Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

1Lt. Hugh P. MacPherson, O-660875, Navigator - Granvill Stringfellow Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Macpherson was the navigator on B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. 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.

Sgt. Clarence A. Magnus, 37159227, Armorer Gunner - Leary Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Capt. Frank J. Maholchic, O-431300, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 28 Apr 41

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


1Lt. William T. Makovic, O-696478, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 14 Jan 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


SSgt. Leo S. Malach, 18116499, Aerial Gunner - Ingham Crew

Enlisted: 30 Jun 42    Killed In Action: 25 Nov 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

SSgt. Malach was a gunner 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. Theodore L. Malacha, 36322751, Aerial Gunner - Ingham Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

SSgt. Malacha was a gunner 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. Everett J. Malick, 18013589, Waist Gunner

Enlisted: 20 Oct 40    Separated: 8 Jul 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Carl C. Markhoff, O-578672, Squadron S-2 Officer


Sgt. Humberto M. Marquez, 39273466, Aerial Gunner - H. Nelson Crew

Enlisted: 29 Dec 42    Separated: 22 SEp 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. George H. Marshall, 33114877, Aerial Gunner - Goad Crew

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

Marshall was assistant radio operator 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. Marshall and four other crewmen were killed, the other five men were able to escape via parachute and became prisoners of war.

Capt. Ralph S. Marshall, O-437605, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 10 Jul 41    To Theater: 13 May 44

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Arthur A. Martin, 36163504, Aerial Gunner - Blair Crew

Enlisted: 5 Dec 41    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Air Medal    Purple Heart

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.

Pvt. David P. Martinez, Sr., 38422513

Enlisted: 7 May 43


Sgt. Duane C. Mason, 33678767, Aerial Gunner - George Marshall Crew

Enlisted: 17 Apr 43   To Theater: 13 May 44   Separated: 26 Oct 45

Air Medal


TSgt. Willard C. Mathwig, 39606596, Flight Engineer - Eversole & Ready Crews

Enlisted: 20 May 42    Separated: 20 Mar 46


TSgt. Edward L. McCalla, 35408646, Radio Operator - Aldrich Crew

Enlisted: 29 Jan 43    Separated: 30 Sep 45

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


Sgt. Roger W. McClarty, 15133754, Radio Operator - Bell Crew

Enlisted: 9 Nov 42


1Lt. Melvin L. McClintock, O-700948, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 9 Dec 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


2Lt. Walter V. McCoy, O-790159, Navigator - Goad Crew

Enlisted: 5 Jun 41


1Lt. Albert C. McCulley, Jr., O-563709, S-4 Officer

Enlisted: 20 Jan 41


2Lt. Andrew J. McDevitt, O-707300, Navigator - Cheaney Crew

Enlisted: 3 May 43    Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

2nd Lt McDevitt was the navigator on 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 McDevitt's plane had crashed on top of the Banjhikusam Mountain Range about twenty miles west southwest of Udala Burma.

1Lt. William B. McDonald, O-726062, Bombardier - Stokes & Rote Crews

Enlisted: 7 Jan 42    Mortally Wounded: 17 Aug 43

From Mission Records of the 493rd Bomb Squadron: "With shipping again the primary objective, Captain Rote conducted a formation of five B-24Ds up a sea sweep. A convoy of six enemy vessels, four merchants varying from 100 to 250 feet in length, and two smaller escort ships was sighted near Elephant Point proceeding north to Rangoon. While on the first and only bombing run at 1240 hours, our formation was intercepted by six Jap Zero fighters, which made tenor twelve passes from front, belly beam and all quarters. In these attackes, which lasted about 10 minutes and ended when our planes gained cloud coverage Lt. McDonald, Bombardier, and Lt. Spotts, Navigator, in Captain Rote's plane suffered severe body and face wounds froma 20mm cannon shell exploding in the nose. Lt. McDonald's injuries proved fatal to him and he died 20 hours later. Ceiling over the convoy ws 2000 feet. Ack ack and automatic weapons fire from the boats and from the Elephant Point was moderate and accurate, causing damage to one B-24. Two enemy fighters were reported as probably destroyed. Other pilots with Captain Rote were Lts. Austin, Berlette, Stringfellow and Goad. As the manner of bombing was by plan to be up the leader, after the injury of Lt. McDonald, lead bombardier, no further runs were attempted upon the shipping and most bombs were jettisoned."

2Lt. Henry J. McElderry, 0-1698928, Bombardier - Rote Crew

Silver Star   Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal


1Lt. James B. McFadyen, O-563717, S-4 Officer


SSgt. John R. McFail, 34448169, Radio Operator - Stephens Crew

Enlisted: 20 Oct 42    Air Medal


1Lt. Giles E. McGee, O-764727, Pilot & S-4 Officer

Enlisted: 23 Feb 43    Separated: 7 Jan 44

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. James C. McGinty, 0-2062003, Co Pilot - Sommers Crew

Enlisted: 30 Jan 43    Killed In Action: 29 Jan 45

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Mcginty was the co-pilot of 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.

