nose section had been set afire; that he bailed out but saw no more parachutes coming down, although he was in a position to see them had others gotten out. That was the extent Df his report (in this MACR file record).

German report of 1 June 44, message AF 965/64, Air Base Hqs Griefewald, 2/Ill gave account of the burials of the crew casualties: all were buried at the village of Gueltz, (800) meters from the Gueltz Estate, as recorded: Metz (Grave 1); MacDonald (Grave 3); Powell (Grave 4); Tyler (Grave 5); Troutman (Grave 6); Podolski (Grave 7); Blaida (Grave 8); Brown (Grave 9); and Ricci (Grave number not given). The Germans identified one of the deceased as Sgt Corbett X. Miller after they found his Soldier's Individual Pay Record. Although Miller was originally a member of 1/Lt Tyler's crew, he had been seriously wounded on the Hamm mission (April 22, 1944) and hospitalized. He was eventually returned home. Why his Pay Record was at the crash site is a mystery. U.S. National Cemetery records account for the following re-interments for certain members of this crew. These members were re-buried at the ARDENNES Cemetery, near Liege, Belgium: Podolski (Grave B-27-7); Metz (Grave D- 7-50); Blaida (Grave D-7-49) and Powell (Grave D-7-47). Podolski was awarded the Air Medal with (2) Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart; Metz and Blaida both an Air Medal with (1) Oak Leaf Cluster with Blaida’s being also a posthumous Purple Heart, but the latter award not in the case of Metz; and Powell is noted to have an award of the Purple Heart, posthumously as well. No other record connected with the MACR exists as to the subsequent reburials of the other crew men.

NEXT OF KIN DATA IN WWII: Tyler (Wife, Mary J., 1827 Arlington, Independence, Missouri); Ricci (Father, Anthony J., Georgetown, Colorado); Bassett (Wife, Mrs Earl F. 21 Bloomfield Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island); Podolski (Mother, Mary A., 15 Wisthrop Street, Dedham, Massachusetts); Troutman(Sister, Berdena T. Bloch, 608 Academy Street, Valparaiso, Indiana); Powell (Brother, Walter K. Hagenoir, 208 E. Maryland Street, Evansville, Indiana); Brown (Wife, Irene W., 3823 Jefferson Avenue, El Paso, Texas); MacDonald (Mother (Catherine., 1600 Busch Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts; Blaida (Mother, Helen, 226 Almyra Avenue, Monroe, Michigan); and Metz (Father, Alexander E., 45 Copley Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey.

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MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #05213 AIRCRAFT: #42-95045 (NO NICKNAME) "H" 5th Mission
AIRCREW: STOLTZ    *    SQUADRON: 576th
CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P    2/LT  Stoltz, Clarence W.  KIA
CP   2/LT  Paine , Albert E.    KIA
N    2/LT  Anderson, Charles A. KIA
NG   S/SGT Dahl, Charles R.     KIA
R/O  T/SGT Coolidge, Donald B.  KIA
A/RO S/SGT Cole, Monell A.      KIA
EnG  S/SGT Vowels, LeRoy J.     KIA
TG   SGT   Smith, Willis H.     KIA
WG   S/SGT Torres, Edward J.    KlA
WG   SGT   Timm, Henry A.       KIA

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: One eye-witness report from a returning aircrew stated briefly: "The plane seemed just to ‘slip down’; everything appeared to be O.K.; no chutes seen". (This sighting report was given by 2/Lt. Colbrook, Navigator on Lt. Bratton’s crew flying #097). German Report #KU2072, Air Field Headquarters A 8/il at Berik, gave a further account of this crew’s downing: That the aircraft had been shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed south east of Neubukow/Mecklenburg on 29 May at 1240 hours; that (9) dead had been recovered at the crash site noted to be 1.5 kilometers west of the village of Tuesen, (10)) Km south of Neubukow. In a supplementary report, same headquarters, two days later on 1 June, it was stated that a 10th casualty had been found, buried under one of the plane’s engines. This airman was identified as Lt. Anderson, the crew Navigator. The identity of these dead members was established by personal dog tag means, and all were given burial on 29 May and 1 June, respectively. One fact gleaned from these German reports was: The body of S/Sgt. Cole was never positively identified and named. However, another American casualty was identified and buried with the dead of the Stoltz crew - a Lt. Walter, a crew member not flying on that plane this mission, or any other aircrew of the 392nd in the battle-order formation(?). No other facts on the loss of the Stoltz aircraft were given.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: None. There were no surviving crew members. It should be noted that Sgt Smith and Sgt Timm were both substitutes from 2/Lt Bernard Paroly's crew. This was their first mission.

