Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

SSgt. Wilbur J. Van Beek, 37667517, Ball Turret Gunner - Chapyak Crew

Enlisted: 29 Mar 43    Separated: 8 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Marvin E. Varnado, 38058936, Radio Operator - Winzer Crew

Enlisted: 17 Oct 41   Relieved from 492nd: 18 Oct 43   Separated: 19 Sep 45


1Lt. Roy G. Vaughan, O-435815, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 12 Jul 41    Killed In Action: 26 Oct 43

Air Medal    Purple Heart

  Vaughan was the pilot on B-24J #42-73060, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron.
   En route to Rangoon, Burma on a combat mission, the formation of B-24s came under attack by enemy fighters. In one of the passes, a zero made an attack from about three o'clock. As the fighter went through the formation, it struck Vaughan's bomber at about the waist position, cutting the fuselage in half and tearing off the zero's tail. Both planes spun out of control and crashed.
  Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

SSgt. John R. Vawter, 36621884, Aerial Gunner - Amos Smith Crew

Joined 492nd: 1 Feb 44    Relieved from 492nd: 19 Jan 45


1Lt. Ray Veach, O-680775, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 24 Feb 41   Joined 492nd: 20 Feb 44   To ZI: 13 Feb 48

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Killed, Marc 5, 1955 when transport plane he was flying crashed into a mountain in Taipei, Formosa.


SSgt. Peter Vellis, 32515334, Aerial Gunner - Tennent Crew

Enlisted: 30 Sep 42    Joined 492nd: 15 Jul 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Theodore H. Videto, 31156153, Radio Operator

Enlisted: 9 Sep 42    Returned to ZI: December 1944

Distnguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart   Good Conduct Medal


TSgt. Joseph "Pep" Vierra, 39120934, Radio Operator - Palmer Crew

Enlisted: 20 Jan 43    Separated: 31 Oct 45

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon   Good Conduct Medal


7th BG Personnel

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