Sgt. Thomas R. McGuire, 32834555, Aerial Gunner - Jacobus Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clustre


2Lt. John J. McInerney, O-889351, Co Pilot - Bradford Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

McInerney was the co-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 McInerney'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.

1Lt. Eugene J. McLaughlin, O-712733, Navigator - McClintock Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


PFC Thomas W. McLean, Jr., 0-7080086, Aerial Gunner - Blair Crew

Enlisted: 6 Feb 40    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Air Medal    Purple Heart

McLean was originally assigned to the infantry but he transferred to the paratroops. A leg injury disqualified him from jumping and he was grounded. He had made 19 leaps while flying and was desperate to get back into the air so he transferred to the Army Air Force for flexible gunnery training. McLean 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.

1Lt. Willis J. McLoughlin, O-726805, B-24 First Pilot

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

McLoughlin was the pilot 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. McLoughlin's and two other planes were shot down.

2Lt. Cecil R. McMichael, O-713036, Navigator - Marshall Crew

Enlisted: 22 Jun 42   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Major Alden L. McMurtry, O-900548, S-2 (Intelligence) Officer / Photo Observer

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


2Lt. George J. McNamara, O-900548, Bombardier

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Hugh P. MacPherson, O-660876, Navigator - Granvill Stringfellow Crew

Macpherson was the navigator on B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. 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.

1Lt. William J. Meade, O-743062, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 23 Apr 42


Sgt. Henry F. Meier, 34722535, Aerial Gunner - Norris Crew

Enlisted: 18 Feb 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Charles W. Meitzler, 39409993, Aerial Gunner - Bradford Crew

13 Feb 43    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Meitzler was a gunner 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 Meitzler'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.

Cpl. Henry A. Melet, 35377683

Enlisted: 21 Apr 42    Separated: 31 Oct 45


2Lt. Matthew J. Miholick, O-442975, Co Pilot - Stokes Crew

Enlisted: 15 Aug 41   Assigned to 493rd: 2 Feb 43


SSgt. Harlan F. Miles, 16030568

Enlisted: 16 Jan 42    Separated: 27 SEp 45


SSgt. Golden A. Miller, 19010998, Aerial Gunner

Left USA: 21 Nov 41    Returned: 9 Dec 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


2Lt. William J. Miller, O-732956, Bombardier

Enlisted: 20 Jan 42

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


TSgt. William T. Miller, 15338737, Flight Engineer

Enlisted: 11 Nov 42


Pvt. Ralph L. Millner, 11043378

Enlisted: 16 Sep 42    Joined 493rd: 21 Mar 44


2Lt. John B. Mills, O-566213

Airdrome Defense Officer / Chemical Warfare & Decontamination Officer

Enlisted: 29 Oct 40


Sgt. Billy R. Milner, 17086299, Aerial Gunner - Marshall Crew

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


1Lt. William T. Mingo, O-807026, Co Pilot - Young Crew

Enlisted: 30 Jun 43    Separated: 18 Oct 45


Cpl. Milton H. Mirkin, 31063855

Enlisted: 10 Feb 42


Capt. Henry P. Mitchell, O-724339, Navigator - Bailey Crew

Enlisted: 3 Nov 41

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


2Lt. James M. Moore,0-2065383, Bombardier - Sommers Crew

Killed In Action: 29 Jun 45

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Moore was the bombardier 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.

Cpl. Charles W. Moreman, 33704810, Aerial Gunner - Rex Crenshaw Crew

Enlisted: 26 Nov 43    Separated: 23 Nov 45

Air Medal


Sgt. Jean L. Morgan, 0-6948253

Enlisted: 28 Apr 39


1Lt. Raymond D. Morin, O-810924, S-4 Officer

Enlisted: 2 Jan 42    Returned to USA: 13 Feb 45


1Lt. James W. Morrell, O-775487, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 2 Mar 43

Silver Star    Air Medal


2Lt. Carl C. Moskoff, O-578672, Assistant Squadron Security Officer

Enlisted: 14 Oct 41   Assigned to 493rd: 17 Mar 44   Separated: 18 Feb 46


1Lt. Preston E. Moy, O-889347, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 31 Jul 42   54 Combat Missions   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Laurence R. Muldoon, O-889137, Co Pilot - Hill Crew

Enlisted: 21 Jul 41

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


SSgt. Floyd R. Mulvany, 19051508, Tail Gunner - Bailey Crew

Enlisted: 23 Jan 41


SSgt. Rubin C. Murrie, 17092098, Armorer Gunner

Enlisted: 4 Dec 42   To Gunnery School: 28 Oct 44   Separated: 6 Jun 46

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Harold Murtlow, 12170471Aircraft Electrical Mechanic

Enlisted: 18 Sep 42

Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal   WW2 Victory Medal   Good Conduct Medal


SSgt. Vincent H. Musella, 12173771, Armorer Gunner - Rex Crenshaw Crew

Enlisted: 4 Dec 42

Departed for Theater: 27 Jan 44   Returned to USA: 26 Sep 45

35 Combat Missions

Air Medal   Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/4 Bronze Stars

World War 2 Victory Medal

European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon


493rd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel

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