Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

SSgt. Robert S. Hagerty, 33668859, Flight Engineer - Hill Crew

Enlisted: 20 Mar 43    Separated: 3 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Clifford J. Haglock, 35601040, Ball Turret Gunner - Morrell Crew

24 Combat Missions    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Ledyard B. Hakes, Jr., O-708456, S-3 Officer & Navigator - Kauffman & Hillman Crews

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


Sgt. Milburn R. Hale, 34623636, Flight Engineer - Marshall Crew

Enlisted: 24 Feb 43   To Theater: 13 May 44

Air Medal


1Lt. Arthur I. Hall, 15133817, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 12 Nov 42


Sgt. Wayne C. Hanson, 39207248, Radio Operator

Enlisted: 21 Apr 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Port A. Harding, 33679995, Aerial Gunner - Gordon Williams Crew

Enlisted: 18 May 43   To Theater: 14 May 44   Separated: 2 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Harry H. Harkins, 18199897, Flight Engineer - Bradford Crew

Enlisted: 30 Oct 42    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

Harkins was the flight engineer 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 Harkins' 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.

TSgt. Melvin O. Harris, 17044643, Radio Operator – Ingham Crew

Enlisted: 2 Feb 42       Killed In Action: 25 Nov 43

Disitnguished Flying Cross     Air Medal     Purple Heart

Harris was the radio operator 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.

SSgt. Virgil J. Harris, 36745437, Armorer Gunner

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Marion H. Harrop, 19010452, Supply Technician

Enlisted: 6 Nov 40     Left for Theater: 21 Nov 41     Returned to USA: 9 Dec 44     Separated:21 Jul 45


1Lt. James B. Hatter, O-673160, Navigator – Young Crew

Enlisted: 14 Apr 42

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


Sgt. Alva L. Hawthorne, 36322710

Enlisted: 2 Mar 42       Separated: 10 Jul 45


2Lt. Earl W. Healzer, O-661928, Co Pilot – Busch & Goad Crews

Enlisted: 6 Nov 41   Assigned to 493rd: 8 Jan 43   Separated: 28 Sep 57


SSgt. James Hecht, 16188355, Nose Gunner – Tromblay Crew

Enlisted: 9 Feb 44       Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. John L. Heffner, O-703495, Navigator - Marshall Crew

To Theater: 13 May 44    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Robert G. Helsel, 0-2062193, Co Pilot - Crenshaw Crew

Enlisted: 19 Nov 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Cpl. Thaddius W. Herr, 33507079, Armorer Gunner

Enlisted: 19 Apr 43   To Gunnery School: 28 Oct 44

Air Medal


1Lt. Paul Y. Herrick, O-486002, Squadron S-2 Intelligence Officer

Enlisted: 12 Feb 42

Air Medal

He is best known for the many songs that he composed and arranged in the 1940’s through the 1950’s for the American film industry and vocal artists. His hit songs were released by various recording companies: Decca, Columbia, RCA Victor, and Capital Records. Before entering the military for World War II, he composed “Where in the World” in 1941 for vocalist Tony Martin and “Soldier of Mine” for the Harry James Orchestra in 1942. In 1947, he composed the song, “When White Roses Bloom in the Red River Valley” for cowgirl Dale Evans; in 1955 a jazz tune for Kitty White, “Magnificent Matador,” was released and in 1947 The King Cole Trio sung his “Can You Look Me in the Eyes”, which was a re-released in 2006. Another one of his hits was “Palm Springs Polka”. He composed the lyrics and music score for the film “Black Beauty” as well as other background music for films. He co-wrote the “The Sky is Crying” that is on Lorez Alexandria’s 2003 jazz CD.

1Lt. Robert A. Hessemer, Jr., O-776554, Radar Operator - Swope Crew

Enlisted: 17 Oct 42


SSgt. Paul G. Heywood, 19010485, Armament

Enlisted: 12 Nov 40   To Theater: 21 Nov 41   Returned to USA: 9 Dec 44


SSgt. William E. Higgs, 16042117, Radio Operator - McLoughlin Crew


Enlisted: 6 Nov 41    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart


SSgt. Wilbur A. Hileman, 35326062, Aerial Gunner - Gunther Crew

Enlisted: 9 Apr 42    Separated: 2 Oct 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Kenneth A. Hill, O-889347, B-24 First Pilot

Silver Star   Distinguished Flying Cross w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters   Purple Heart

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/4 Battle Stars


Major William H. Hillman, Jr., O-421091, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 23 NOv 40    To Theater: 13 May 44

Silver Star   Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


1Lt. William B. Hirons, O-712828, Navigator - Mallon Crew

Enlisted: 6 Aug 42

51 Combat Missions    431 Combat Hours

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Cpl. Andrew Hocko, Jr., 33465149, Aerial Gunner - Morris Crew

Air Medal


1Lt. Frederick G. Hofferbert, O-703142, Bombardier - Parrott Crew

Enlisted: 11 Jun 42   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Warren E. Hoffman, 38366003, Flight Engineer - Embury Crew

Killed In Action: 20 Jan 45

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

T/Sgt Hoffman was the flight engineer 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 Hoffman'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.