BURIAL RECORDS: The (9) casualties were buried in the village cemetery of Kirch-Mulsow, Old Cemetery, on 29 May and the 10th, Lt. Anderson, on 1 June. Crew grave locations were as given: Stoltz (#3); Paine (#8); Anderson (#10); Dahl (#2); Coolidge (#4); Torres (#5); Vowels (#6); Timm (#7); Smith (#1); and Lt. Walter (#9).U.S. National Cemetery for overseas locations listed the following re-interments for this crew in the ARDENNES cemetery near Liege: Paine (Grave A-14-13); Anderson (Grave B-25-13); Coolidge (Grave B-29-3); Torres (Grave A-12-21); Smith (Grave A-42-35). On awards, the following is noted: Paine, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Anderson, Coolidge, and Torres were given the same awards as Paine; and Smith has only a notation of a Purple Heart citation which the other members were given as well. S/Sgt Vowels is interred at Rock Island National Cemetery, Section E Site 124. Nothing further exists on the subsequent re-interments of Stoltz, Dahl, or Timm; and, the identity or whereabouts of S/Sgt. Cole’s remains were never recorded and are unknown from the MACR files.

NEXT OF KIN DATA IN WWII: Stoltz (Mother, Elizabeth L., 4005 E. Highland Drive, Seattle 2, Washington); Paine (Father, David W., 4197 South Logan Street, Englewood, Colorado); Anderson (Mother, Mary Catherine, 309 South Broadway Park, Lexington, Kentucky); Dahl (Father, Emil, 31 South Willson, Bozeman, Montana); Coolidge (Wife, Mary Jane, 57 Elizabeth Street, Baldwinsville, New York); Cole (Wife, Ernestine Virginia, R #3, High Point, North Carolina); Vowels (Wife, Louella I., 1410-41st Street, Rock Island, Illinois); Smith (Wife, Peggy A., Route #2, Box 279, Newberg, Oregon); Torres (Mother, Julia, ii Wilson Street, Battle Creek, Michigan); and Timm (Mother Rosa M., 7643 Pinehurst Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan).

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MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #05214 AIRCRAFT: #42-52604 (NO NICKNAME) "Y-Bar" 12th Mission
AIRCREW: EISERMANN    *    SQUADRON: 578th
CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P    l/LT  Eisermann, Gilbert 0.   POW
CP   2/LT  Fothergill, Clarence E. POW
N    2ILT  Smith, James W.         POW
B    2/LT  Yacavone, John P.       POW
R/O  T/SGT Davis, Robert D.        POW
A/RO S/SGT McGlinn, Mathew J. Jr.  POW
EnG  S/SGT Cook, Ervan J.          POW
WG   S/SGT Hall, Norman L.         POW
WG   S/SGT Jenkins, Richard N.     POW
TG   S/SGT Coleman, Edward B.      POW/Died 

