Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

F/O Herman T. Palmer, T-124478, Navigator - Kirkhoff Crew

Enlisted: 12 Mar 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Anthony R. Palmere, Chief Mess Sergeant    Joined 492nd: 9 Aug 44


SSgt. James H. Parrish, 38420839, Flight Engineer - Gunther Crew

Joined 492nd: 14 Sep 44    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Charles M. Partlow, O-689342, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 29 Jun 42    Joined 492nd: 22 Oct 44


1Lt. Ralph H. Patton, 0-2068455, Navigator - Shull Crew

Enlisted: 6 Apr 44   Joined 492nd: April 1945   Separated 31 Jan 46


TSgt. Clayton C. Paullin, 35055671, Flight Engineer - Elwood Crew

Enlisted: 30 Mar 43   Joined 492nd: 1 Jul 44   Separated: 23 Sep 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Cpl. James Pedrero, 12129670   Good Conduct Medal

Enlisted: 4 Sep 42    Separated 6 Oct 45


1Lt. Anthony Perez, O-561827, Group Photo Officer   Killed In Action: 8 May 45

Perez was a photographer with the Headquarters 7th Bomb Group of the 10th Air Force. His was flying aboard B-24J #42-73246, nicknamed 'Snafu' which crashed on takeoff from Madhaiganj air base in India. All aboard were killed.

SSgt. Cafiero (NMI) Petrini, 33350831, Flight Engineer - Littrell Crew

Enlisted: 8 Aug 42    Arrived in Theater: 13 May 44

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Leo J. Petronaitis, O-777928

Enlisted: 10 Dec 42    Air Medal


SSgt. Robert A. Peyton, 35583086, Radio Operator - Brenner & Spurrell Crews

Enlisted: 21 Jan 43   Arrived in Theater: 13 May 44   Separated: 7 Oct 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Chester J. Pietryka, 13012079, Engineering & Maintenance

Enlisted: 18 Nov 40    Separated: 4 Oct 45


Capt. William S. Piper, Jr., O-499750, Flight Surgeon

Assigned to 492nd: 6 Mar 44   Transferred to 1st Air Commando Group: 19 Aug 44


TSgt. Frank J. Pisanick, 13045873, Aerial Gunner - Thomas Schiebel Crew

Enlisted: 2 Jan 42   Joined 492nd: 2 Jun 43   Separated: 14 Sep 45

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


SSgt. Harold H. Plath, 18197999, Flight Engineer - Breedlove Crew

Enlisted: 16 Oct 42    Separated: 7 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Stanley, M. Plezia, 35520921

Enlisted: 6 Nov 42   Joined 492nd: 4 Apr 44   Separated: 13 Nov 45


1Lt. Irving M. Pokrass, O-703519, Bombardier - Bashor Crew

Enlisted: 28 Jan 43   Air Medal


SSgt. Joseph C. Poland, 7009997, Armorer Gunner - Waara Crew

Enlisted: 7 Nov 40    Separated 23 Nov 45

Air Medal


2Lt. Jack C. Porter, O-661863, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 13 Nov 41   Killed In Action: 26 Mar 43, B-24 Crash

Porter was the pilot of a B-24D bomber assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. On March 26, 1943 they were number one to take off for a mission from Alipore Airdrome in India. They failed to clear some palm trees at the end of the runway, crashed, and eight of the nine men aboard were killed. Only the flight engineer survived. He received the Purple Heart.

SSgt. Adolph R. Pospyhalla, 16047094, Radio Operator - Stahl Crew

Enlisted: 15 Dec 41   Killed, Non-Battle: 12 Sep 44

B-24 Crash during evasive exercise with 10th Air Force Rescue Squadron.


TSgt. Carl F. Principe, 15017536, Communications Chief

Enlisted: 12 Feb 41    Joined 492nd: December 1944


1Lt. John J. Probst, O-703520, Bombardier - Bittner Crew

Enlisted: 28 Feb 43   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. LeRoy H. Prodoehl, O-775717, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 1 Mar 43    Joined 492nd: December 1944


TSgt. Richard F. Putman, 19179677, Flight Engineer - Breedlove Crew

Enlisted: 29 Oct 42   Separated: 3 Oct 45   Air Medal


SSgt. Howard (NMI) Pyle, 13078287, Flight Engineer - Thomas Schiebel Crew

Enlisted: 20 Apr 42   Joined 492nd: 2 Jun 43   Separated: 27 Sep 45

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Good Conduct Medal


7th BG Personnel

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