Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

Sgt. George J. Kaftan, 0-7074137, Ordnance

Enlisted: 19 Jun 40    Killed, Non-Battle: 6 Sep 44

Died from an accidental gunshot wound


SSgt. Paul (NMI) Karoules, 16018899, Aerial Gunner - Wunderlich Crew

Enlisted: 2 Aug 41

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


2Lt. Herbert C. Karsten, 0-2060808, Navigator

Enlisted: 10 Jun 44    Separated: 14 Jan 46

Air Medal


2Lt. Allan Kass, O-791446, Co Pilot - Bailey Crew

Enlisted: 24 Apr 41    Assigned to 493rd: 17 Jan 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Sgt. Leo D. Kehoe, 37083430, Radio Operator - Sommers Crew

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Kehoe was the radio operator 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. Ora E. Keightley, 0-6931971, Flight Engineer - Young Crew

Enlisted: 20 Sep 41


1Lt. John C. Kelley, O-726034, Bombardier - Wesley Werner Crew


Enlisted: 7 Jan 42    Prisoner of War: 14 Nov 43

Died: 17 Dec 43


1Lt. George R. Killam, Jr., O-372161, Assistant Group Operations Officer

Enlisted: 9 Sep 40   To Theater: 13 May 44   Separated: 19 Jan 46


1Lt. George H. Kimball, O-661483, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 7 Nov 41    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

Kimball was the pilot of B-24 #42-73304, assigned to the 10th Air Force. 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, Kimball'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.

SSgt. Jerry L. King, 19200002, Top Turret Gunner - Chase Crew

Enlisted: 27 Nov 43    Separated: 10 Jan 46

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Kenneth E. Kinney, O-727638, Bombardier - Ingham & McLoughlin Crews

Enlisted: 22 Mar 41    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

Air Medal

Kenneth Kinney was the bombardier on B-24 #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, Burma when they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters. Kinney's and two other planes were shot down.

SSgt. Charles F. Kinsey, 13152084, Armorer Gunner - Smith Crew

Enlisted: 11 Nov 42    Separated: 19 Oct 45

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


PFC Marlin E. Kinter, 13105871, Aerial Gunner - Blair Crew

Enlisted: 31 Aug 42    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Kinter 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.

PFC Charles H. Kirck, 42034787

Enlisted: 20 Sep 43    Separated: 8 Oct 45


SSgt. Louis G. Kirk, Jr., 39560202, Flight Engineer

Enlisted:13 Feb 43    Separated: 27 Oct 45

Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


PFC George D. Kiser, Jr., 12057235

Enlisted: 2 Feb 42    Assigned to 7th Bomb Group: June 1944


TSgt. Donald D. "Whitey" Kittleson, 36276568, Flight Engineer - Tromblay Crew

Enlisted: 20 Oct 42    Separated: 14 Nov 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Battle Stars


1Lt. Ralph H. Knierim, O-769054, Bombardier - Gene Jacobus Crew

Enlisted: 12 Jun 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Richard T. Korenko, 33429195, Radio Operator - Thomas Mallon Crew

Enlisted: 12 Feb 43    Separated: 20 Oct 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Donald J. Kraft, 33705487, Armorer Gunner - Morrell Crew

Enlisted: 13 Feb 44    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Irving L. Kuehnast, O661946, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 8 Nov 41

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


2Lt. Paul R. Kuhns, O-698305, Navigator - Blair Crew

Enlisted: 7 Jun 41    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

Kuhns was the navigator 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.

SSgt. Sidney Kurtz, 32495303, Aerial Gunner - Wesley Werner Crew

Enlisted 4 sep 42    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

Kurtz 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. Kurtz's and two other planes were shot down. They crash landed just west of the Chindwin River, about sixty miles south of Mandalay. Kurtz and another crewman were killed in the crash while six others were seriously burned, all later dying of their injuries.

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