Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

1Lt. Richard N. "Dicky" Wade, 0-2960620, Navigator - Crumpacker Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


SSgt. Arthur E. Wagner, 39121026, Armorer Gunner - Davis Crew

Enlisted: 28 Jan 42   Joined 492nd: 6 Jul 44   Separated: 18 Oct 45

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Richard D. Wagner, O-930556, Co Pilot - Nienhius Crew

Assigned to 492nd: 23 Jan 45    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Willis F. Wagner, 13013963, Co Pilot

Enlisted: 26 Mar 43   Separated: 16 Feb 46   Air Medal


1Lt. Hugh R. Walker, 14027200, Chemical Warfare Officer

Enlisted: 20 Jan 42    Separated: 12 Oct 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Sgt. Raymond D. Walker, 35250735, Flight Engineer - Sherman Crew

Enlisted: 11 Dec 41    Killed In Action: 7 Jul 45

Walker was the flight engineer 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. Spencer W. Walker, 0-2056500, Navigator - Jensen Crew

Enlisted: 14 Mar 41   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Stanley D. Walker, 14064690, Flight Engineer - Griffith & Kemper Crews

Enlisted: 30 Dec 41    To Gunnery School: 28 Oct 44

Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Capt. Ferris L. Wall, O-430002, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 18 Mar 41   Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Nathan L. Wall, 34057435, Aerial Gunner - Delahay Crew

Enlisted: 11 Oct 41    Separated: 25 Sep 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


2Lt. Robert H. Waller, O-801530, Navigator - Vaughn Crew


Air Medal    Purple Heart

  Waller was the navigator 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 Waller'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. ecause his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

2Lt. Claudius B. Ward, O-729682, Navigator - Griffith Crew

Enlisted: 5 Sep 42    Separated: 18 Nov 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Sgt. Robert H. Welser, 36891292, Top Turret Gunner - Crumpacker Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

27 Combat Missions

(From Gladwin County Record, 9 May 45) - Awarded Air Medal in Burma: Award of the Air Medal to Sgt. Robert H. Welser, 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Welser of Gladwin, was announced by Maj. Gen. Howard C. Davidson, Commanding General, Tenth Air Force, in Burma. Sgt. Welser, who has been in the service 15 months, spent the past 5 months in the India Burma theater with the veteran 7th Bombardment Group of the Tenth Air Force. He is credited with 22 missions and 200 hours of combat flying. The Sergeant graduated from Arthur Hill high school, in Saginaw to the General Motors Institute at Flint.

(From Gladwin County Record, Gladwin County Record, November 28, 1945 - Sgt. Robert H. Welser, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Welser, received his honorable discharge from the Army at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, on November 17th. He was a top-turret gunner, on a B-24, with the Tenth Air Force, Seventh Heavy Bomber Group. In his 11 months overseas he participated in three major campaigns, in 27 bombing missions, and was credited with 300 hours of combat flying. Sgt. Welser served in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations, receiving the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Distinguished Flying Cross. During the Christmas holidays he is working at the Gladwin Hardware Company, but will enter Michigan State College after the first of the year; prior to his entering the Army he was a student at the General Motors Technical School at Flint.

Sgt. Norris L. Wesler, 33316879, Armorer Gunner

Enlisted: 9 Jun 42    Separated: 14 Dec 45

Air Medal


TSgt. Frank A. Westenkirchner, 15133081, Radio Operator - Chapyak Crew

Enlisted: 28 Dec 44   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal


1Lt. Ernest G. White, O-819655, Co Pilot - Littrell Crew

To Theater: 13 May 44   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal


PFC Henry H. White, 18077014, Quartermaster Supply Technician

Enlisted: 28 Jul 42    Added to 492nd: December 1944


1Lt. Alfred Whittell, Jr., O-821129, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 16 Nov 42   Squadron Historian   Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


SSgt. Lawrence A. Wick, 37563333, Radio Operator - Bruno Waara Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Kenneth E. Wilburn, 13106580, Radio Operator - Dean Crew

Enlisted: 11 Mar 43    Separated: 23 Oct 45

Air Medal


1Lt. Eugene B. Williams, 0-2059671, B-24 First Pilot

Killed In Action: 8 May 45

Air Medal    Purple Heart

1st Lt. Williams was a pilot 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.

SSgt. James A. Williams, 14125644, Aerial Gunner

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

Air Medal    Good Conduct Medal


Sgt. John N. Wilson, 39407034, Radio Operator - Prodoehl Crew

Enlisted: 11 Jan 43   Added to 492nd: December 1944   Separated: 21 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Capt. William D. Wilson, O-670063, Bombardier - Veach Crew

Enlisted: 29
303 Combat Hours   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. John E. Windhorst, Jr., 12089401B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 12 Sep 42    To ZI: 13 Feb 45


SSgt. William J. Windt, 35398953, Armorer Gunner - Amos Smith Crew

Enlisted: 21 Oct 42    Joined 492nd: 1 Feb 44   Separated 7 Nov 45

Air Medal


Capt. Ted M. Winzer, O-775690, B-24 First Pilot / Command Pilot

Enlisted: 11 Jul 41    Separated: 11 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Sylvester A. Witek, 16131945, Aerial Gunner - Berry Crew

Enlisted: 13 Oct 42    Separated: 13 Oct 45


SSgt. Joseph E. Woodburn, 13039894, Aerial Gunner - Adams Crew

Enlisted: 27 Dec 41    Separated: 16 Sep 45

Distinguished Flying Cross   :nbsp;Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Harold V. Woodhouse, 39820706, Flight Engineer - Brenner Crew

Enlisted: 8 Feb 43   To Theater: 13 May 44   Separated: 19 Oct 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Granville C. Woods, Jr., 34720232, Radio Operator-Gunner

Enlisted: 4 Feb 43   Joined 492nd: 15 Jul 44

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal


1Lt. Harold B. Woods, O-705199, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 13 Oct 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Charles R. Working, 13118496, Flight Engineer

Enlisted: 18 Feb 43   Reported to 492nd: 11 Jul 44


1Lt. Thomas D. Workman, Jr., O-762979, Bombardier - Dean Crew

Enlisted: 5 Feb 43    Separated: 31 May 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Charles W. Wright, 32501439, Aerial Gunner - Vaughn Crew

Enlisted: 12 Sep 42    Killed In Action: 26 Oct 43

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Wright was a gunner 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 Wright'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.

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