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

TSgt. Charles F. Caldwell, 0-6913813

Enlisted: 26 May 39


1Lt. Kenimer O. Camp, O-726623, Bombardier - Ra. Olson Crew

Enlisted: 20 Jan 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. A.F. Campbell, 0-6852682, Aerial Gunner - Austin Crew

Assigned to 493rd: 1 Feb 43


1Lt. Clyde C. Cannon, O-725261, CoPilot - Berkeley Crew

Enlisted: 1 Nov 41

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


SSgt. John E. Carlon, 32384078, Aerial Gunner

Entered Service: 7 Aug 42


Sgt. Floyd A. Carnes, 36378381, Aerial Gunner - Eversole & Ready Crews

Entered Service: 30 Sep 43   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. James T. Carroll, Jr., 34670103, Aerial Gunner - Bradford Crew

Entered Service: 23 Mar 43    To Theater: 13 May 44


Capt. James E. Casselberry, O-565007, Group Assistant Air Inspector

Assigned to 7th Bomb Group: May 1944


SSgt. Benjamin J. Cassmer, 32861099, Aerial Gunner - Blair Crew

Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Cassmer was a gunner on B-24J #44-40588, 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. On about the third or fourth pass the bomber's #2 engine caught fire. The pilot shut down the engine, the fire went out and they made a diving left turn into clouds. They were not seen again. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Sgt. Nick C. Chaffos, 39908497, Aerial Gunner - Hillman Crew

Entered Service: 1 Feb 43   To CBI Theater: 13 May 44   Separated: 28 Oct 45

Air Medal


1Lt. John F. Charnell, O-443507, Bombardier - Busch Crew

Enlisted: 17 Sep 41    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Thomas C. Cheaney, Jr., O-696550, B-24 First Pilot

Entered Service: 28 Apr 42    Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

Cheaney 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 Cheaney's plane had crashed on top of the Banjhikusam Mountain Range about twenty miles west southwest of Udala Burma.

TSgt. Samuel W. Chenault, 36566665, Radio Operator-Gunner - Hill Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Frank J. Chiarello, 11041104, Aerial Gunner - Goad Crew

Killed In Action: 14 Oct 43    Distinguished Flying Cross

Chiarello 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. Chiarello and four other crewmen were killed, the other five men were able to escape via parachute and became prisoners of war.

1Lt. Robert H. Cline, O-773301, Bombardier - Tromblay Crew

Enlisted: 6 Nov 42

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


1Lt. Joseph W. Coffman, Jr., O-696432, Co Pilot - Bodmer Crew

Enlisted: 15 Jul 42    Killed In Action: 15 Oct 44

Coffman was the co-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 Coffman'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.

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart


Maj. Henry C. Coke, Jr., O-913548, Photo Officer/Assistant Intelligence Officer

Enlisted 8 Aug 42    Separated: 30 Sep 45


Capt. Gerard W. Coleman, O-735275, Navigator/S-4 Officer - Meade Crew

Enlisted: 6 Mar 42    Separated: 9 Nov 45


1Lt. Robert P. Colgan, O-690370, Navigator - Bradford Crew

Enlisted: 25 Jun 42    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Colgan was the navigator 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 Colgan'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.

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


Sgt. James S. Cook, 39693241, Radio Operator - Norris Crew

Enlisted: 4 Feb 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Elton J. Cooper, Jr., 34534898

Enlisted: 19 Jun 43


SSgt. Quintin D. Cory, 19032562, Aerial Gunner - Kimball Crew

Left USA for CBI: 21 Nov 41    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

Cory was a gunner of B-24 #42-73304, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were 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, Cory's plane had suffered heavy damage and went out of control. It rolled over on it's back and and dived straight into the ground from 11,000 feet. Two of the other planes were shot down as well. He was from Spokane, WA.

Maj. Charles F. Craig, O-431928, B-24 Pilot

Assigned to 493rd: November 1944   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Charles R. Crandall, O-889823, Co Pilot - Stulz Crew

Assigned to 493rd: 8 Feb 45    Air Medal


Sgt. Clyde C. Crawford, 39288169, Flight Engineer

Enlisted 22 Mr 44    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


MSgt. Ernest E. Creach, 0-62**798, Aircraft Crew Chief

Arrived in Theater: 15 Apr 43


SSgt. Arthur E. Creamer, 18135742, Radio Operator - Hillman Crew

Departed ZI to Theater: 13 May 44    Air Medal


SSgt. Lyle C. Creason, 37473159, Radio Operator - Gordon Williams Crew

Enlisted: 19 Feb 43   To Theater: 13 May 44   Separated: 18 Oct 45

Air Medal


2Lt. Rex D. Crenshaw, O-928848, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 10 Cec 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Tommie A. Cromeens, 38121088, Aerial Gunner - Austin Crew

Enlisted: 4 Jun 42   Assigned to 493rd: 1 Feb 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


1Lt. John M. Crowley, O-712085, Navigator

Enlisted: 5 Jan 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/@ Oak Leaf Clusters


1Lt. Robert P. Currie, O-443498, Bombardier - Rote Crew

Enlisted: 15 Sep 41    Relieved from duty with 10th Air Force: 18 Oct 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Charles C. Curtin, O-811574, Navigator - Tromblay Crew

Enlisted: 29 Jul 42   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. David J. Cuthbert, 0-6980088

Enlisted: 16 Nov 39   Departed for CBI: 21 Nov 41   Returned: 9 Dec 44


2Lt. William J. Czabaranek, O-889774, Bombardier - Morrell Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Bronze Battle Star w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters


SSgt. Raymond F. Czerniak, 36805207, Flight Engineer - Gordon Williams Crew

Enlisted: 9 Mar 43   To CBI: 13 May 44  Separated: 15 Sep 45

Air Medal


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