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: Returning aircrew members gave the following eye-witness accounts (The Navigators, Lt. Maxfield of Bradford’s crew and Lt. Neisloss of the Devers crew): that the Eisermann plane turned and headed out over the bay, seemingly under control, after having dropped bombs and (8) chutes were seen. One wing appeared to be damaged, and a life raft was also seen to come out. A German Report #KU2076, Air Base Hqs A 10/Ill at Anklam reported this plane crashing at 1210 hours, 2.2 kilometers from Altwerp on 29 May and that all (10) crew men were taken prisoner, as follows: Eisermann at 1410 hours at Hoff-Altwerp; Fothergill at Rieth at 1220 hours (Fothergill was wounded with a broken upper arm having been beaten by local civilians and later taken to a Luftwaffe hospital at Greifwald according to this reporting); McGlinn at Ahlbeck at 1229 hours; Hull at 1310 hours in Altwerp; Jenkins at Rieth at 1225 hours; Coleman at 1241 hours at Rieth; Davis at Rieth at 1240 hours, Yacavone, 1235 hours at Ahlbeck; and Smith was captured the next day, 30 May, near Altwerp having given himself up after an exhausting track down. Cook was taken prisoner near Altwerp at 1220 hours on the 29th.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: Pilot Eisermann, later after POW release, gave this report. They were flying in the ‘Purple Heart Corner’ of the Lead, Low Box element and were hit by enemy fighters after friendly escort fighters had left, and were badly damaged about one minute away from the bomb release point to the extent that he had to order crew bail out. All members managed to abandon the plane within two minutes afterwards. He indicated that he had seen all members except the Navigator (Smith, who was captured the next day from the German report), all within five hours after bail out. He stated further that the Co-pilot, Fothergill, had been pretty badly beaten up by local civilians and was suffering a broken left arm. The Bombardier, Lt. Yacavone, reported that the plane had spun into the Baltic Sea and on fire after the crew abandoned ship. He also noted that he had seen Lt. Smith, the Navigator, later in the POW camp at Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany. Fothergill’s report noted that he had been injured by his parachute harness during the jump, and further by civilians later. Other reports centered on one of the members and his ultimate fate much later - that of S/Sgt. Coleman, who also had been taken prisoner. S/Sgt. Jenkin’s after-POW status account stated that Sgts. Coleman, Cook, McGlinn and Davis were last seen at Stalag Luft IV in good condition on 30 January 1945. He continued further in this account that he (Jenkins) was told that Sgt. Coleman had left that POW camp on foot with other POWs on a forced march by the Germans during the first week of February 1945, when this camp was abandoned by the enemy. He conjectured in this report that Sgt. Coleman either became ill on the march and died or attempted to escape and was killed by the German military or civilians. Another crew member’s later report concerning the possible fate of Sgt. Coleman was that it was heard "he died from exposure during a forced march, but doubt this; believe he tried to escape and was shot by SS troops". Pilot Eisermann in his later casualty-questionnaire reporting stated that he had received "a letter from his Coleman’s mother on my return to the States and she stated that he (Sgt. Coleman) had died of pneumonia while on a forced POW march". Other survivor crew member accounts noted that this crew was on their 22nd combat mission, having flown their first on 10 April 1944 to Pas De Calais, France. Sgt. Coleman had flown one more mission with another crew on 10 May to Berlin as Tail Gunner, it was also added.

T/Sgt Davis later recounted this story about S/Sgt Coleman: EB (as he was called) was a tall, good-looking man with dark curly hair. He had a great gift of gab. EB was an Irishman from Brooklyn and was not one to let you forget those points. He was the epitome of a city kid. He was always the last one to return from passes to town and no matter what time of the early morning it was, he would always wake up his crewmates and regale them with his adventures. After we were shot down, the Germans gathered most of the crew at an airbase in Anklam, Germany. Naturally EB was the last one to be brought in. We looked out the window and here came EB between two German soldiers, with his arms draped over their shoulders like they were the best buddies. When they arrived, the German officer in charge really gave those two soldiers a loud and long lecture.

BURIAL RECORDS: While a POW on the Death March in April 1945, S/Sgt Coleman became violently ill. Army Air Corps doctor Capt. Leslie Caplan persuaded the Germans to admit S/Sgt Coleman to a hospital. S/Sgt Coleman, accompanied by Dr. Caplan, was taken by tractor-drawn trailer to the hospital in Ebbsdorf, Germany, where Coleman died on April 15, 1945. He was buried in a field near the hospital.

NEXT OF KIN IN WWII: Eisermann (Mother, Edna, 211 Stetson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio); Yacavone (Wife, Muriel T., 1715 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Fothergill (Mother, Mary K., 125 Derrington Street, Washington, D.C.); Smith (Wife, Donna W., 5707 Chesley Avenue, Los Angeles, California); Davis (Mother, Blanche E., 311 South Lowry, Springfield, Ohio); McGlinn (Wife, Louis B., 605 Lawrence Street,Emporia, Kansas); Cook (Father, William A., RO. Box 31, Hartsborne, Oklahoma); Hull (Mother, Clara N., 1150 East First, Pittsburg, Kansas); Jenkins, (Father, Edward E., 11 Hillside Avenue, New York, New York); Coleman (Mother, Catherine V., 2913 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, New York).

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CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #95

