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

Major Robert G. Bailey, O-659633, Squadron Commander

Command: 18 Nov 43 - 14 Apr 44


SSgt. Earl R. Baker, 39620384, Armorer-Gunner

Discharged: December 1945

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster   Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/3 Battle Stars   Good Conduct Medal

Presidential Unit Citation w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters   American Theater Ribbon   Victory Medal


1Lt. Elwood W. Baker, O-696535, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 23 Dec 42   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Cpl. James H. Balma, 16001831, Aerial Gunner - Bailey Crew

Enlisted: 18 Sep 40    Separated: 30 Aug 45


TSgt. Thomas H. Barber, 34763749, Flight Engineer - Hillman Crew

Enlisted: 13 Mar 43   To Theate: 13 May 44   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Robert L. Barnes, 17162147, Radio Operator - Meade Crew

Enlisted: 11 Dec 42   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal


SSgt. Lester F. Basler, 16150294, Armorer-Gunner

Enlisted: 11 Nov 42   Separated: 27 Sep 45   Air Medal


SSgt. Vestal F. Bass, 14100201, Armorer-Gunner

Enlisted: 24 Sep 42   Separated: 23 Oct 45   Air Medal


Sgt. Anton Batha, 16004454, Aircraft Mechanic

Entered Service: 21 Apr 41   Left for CBI; 21 Nov 41   Returned to ZI: 9 Dec 44


Sgt. Charles M. Bauer, Jr., 31307637, Aerial Gunner - Hillman Crew

Enlisted: 31 Mar 43   To Theater: 13 May 44   Air Medal


2Lt. Dony B. Baynton, 19163326, Radar Operator - Zander Crew

Enlisted: 24 Sep 42


SSgt. William C. Becker, 35514154, Aerial Gunner - Kimball Crew

Enlisted: 30 Sep 42    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

Becker was part of a six plane formation on the way to bomb the town of Pakokku when they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters. After several attacks, Becker's plane had suffered heavy damage and went out of control. It rolled over on its back and and dived straight into the ground from 11,000 feet. Two of the other planes were shot down as well.

Sgt. Carter P. Bedard, 36457074, Aerial Gunner - Bodmer Crew

Enlisted: 11 Mr 43    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Bedard was a gunner on B-24J #44-70414, 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 Bedard'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.

Sgt. Hal Begg, 35927966,, Tail Gunner - Chase Crew

Enlisted 31 Jan 44    Air Medal


2Lt. Frank J. Beier, O-564781, Enlisted: 12 Mar 41   Assigned to Squadron: 26 Jan 43   Separated: 23 May 46


1Lt. James L. Bell, O-661582, B-24 First Pilot

Assigned to 493rd: 17 Jan 43    51 MIssions


TSgt. Lyle L. Benda, 37424666, Flight Engineer - Aldrich Crew

Air Medal


Sgt. Owen H. Benderman, 34280098, Enlisted: 8 Apr 42


SSgt. Robert H. Bennett, 35433767, Armorer-Gunner

Enlisted: 25 Jun 42   Separated: 14 Sep 45   Air Medal


1Lt. Ernest J. Benshimol, Jr., O-734301, Bombardier - Ready & Young Crews

Enlisted: 20 Jan 42   41 Combat Missions

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Flight Officer Elmer Beseke, 16138869, Navigator - Stulz Crew

Enlisted: 21 Feb 43    Assigned to 493rd: 8 Feb 45


SSgt. John R. Blackwell, 34284942, Armorer-Gunner

Enlisted: 9 May 42

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


SSgt. Carl E. Blair, 18110956, Flight Engineer - Jacobus Crew

Enlisted: 13 Feb 42

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Flight Officer Herbert Bleich, T-129243, Navigator - South Crew

Enlisted: 11 NOv 42    Killed, Non-Battle: 11 Nov 44

Bleich was flying as the navigator on B-24J #44-40814, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron at Pandaveswar air base in India. They were giving a night landing checkout to a newly arrived pilot when a tire blew out on takeoff. The plane crashed at the end of the runway killing all aboard.