Cpl. Norman J. Hogan, 16031785, Armorer Gunner - Jacobson Crew

Enlisted: 19 Nov 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Thomas P. Hogan, O-673571, Navigator – Wesley Werner Crew

Enlisted: 3 Feb 42     Prisoner of War: 14 Nov 43     Died in Prison Camp: 20 Nov 43

Air Medal       Purple Heart

Hogan was the navigator on B-24 #42-73059, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a six plane formation to bomb the town of Pakokku. Shortly after dropping their bombs, they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters and a fierce battle ensued. Hogan's and two other planes were shot down. They crash landed just west of the Chindwin River, about sixty miles south of Mandalay. Two crewmen were killed in the crash while six others, including Hogan, were seriously burned. They were taken prisoner, and Hogan later died of his injuries in his cell at the Rangoon POW camp.

On May 17, 1946 a C-47B cargo plane took off from Rangoon carrying the remains of Hogan and approximately forty other service men who died as prisoners of war. They were to be returned to the United States, however the plane crashed in a storm in India, killing the three man crew as well as the eight passengers from the American Graves Registration Service. The wreckage was discovered by Clayton Kuhles in 2009, and efforts are being made to return the remains to the US. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Sgt. Peter Hoidra, 13092354, Flight Engineer – Morris Crew

Enlisted: 12 Mar 43       Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Emory W. Holcombe, 34919817, Top Turret Gunner – Zander Crew

Enlisted: 27 Apr 44       Separated: 6 May 46


2Lt. Richard I. Holdredge, O-819810, Co Pilot – Marshall Crew

Enlisted: 4 Mar 43     To Theater: 13 May 44     Returned to USA: February 1945

Distinguished Flying Cross     Air Medal


1Lt. William J. Holtman, O-517510, Radar Operator

Enlisted: 25 Sep 42     To Office of Strategic Services: 8 Sep 45


Cpl. Andrew D. Hontz, 13116292

Enlisted: 11 Sep 42       Separated: 3 Oct 45


SSgt. Sidney O. Hooper, 18232894, Radio Operator

Enlisted: 19 Feb 43       Separated: 22 Apr 46


SSgt. Thomas E. Hopes, 35305336, Aerial Gunner – Wesley Werner Crew

Enlisted: 11 May 42     Prisoner of War: 14 Nov 43     Died In Prison Camp: 22 Nov 43

Air Medal       Purple Heart

Hopes was a gunner on B-24 #42-73059, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a six plane formation to bomb the town of Pakokku. Shortly after dropping their bombs, they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters and a fierce battle ensued. Hopes' and two other planes were shot down. They crash landed just west of the Chindwin River, about sixty miles south of Mandalay. Two crewmen were killed in the crash while six others, including Hopes, were seriously burned. They were taken prisoner, and Hopes later died of his injuries at the Rangoon POW camp.

On May 17, 1946 a C-47B cargo plane took off from Rangoon carrying the remains of Hopes and approximately forty other service men who died as prisoners of war. They were to be returned to the United States, however the plane crashed in a storm in India, killing the three man crew as well as the eight passengers from the American Graves Registration Service. The wreckage was discovered by Clayton Kuhles in 2009, and efforts are being made to return the remains to the US. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Cpl. James A. Hotchkiss, 36598370, Radio Operator – Shull Crew

Enlisted: 26 Mar 43     To Theater: 16 Feb 45     Separated: 28 Sep 45


Cpl. George L. Hotella, 33018694

Enlisted: 25 Apr 42


TSgt. Benedict E. Huber, 33200869, Radio Operator

Enlisted: 23 May 42       Separated: 15 Oct 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Edward J. Hundt, O-782821, Bombardier - Morrell Crew

Enlisted: 5 Jan 42    Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Valerio R. Hunt, 0-2057206, Co Pilot - Chase Crew

Enlisted: 2 Sep 41    Separated: 22 May 44

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Lt. Frank W. Hunter, 19090029, Pilot

Enlisted: 22 Feb 43    Purple Heart


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