29 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 027 (no mission credit)
P Jones, G.E. 1st Lt.
CP Faas, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Morris, J.C. 1st 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.
29 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 136
P Tyler, A.W. 1st Lt.
CP Ricci, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Bassett, E.F. 1st Lt.
B Podolski, P.D. S/Sgt.
E MacDonald, G.E. T/Sgt.
R Metz, W. T/Sgt.
RW Blaida, J.M. S/Sgt.
LW Brown, G.R. S/Sgt.
BT Troutman, E.A. S/Sgt.
TG Powell, M.L. Sgt.
29 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 097
P Bratton, K.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Hurd, W.F. 2nd Lt.
N Colbrook, W.L. 2nd Lt.
B Wytak, S.M. 2nd Lt.
E Simmons, W.W. T/Sgt.
R Lennert, B.J. T/Sgt.
RW Gereben, A. S/Sgt.
LW Friemuth, H.E. Pvt.
BT Simpson, C.S. Pvt.
TG Hamilton, W.S. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 222
P Demers, J.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Sylvester, H. 2nd Lt.
N Neisloss, S.L. 2nd Lt.
B Adamson, J.C. 2nd Lt.
E Bell, E.M. S/Sgt.
R Galea, J.H.D. S/Sgt.
RW Allen, W.J. Sgt.
LW Baer, D.J. Sgt.
BT Adelson, D. Sgt.
TG Arnold, E.L. Sgt.
29 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 045
P Stoltz, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Paine, A.E. 2nd Lt.
N Anderson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
B Dahl, C.R. S/Sgt.
E Vowels, L.J. S/Sgt.
R Coolidge, D.B. T/Sgt.
RW Torres, E.J. S/Sgt.
LW Cole, M.A. S/Sgt.
BT Timm, H.R. Sgt.
TG Smith, W.H. Sgt.
29 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 433
P Evans, A.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Fenton, J.S. 2nd Lt.
N Shoenberger, R.W. 2nd Lt.
B Conner, J.K. 2nd Lt.
E Patterson, R.C. S/Sgt.
R Glowienke, G.A. S/Sgt.
RW Minton, D.C. Sgt.
LW Naber, H.W. Sgt.
BT Powell, L.R. Sgt.
TG Altschaft, W.L. Sgt.
29 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Ellison, B.M. 1st Lt.
CP Jewett, G.A. 1st Lt.
N Tooman, H.K. 2nd Lt.
B Supp, J.W. 2nd Lt.
E Samples, H.F. T/Sgt.
R Jenkins, W.B. T/Sgt.
RW Roberts, M.E. Sgt.
LW Picking, H.E. S/Sgt.
BT Tupper, J.A. S/Sgt.
TG Anderson, C.S. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 058
P Bradford, M.A. 1st Lt.
CP Holben, W.P. 2nd Lt.
N Maxfield, W.P. 2nd Lt.
NG Potasiewicz, J.F. Pvt.
E Chapman, K.W. T/Sgt.
R O'Brien, W.W. T/Sgt.
RW Reausaw, F.M. S/Sgt.
LW Macklin, C.D. T/Sgt.
BT Wakelee, D.L. S/Sgt.
TG Yanora, M.R. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Anundson, P.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Hadley, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Fehrenbacher, D.E. 2nd Lt.
NG Altemus, C.V. Sgt.
E Cooke, W.B. S/Sgt.
R Clendening, R.D. S/Sgt.
RW Berry, H.F. S/Sgt.
LW Schliesmayer, R.N. Sgt.
BT Farrar, R.E. Sgt.
TG Kleber, W.M. Sgt.
29 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.
29 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 243
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. Sgt.
LW Selden, F. Sgt.
BT Gage, R. Sgt.
TG Strother, C.E. Sgt.
29 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Scheltens, G.A. 1st Lt.
CP Vaughan, H.C. 2nd Lt.
N Coward, D.M. 1st Lt.
B Benenson, M. 2nd Lt.
E Mandelkow, E. S/Sgt.
R Borden, K.L. T/Sgt.
RW Kolczynski, W.J. S/Sgt.
LW Crotty, W.L. S/Sgt.
BT Thompson, I.F. S/Sgt.
TG Freeman, J.B. Sgt.
OBS Schofield, D.J. 2nd Lt.
29 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 415
P Copp, R.D. Capt.
CP Bate, H.C. 2nd Lt.
N Birnbaum, S.I. 2nd Lt.
N Sackler, H.J. 2nd Lt.
B Colburn, R.F. 1st Lt.
E Hodge, G.L. T/Sgt.
R Bisnett, B.R. T/Sgt.
RW Matthews. A.D. S/Sgt.
LW White, F.A. S/Sgt.
BT Nowicki, M.M. S/Sgt.
TG Noone, T.E. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 096
P Monroe, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Neill, C.W. 2nd Lt.
N Beezley, D.D. 2nd Lt.
NG Lucas, L.M. S/Sgt.
E Houser, B.M. T/Sgt.
R Lancy, N.J. T/Sgt.
RW Hall, G.E. S/Sgt.
LW Dilley, P.E. S/Sgt.
