10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 493rd Bombardment Squadron

Sgt. Charles R. Adair, 16080616, Ball Turret Gunner - Chase Crew

Enlisted 5 Aug 42   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Robert L. Adams, 12024182, Flight Engineer - Meade Crew

Enlisted: 7 May 41   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal


SSgt. Theodore Adams, 36347068, Aerial Gunner - Austin Crew

Enlisted: 9 Jun 42


SSgt. Everett E. Agan, 35374335, Armorer Gunner

Served: 1942 - 1945    48 Combat Missions

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


SSgt. Vernon E. Agness, 37562966, Tail Gunner - Norris Crew

Enlisted: 27 May 41    Separated: 12 Dec 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Andrew B. Aldridge, 39275956, Aerial Gunner - Bradford Crew

Enlisted: 9 Jan 43    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Aldridge was a gunner on B-24J #44-40992, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a five plane formation that departed Pandaveswar India to bomb targets at Moulmein Burma. Five minutes after dropping their bombs the formation was jumped by eight to twelve Japanese fighters. During the attacks Aldridge's plane collided with one of the other bombers in the formation causing both to crash into the Bay of Martaban, killing both crews. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Air Medal    Purple Heart


2Lt. Hollis K. Almonrode, O-765214, Co Pilot - Cheaney Crew

Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

Almonrode was the pilot of B-24L #44-41440, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a six plane formation that departed Pandaveswar India to search the Bay of Bengal for a B-29 that had not returned from a bombing mission. The B-24 was seen to veer away from the course the rest of the planes were flying and it did not return to base. Subsequent searches found that Almonrode's plane had crashed on top of the Banjhikusam Mountain Range about twenty miles west southwest of Udala Burma.

SSgt. Donald F. Alsever, 31144259, Radio Operator - Tromblay Crew

Enlisted: 18 Jul 42    Separated: 21 Nov 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Richard C. Amidon, O684213, Bombardier - Meade Crew / S-2 Officer

Enlisted: 11 Jun 42    Separated: 14 Oct 45

450 Combat Hours

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart


1Lt. John R. Andrick, O-703023, Bombardier - Mallon Crew / S-2 Officer

Enlisted: 25 Nov 40

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Lewis P. Annabalini, 31411344, Aerial Gunner - Sommers Crew

Enlisted: 3 Mar 44    Killed In Action: 29 Jun 45

Annabalini was a gunner on B-24M #44-50389, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were returning to their base at Pandaveswar India from a bombing mission against Ban Takll Siam when contact was lost. It is believed the aircraft crashed into the Bay of Bengal near Akyab Burma.

SSgt. Bertram J. Archer, 12140538, Aerial Gunner - Stringfellow Crew

Enlisted: 4 Sep 42    Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

SSgt. Archer was a gunner on B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force. They were part of a formation of B-24s on a bombing mission to Insein, Burma, near Rangoon. Fierce enemy opposition of anti-aircraft fire and fighter planes was encountered. Before reaching the target the plane was hit by A-A and the right wing was smoking badly as the ship dropped and slid off in a banking turn to the right. Between eight and ten enemy fighters began attacking the disabled ship. The plane dropped about 3000-6000 feet before bursting into flames and exploding.

Sgt. Clarence O. Ard, 19011241, Aircraft Mechanic / Crew Chief

Enlisted: 8 Oct 40    Separated: 4 Jun 44

To Theater: 21 Nov 41    Returned to USA: 9 Dec 44


Capt. Kenneth B. Arnold, O-855450, S-3 Officer / Communications

Enlisted: 5 Jun 42


SSgt. Otto E. Arthur, 35728018, Flight Engineer

Enisted: 29 Mar 43   Distinguished Flying Cross&;  Air Medal


1Lt. James H. Austin, O-659621, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 26 Sep 42    Assigned to 493rd: Separated: 11 Feb 46


TSgt. Omar A. Austin, 20150369, Aerial Gunner - Harold Goad Crew

Enlisted: 15 Nov 41    Killed In Action: 14 Oct 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

Austin was a gunner on B-24D #41-24220, assigned to the 10th Air Force. On a combat mission to Rangoon, Burma, the plane was shot down 30 miles west of Rangoon. The aircraft was hit in the bomb bay and a fire erupted. The fuselage broke in half and disintegrated. Austin and four other crewmen were killed, the other five men were able to escape via parachute and became prisoners of war.

Sgt. Julius M. Axelrod, 32870214, Radio Operator - Zander Crew

Enlisted: 22 Mar 43


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