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

TSgt. Grady M. Farley, 14107685, Flight Engineer - Kimball Crew

Enlisted: 12 Jun 42

Prisoner of War: 14 Nov 43    Liberated: May 1945

Air Medal   Purple Heart   Good Conduct Medal

On November 14, 1943, Farley was on board 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, Burma when they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters. After several attacks, Farley's plane had suffered heavy damage and went out of control. It rolled over on it's back and dived straight into the ground from 11,000 feet. Farley and a crew mate managed to bail out of the plane, eight other men did not. Two other bombers were shot down as well. Farley was captured and spent 23 months in Rangoon Japanese POW camp.

1Lt. James G. Favier, 32454389, Co Pilot - Swope Crew

Enlisted: 31 Jul 42    Separated: 2 Jun 46


Cpl. Arthur H. Feinberg, 32467608, Flight Engineer

Enlisted: 7 Sep 42    Killed In Action: 29 Jun 45

Purple Heart

Feinberg was the flight engineer 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. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

SSgt. Milton W. Ferguson, 18233047, Tail Gunner - Lindquist Crew

Enlisted: 9 Jun 43    Separated: December 1945

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Steve R. Filchock, 0-6851470, Aerial Gunner - Young Crew

Enlisted: 3 Nov 42   Assigned to 493rd: 3 Nov 43   Separated 15 Nov 56

American Defense Medal   Good Conduct Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Battle Stars


Sgt. David C. Firman, 19018190, Enlisted 12 Aug 40


Cpl. Hugh M. Fletcher, 19182626, Aerial Gunner - Morris Crew

Enlisted: 26 Oct 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Dan L. Flowers, O-662005, Navigator - Ingham Crew

Enlisted: 4 Sep 41    Killed In Action: 25 Nov 43

1st Lt Flowers was the navigator 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. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart


2Lt. Arthur J. Foley, Jr., O-806424, Co Pilot - Ingham Crew

Killed In Action: 25 Nov 43

Foley was the co-pilot 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. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Air Medal   Purple Heart   Asiatic-Pacific Medal w/Bronze Battle Star


Cpl. Vincent F. Follert, 16077459

Enlisted: 2 Apr 42    Assigned to 493rd: 17 Jan 43


1st Lt. Ernest R. Ford, Jr., 0-1287158, Navigator - Bodmer Crew

Enlisted: 21 Apr 41    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Ford was the navigator 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 Ford'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


Sgt. Andrew Fornalik, 32206786, Aerial Gunner - Bailey Crew

Enlisted: 3 feb 42    Assigned to 493rd: 17 Jan 43


Sgt. Raymond F. Fortier, 31292311, Flight Engineer - Norris Crew

Enlisted: 20 Apr 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Cpl. Charles E. Fouhy, Jr., 32738107

Enlisted: 25 Jan 43    Assigned to 493rd: February 1944


1Lt. James J. Fox, O-704472, B-24 Pilot

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Lt. John M. Foxworthy, 35257694, S-4 Officer

Enlisted: 11 Feb 42   Joined 493rd: December 1944   Separated: 7 Jul 45


SSgt. Arlan C. Francis, 36778840, Armorer Gunner - Morrell Crew

Killed In Civilian Plane Crash: 25 May 47

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt.Alfred Frankel, 33073051, Communication Specialist

Enlisted: 26 Jul 41


2Lt. Robert A. Freeman, O-770236, Bombardier

Enlisted 19 Jan 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Floyd V. Funderburg, 18084703, Flight Engineer - McLoughlin Crew

Enlisted: 12 Jan 42    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

T/Sgt Funderburg was the flight engineer of B-24J #42-73194, 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. Funderburg's and two other planes were shot down.


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