BT Wambach, J. Sgt.
TG Desonne, M. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 466
P Edwards, C.E. Capt.
CP Martin, M.K. Maj.
N Untiedt, L.F. Capt.
N Dunphy, R.J. 1st Lt.
B Joachim, W.F. 1st Lt.
E Mellow, N.J. T/Sgt.
R Braddock, W.A. T/Sgt.
RW LeBleu, L.W. S/Sgt.
LW Medel, M.N. S/Sgt.
BT Hill, R.E. S/Sgt.
TG Phelps, G.A. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
CA Player, G.C. Maj.
P Reade, J.J. Capt.
CP Long, J.D. 1st Lt.
N Planche, M.M. 1st Lt.
N Daniels, A.S. 2nd Lt.
B Morton, E.R. 2nd Lt.
E Edwards, C.E. T/Sgt.
R Schwabel, C.A. T/Sgt.
RW Morris, J.A. S/Sgt.
LW Sikoff, H. S/Sgt.
BT Wagner, D.R. S/Sgt.
TG Turner, L.F. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 033
P Hamblen, C.W. 1st Lt.
CP McCarter, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hurst, F.B. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Joyce, G.P. 2nd Lt.
E Sears, A.R. T/Sgt.
R Burnell, W.E. T/Sgt.
RW Harris, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Butler, G.R. S/Sgt.
BT McLain, B.G. Pvt.
TG Lindsay, V.R. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Cheek, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Szenegato, J. 2nd Lt.
N Beddingfield, L.L. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Curry, E.D. S/Sgt.
R Schroeck, L.A. S/Sgt.
RW Layman, H.A. Sgt.
LW Miles, V.G. Sgt.
BT Corcoran, R.G. Sgt.
TG Miller, J.E. Sgt.
29 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 604
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.
29 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 966
P Bridson, G.L. 1st Lt.
CP Green, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N White, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Willemin, W.W. 2nd Lt.
E Ashcraft, B. S/Sgt.
R Paolucci, U. S/Sgt.
RW Seery, J.B. S/Sgt.
LW Stafford, J.A. S/Sgt.
BT Powers, G. S/Sgt.
TG Tatelbaum, G. S/Sgt.
29 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.
NG MCEwan, D.L. S/Sgt.
R Hebert, I.L. S/Sgt.
E Kuchta, J. S/Sgt.
RW Stahl, W.H. Sgt.
LW Rawson, B.J. Sgt.
BT Daywalt, J.E. Sgt.
TG Siegel, G.W. S/Sgt.
29 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 448
P Niederriter, R.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Spencer, F.R. 2nd Lt.
N Richert, G.W. F/O
B Correnty, R.D. 2nd Lt.
E Maertens, H.J. S/Sgt.
R Underwood, J.W. S/Sgt.
RW Greenwood, I.G. S/Sgt.
NG Flowers, W.C. Sgt.
BT Traina, S. Sgt.
TG Spurgeon, E.F. Sgt.
29 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990
P Hunt, N.J. 1st Lt.
CP Roetzel, P.B. 2nd Lt.
N Shelton, O.W. 2nd Lt.
B Sullivan, F.J. 2nd Lt.
E McKinzie, W.L. T/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 Whitlock, G.E. Pvt.
29 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 229
P Ruvolis, L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Wunderlin, C.F. 2nd Lt.
N Mayer, R.S. F/O
B Young, E. 2nd Lt.
E Cowley, J.C. S/Sgt.
R Garvey, J.A. S/Sgt.
RW Beltz, G.E. Sgt.
LW Schenkenberger, J. Sgt.
BT White, R.A. Sgt.
TG Sheridan, T.V. Sgt.
29 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 037
P Leghorn, A.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Floyd, R.B. 2nd Lt.
N Seymer, R.F. 2nd Lt.
B Rothman, M. F/O
E Powell, W.A. S/Sgt.
R Pattison, W.G. S/Sgt.
RW Huskey, C.O. Sgt.
LW Squires, R. Sgt.
BT Brown, L.F. Sgt.
TG Lanier, J.E. Sgt.
29 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 137
P Schafer, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Winans, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Martin, A.V. F/O
B Jaffe, A.J. 2nd Lt.
E Reid, H.R. S/Sgt.
R Ward, R.A. S/Sgt.
RW Bell, R.N. Sgt.
LW Razo, E.G. Sgt.
BT Miller, S. Sgt.
TG Pitts, J.B. Sgt.
29 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308
P McMillan, H.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Guckert, D.J. 2nd Lt.
N Jennings, C.H. 2nd Lt.
B Gallagher, J.R. 2nd Lt.
E Hill, T.H. S/Sgt.
R Lindberg, W.G. S/Sgt.
RW Hardy, R.W. Sgt.
LW Gray, G.W. Sgt.
BT Dodge, F.V. Sgt.
TG Wiersma, S.A. Sgt.