Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

TSgt. Edward Raftery, 11043042, Radio Operator - Carl Fritsche Crew

Enlisted: 17 Apr 42    Joined 492nd: 15 Aug 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


Pvt. Jacob Raisanen, 16108770, Armorer

Enlisted: 5 Aug 42   Joined 492nd: December 1944   Separated: 13 Nov 45


1Lt. Earl A. Rambow, O-790177, Navigator - McCoy & Stephens Crews

Enlisted: 8 Oct 41    Returned to ZI: 19 Apr 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


SSgt. Russell V. Randall, 12031238, Aerial Gunner - Mead Crew

Enlisted: 16 Dec 41    Killed In Action: 21 Nov 44, B-24 Shot Down

SSgt. Randall was a gunner on 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.

1Lt. Melvin (NMI)Rapport, O-808402, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 27 Mar 42    Separated: 20 Jun 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Sgt. William E. Ratcliff, 11087195, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 10 Aug 42    Separated: 21 Nov 45


Capt. Keith L. Ray, O-863374, Assistant Squadron Ordnance Officer    Enlisted: 30 Nov 42


2Lt. Albert J. Raymond, O-785592, Bombardier - Nienhius Crew

Assigned to 492nd: 23 Jan 45    Air Medal


Sgt. Raymond P. Reas, 15363967, Armorer Gunner

Enlisted: 14 Dec 42    Separated: 19 Dec 45

Air Medal


Cpl. Robert L. Reddish, 34822184, Aerial Gunner - Krogh Crew

Enlisted: 1 Jun 43    Separated 1 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Jack K. Redmon, 19074486, Radio Operator - Kavanagh Crew

Enlisted: 13 Jan 42    Taken as Prisoner Of War: 1 May 43

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

On May 1, 1943 Redmon was the radio operator on B-24D #41-42513, "7-11", 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 a Japanese patrol and Redmon was killed in the skirmish.

SSgt. William L. Renner, 37496780, Nose Gunner - Chapyak Crew   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Homer L. Richardson, Jr., 0-6288563

Enlisted: 10 Aug 38   Transferred from 492nd to 493rd BS: 1 Feb 43   Separated: 15 Sep 66


SSgt. Stanley J. Richly, 17059046, Waist Gunner - Elwood Crew

Enlisted: 28 Aug 42   Joined 492nd: 1 Jul 44   Separated: 26 Jul 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


PFC Obren A. Rickett, 38422706, Aerial Gunner - Kirkhoff Crew

Enlisted: 11 May 43    Separated: 3 Nov 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Ronald G. Ridgway, O-726075, Bombardier - Penn Crew

Enlisted: 22 Jan 42    Returned to ZI: 17 aug 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Pvt. Basil J. Ridino, 12199793

Enlisted: 31 Oct 42    Joined 492nd: 9 Aug 44


SSgt. Walter L. Rigsbee, 14149737, Flight Engineer - Gustin Crew

Enlisted: 15 Sep 42    Joined 492nd: 6 Aug 44    Separated: 14 Oct 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. James F. Riley, 13111760, Aerial Gunner - Northrup Crew

Enlisted: 18 Jul 42   Joined 492nd: 1 Jul 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Sgt. Roland H. Ritter, 32761305, Cook    Joined 492nd: December 1944


Capt. Bruce K. Robison, O-711557, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 7 Apr 42    Separated: 31 Jan 58

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


1Lt. Robert J. Roehlk, O-704316, Bombardier - Palmer Crew

Enlisted: 16 Jul 42    Separated: 6 Nov 45   Air Medal


SSgt. Harvey J. Rogers, 37615242, Aerial Gunner - Parrot Crew

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


Sgt. Raymond F. Romans, 37582890, Aerial Gunner - Krogh Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Pierre A. "Frenchy" Rontey, 190167006, Photographer

Enlisted: 28 Oct 40    Separated: 31 Mar 64


TSgt. Donald W. Rose, 130800276, Radio OperatorJoined 492nd: 10 Feb 44    Air Medal


Sgt. Seymour P. Rosenblum, 32620432, Aerial Gunner - Stahl Crew

Killed, Non-Battle: 12 Sep 44 - B-24 Crash During Evasive Action Exercise


2Lt. Norman A. Rosengren, 0-2058089, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 27 Jun 42    Killed, Non-Battle: B-24 Crash

Rosengren was the pilot of B-24J #44-41222, nicknamed 'Lovable Lorena', assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They were making a night flight to carry a cargo of fuel over the Himalayas to China when they crashed on takeoff from Tezpur air base in India. All aboard were killed.

Pvt. Sam Roth, 32438457, Butcher

Enlisted: 26 Aug 42    Joined 492nd: December 1944


1Lt. Howard R. Rothenberg, O-791973, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 31 Dec 41    Separated: 6 Aug 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Eddie C. Rouse, Aerial Gunner - Penn Crew

Enlisted: 10 Feb 42    Separated: 22 Sep 45

Air Medal


1Lt. Francis Rowe, 0-2060204, Navigator - Krogh Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster    Air Medal


TSgt. George C. Ruch, 13047697, Radio Operator - Henning Crew

Enlisted: 10 Jan 42    Air Medal


Sgt. Stephen C. Ruffenach, 42105223, Armorer Gunner - Bruno Waara Crew

Air Medal


Cpl. Leonard L. Ruggs, 36738179, Cook    Joined 492nd: December 1944


PFC Russell C. Runion, 13137068

Enlisted: 25 Nov 42    Separated: 13 Nov 45


1Lt. Philip H. Runnells, O-765322, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 19 Mar 43   Reported to 492nd: 11 Jul 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Sgt. Donald W. Rynders, 3289026, Aerial Gunner - Northrup Crew

Enlisted: 20 Feb 43   Joined 492nd: 1 Jul 44   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


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