1Lt. Edwin E. Bodley, O-805246, Navigator

Entered Service: 8 May 42    Killed In Action: 13 Aug 45


1Lt. Arthur J. Bodmer, Jr., O-697093, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 6 Jul 42    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

38 Combat Missions   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal

Purple Heart

Bodmer was the pilot of B-24J #44-70414, 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 Bodmer's plane collided with one of the other bombers in the formation causing both to crash into the Bay of Martaban, killing both crews.

1Lt. George A. Bond, O-734872, Bombardier - Ingham Crew

Enlisted: 8 Jan 42    Killed In Action: 25 Nov 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

Bond was the bombardier on B-24 #42-73070, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a formation to bomb targets in the Rangoon area. About 15 minutes from the target area they were attacked by Japanese fighter planes. the bomber lost #1 engine and they fell behind the formation, losing altitude. They dropped their bombs over the target and seemed to hold 9,400 feet until just south and east of Akyab, when they went into a heavy cloud bank and were not seen again.

SSgt. Risdon J. "Boots" Booth, 33356376, Armorer-Gunner - Young Crew

Enlisted: 28 Apr 42    Separated: 23 Sep 45

Air Medal


SSgt. Florian F. Borucki, 36870420, Aerial Gunner - Embury Crew

SSgt. Borucki was a gunner on B-24L #44-41438, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were flying a load of fuel from Luliang China to Suichwan at night. As they approached Suichwan, the tower turned off the runway lights and notified them that the airfield was under attack. A US P-61 night fighter mistook Borucki's plane for the Japanese aircraft and shot it down. He was killed along with six of his crew mates. Two others were able to parachute to safety.

TSgt. Charles C. Bowen, 14070288, Flight Engineer - Stringfellow Crew

Enlisted: 31 Dec 41    Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Bowen was the flight engineer 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.

Capt. Archie L. Bradford, O-698939, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 17 Sep 40


Maj. Jack (NMI) Bradford, O-424404, B-24 First Pilot

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Bradford was the pilot of 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 Bradford's plane ship came up underneath the ship and crew of Lt. Arthur Bodmer, causing both to crash into the Bay of Martaban, killing both crews.

PFC Norman J. Breaux, 38498101, Ball Turret Gunner - Nelson Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Cpl. Aubry B. Briggs, 19010459

Enlisted: 7 Nov 40   Assigned to 7th BG: April 1944   Separated: 23 May 45


Sgt. Melvin E. Brittain, 39305217

Enlisted: 14 Jan 42    Separated: November 1945


Sgt. Amarico J. Brioli, 19059643, Ordnance

Enlisted: 9 Dec 42    Left Squadron: 1 Apr 44


PFC James L. Brydie, Jr., 32333576, Mechanic

Enlisted:9 May 42    Separated: 2 Oct 45


1Lt. Erich W. Burchert, O-785163, Bombardier - Chase Crew

Enlisted: 3 Apr 43   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Patrick A. Burchett, 0-6581834, Crew Chief

Arrived in Theater: 8 Mar 43   Killed, Non-Battle: 9 Apr 43

Sgt. Burchett was the first casualty of the 493rd Bomb Squadron. He was killed
while a passenger in a Jeep which struck a fuel truck and overturned.


Sgt. Robert K. Burns, 37702142, Armorer-Gunner    Enlisted: 24 Jun 43


Sgt. Troy E. Burns, 20725973, Berlett Crew

Enlisted: 9 Jun 41     Separated: 8 Sep 45


Capt. Dewey D. Busch, O-438494, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 14 Jul 41   Assigned to 493rd: 8 Jan 43   Separated: 30 Dec 64

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Louis A. Butler, Jr., O-558857, Navigator / Squadron S-2 Officer

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Ronald H. Byrne, 16048791, Radio Operator - Austin Crew

Enlisted: 24 Jan 42    Assigned to 493rd: 1 Feb 43

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

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal w/2 Battle Stars   Good Conduct Medal


493rd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel

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