Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 492nd Bombardment Squadron

Pvt. Conrad E. Maeding, 39582832   Enlisted: 15 Apr 44   Joined 492nd: December 1944   Separated: 17 Feb 46


Pvt. Donald H. Manns, 12094709,Payroll Clerk    Enlisted 10 Jul 42


Sgt. Victor C. Marchlik, 33344962, Photo Lab Technician

Enlisted: 5 Nov 42    Assigned to 492nd: December 1944


Pvt. Pershing W. Marlow, 37418450, Armament    Enlisted: 11 Jun 42


Sgt. James G. Marrs, 37329279    Good Conduct Medal


SSgt. Edward W. Martens, 36253291, Aerial Gunner - Murrell Crew

Enlisted: 27 Jul 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Cecil C. Mason, O-692500, Bombardier

Enlisted: 29 Apr 41   Joined 492nd: 1 Jul 44   Separated: 6 Oct 45

Air Medal


PFC Frank H. Mastali, 36631475, Telephone/Telegraph Lineman

Added to 492nd: December 1944


SSgt. Jesse D. Matthews, 35602117, Aerial Gunner - Littrell Crew

Enlisted: 9 Feb 43    To Theater: 13 May 44   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Cpl. Chester O. Maxey, 0-6265859, Engineering & Maintenance

Enlisted: 4 Sep 40    Honorable Discharge: 28 Jul 45


2Lt. Billy N. McAdoo, 0-2009897, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 31 Jan 43    Separated: 17 Sep 46

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Charles A. McAnarney, Jr., 37540708, Radio Operator - Zwiep Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Robert J. McCall, 36564308

Bombsight Mechanic    Joined 492nd: December 1944


TSgt. William M. McClintock, 14161838, Flight Engineer - Bashor Crew    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Cpl. Russell F. McColley, 35326296, Aircraft Mechanic

Enlisted: 11 Aor 42    Added to 492nd: December 1944


Pvt. Russell J. McConahay, 35274186, Aircraft Mechanic

Enlisted: 4 Feb 42    Separated: 5 Oct 45


SSgt. Alvin W. McDaniel, 18116896, Nose Gunner - Palmer Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Joseph T. McDermott, O-722365, Co Pilot - Buchholz Crew

Added to 492nd: December 1944


Capt. Robert B. McKee, Jr., O-417322, B-24 Pilot    Air Medal


Pvt. Charles V. McKenzie, 16051311   Assigned to 492nd: 9 Jun 43


Cpl. William T. McKillip, 13083422, Admin - General Duty    Enlisted: 26 Jun 42


Sgt. Thomas J. McLaughlin, 32580350, Aerial Gunner - McKee Crew

Enlisted: 4 Nov 42   Joined 492nd: 7 Apr 44   Air Medal


1Lt. Michael J. McMackin, O-716750, Bombardier - Davis Crew

Joined 492nd: 6 Jul 44    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Pvt. Joseph McManus, 11115452, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 2 Nov 42   Joined 492nd: 7 Apr 44   Air Medal


1Lt. Robert F. McVay, O-766312, Bombardier - Chapyak

Enlisted: 17 Sep 42   Joined 492nd: 15 Jul 44   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Edmund F. McWilliams, 31120370, Aerial Gunner - Veach Crew

Enlisted: 9 Jun 42   Joined 492nd: 20 feb 44   Separated: 14 Oct 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Charles E. Mead, O-694841, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 11 Sep 42   Killed In Action, Shot Down: 21 Nov 44

Lt. Mead was the pilot of B-24J #44-40811, assigned to the 10th Air Force. They were part of a twelve plane formation that departed Madhaiganj, India to knock out the Geang Luang bridge in Burma. Right after bombing the target from about 300 feet the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the left wing, which caught fire. The plane drifted to the left, lost altitude and crashed 25 miles southwest of Bhre, Thailand, All aboard were killed.

Cpl. Arnold O. Meckel, 18101690, Payroll Clerk


Cpl. Charlie W. Meigs, 18069993, Service Records   Enlisted: 23 Jan 42


2Lt. William P. Melchionni, O-707301, Navigator - Palmer Crew

Enlisted: 6 Aug 42    Separated: 27 May 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


2Lt. John M. Mercer, 0-2051361, Co Pilot - Murrell Crew

17 Dec 44 - While on a gas haul to China, icing caused engine problems and forced crew to bail out.
They evaded capture and returned safely to base.

SSgt. Thomas C. Merriman, 11098168, Aerial Gunner - Hall Crew

Enlisted: 6 Nov 42    Air Medal


Sgt. John B. Merz, 36775336, Waist Gunner - Crumpacker Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Robert J. Messick, 18083509   Enlisted: 6 Jul 42   Joined 492nd: 6 Aug 44


SSgt. Mathew M. Meyer, 35099354, Radio Operator - Buchholz Crew   Air Medal (Posthumous)

Killed In Action: 18 Aug 44, B-24 Crash

Meyer was the radio operator on B-24J #42-73080, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They crashed on final approach to Kurmitola airbase in India, having flown from Kunming China. All aboard, except the co-pilot, were killed.

1Lt. Robert L. Miller, O-820902, Co Pilot - Bittner Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. John C. Minton, O-780169, Bombardier - E. Williams Crew

Enlisted: 12 Dec 42    Killed In Action: 8 May 45, B-24 Crash

Air Medal

Minton was a bombardier with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. His plane, B-24J #42-73246, nicknamed 'Snafu' crashed on takeoff from Madhaiganj air base in India. All aboard were killed.

Sgt. Frank A. Miozzi, 32725976, Cook   Assigned to 492nd: December 1944


1Lt. John J. Mitchell, O-711463, Navigator - Raymond Mitchell & Carl Fritsche Crews

Enlisted: 23 Nov 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1 Lt. Joseph B. Monahan, O-714642, Navigator

Enlisted: 23 Jul 42    Joined 492nd: 15 Jul 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Pvt. Eli F. Monroe, 14165393

Enlisted: 22 Oct 42   Joined 492nd: 89 Aug 44   Separated: 4 Jan 46


Sgt. William P. Montague, 33374579, Radio Operator - Krogh Crew   Enlisted: 7 Sep 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. James R. Morgan, 18160728, Radio Operator - Lindquist & Sherman Crews

Killed In Action: 7 Jul 45, B-24 Crash

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

SSgt. Morgan was the radio operator on B-24L #44-49574, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They where flying a cargo of gasoline from Tezpur India over the Himalayas to Chengtu air base in China when they crashed under unknown circumstances. All aboard were killed.

1Lt. Robert F. Morris, Jr., O-734467, Bombardier - Thomas Schiebel Crew

Joined 492nd: 2 Jun 43


Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Michael Morrison, Jr., 33438746, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 26 Feb 43    Separated: 1 Dec 45


Sgt. Carl R. Morrow, Enlisted: 8 Aug 42    Assigned to 492nd: June 1944


SSgt. Edward L. Moss, 34437186, Aerial Gunner - Donald Tennent Crew

Enlisted: 30 Oct 42   Air Medal   Good Conduct Medal


SSgt. Charles F. Motley, Jr., 38427970, Aerial Gunner - Donald Tennent Crew

Joined 492nd: 22 Apr 44


MSgt. Homer D. Motter, 0-6934121, Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Enlisted: 29 Sep 39    Returned to ZI: December 1944


2Lt. Kenneth P. Moxley, O-660885, Navigator - Kavanagh Crew

Enlisted: 13 Nov 41    Taken as Prisoner of War: May 1943

  On May 1, 1943 Moxley was the navigator on B-24D #41-42513 serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of an eight plane mission to bomb Japanese cargo ships in the harbor at Rangoon, Burma. Immediately after dropping their bombs they were attacked by enemy fighter planes, knocking out two engines and wounding four of the crew. Their plane fell out of formation and the fighters continued their attacks until the bomber was able to lose them in cloud cover.
   Approximately an hour later they were finally unable to keep the plane in the air and crash landed in a rice paddy northwest of Bassein, Burma. By this point three of the crew had died of their wounds. The remaining crew set out on foot through the jungle in hopes of reaching India. They were attacked by Japanese patrols three time over the following week (one crewman was killed) before finally being captured and taken to Rangoon Central Jail. Moxley remained a prisoner until the war ended.

1Lt. Stanley J. Mroczek, 15063542, Co Pilot - Bodmer Crew

Enlisted: 13 Aug 41    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Peter J. Munley, 32915835, Aerial Gunner - Davis Crew

Enlisted: 19 Apr 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Hugh J. Murrell, Jr., O-719711, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 5 Oct 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Don D. Myers, 0-6991746, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 20 Jan 40   Distinguished Flying Cross


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