Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez

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

SSgt. Carl E. Paak, Jr., 16023595, Aerial Gunner - Rote Crew

Enlisted: 6 Jan 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

2Lt. Edward Palmer, O-709060, Navigator - South Crew

Killed, Non-Battle: 11 Nov 44

Killed in plane that crashed on the runway during a "Test Hop".

TSgt. Charles Parker, 3920587, Flight Engineer - Bell Crew

Enlisted: 1 Feb 43

SSgt. James D. Parr, 39323551, Armorer Gunner - Leary Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

SSgt. Randol V. Paschal, 38211221, Flight Engineer - Meade Crew

Enlisted: 3 Aug 42

Distinguished Flying Cross     Air Medal

2Lt. Adrian P. Payne, O-760665, Co Pilot - Blair Crew

Enlisted: 13 Feb 43    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

his crew 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.

Sgt. Bernard M. Payne, 37681650, Armorer Gunner - Morrell Crew

24 Combat Missions   452 Hours of Flying Time

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Capt. Robert B. Peacock, O-556867

Air Medal

Cpl. Rudolph J. Pearson, 36183416,

Enlisted: 16 Jun 42    Separated: 9 Nov 45

TSgt. Jerald O. Peck, 396679362, Radio Operator - Busch Crew

Enlisted: 14 Oct 41    Separated: 1 Apr 51

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

SSgt. Ralph R. Perrone, 12063928, Aerial Gunner - Olson Crew

Enlisted: 27 Apr 42

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

Soldier's Medal    Purple Heart

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/Bronze Star   European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

American Defense Medal   World War 2 Victory Medal

Sgt. Frank A. Peters, 18016954, Aerial Gunner - Goad Crew

Enlisted: 23 Apr 41    Killed In Action: 14 Oct 43

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

1Lt. Dean H. Peterson, O-705789, Co Pilot / S-3 Officer - Mallon Crew

Enlisted: 23 Oct 41

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

TSgt. Royal E. Peterson, 16034341, Flight Engineer - Bailey Crew

Enlisted: 13 Aug 41    Separated: 19 Jul 45

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal

1Lt. Horace P. "Paul" Picerni, O-777017, Bombardier - Lindquist Crew

Enlisted: 11 Mar 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Cpl. Phillip G. Plesko, 16019762

Enlisted: 4 Nov 41    Separated: 17 Sep 45

Sgt. Harry G. Plimpton, Radio Operator Mechanic Gunner - Chase Crew

Inducted: 6 Jul 43    Separated: December 1945

Air Medal

Lt. Col. Everett C. Plummer, O-800365, Acting Command Pilot

n December 1, 1943 Plummer was the co-pilot of 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. Only Plummer survived the disintegrating plane, but he died sometime afterwards. It is unclear if the was captured by the Japanese, died of wounds or was executed. He received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. On May 17, 1946 a C-47B cargo plane took off from Rangoon carrying the remains of Plummer 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.

2Lt. John A. Podawiltz, O-735109, Co Pilot - Thomas Schiebel Crew

Enlisted: 1 Jul 41    Killed In Action: 11 Nov 43

Air Medal

2Lt. Loren I. Pohl, O-696951, Pilot & Squadron S-1 Officer

Enlisted: 7 Oct 42

SSgt. Leonard L. Poland, 13010005, Armorer Gunner

Air Medal

SSgt. Salvatore J. Pomer, 31452909, Aerial Gunner - Bell Crew

Enlisted: 1 Mar 44

SSgt. Teddy (NMI) Poniers (nee Ponierwierski), 16148978, Flight Engineer - Gordon Williams Crew

Enlisted: 29 Oct 42   To Theater: 13 May 44

Air Medal

SSgt. William H. Potthast, 37038929, Aerial Gunner - Busch Crew

Enlisted: 21 Jun 41    Separated: 4 Sep 45

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

2Lt. Edmund J. Powers, O-699445, Co Pilot - South Crew

1st Lt Powers was aboard B-24J #44-40814, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron at Pandaveswar air base in India. He was giving night landing checkout to a pilot who had recently arrived on the base when a tire blew out on takeoff. The plane crashed at the end of the runway killing all aboard.

SSgt. Richard J. Prawdzik, 36809230, Aerial Gunner - Cheaney Crew

Air Medal     Purple Heart

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

Flight Officer Sigmund Predzik, T-123535, Navigator & Squadron S-2 Officer - Hill Crew

Enlisted: 2 Feb 42    Separated: 3 Dec 43

2Lt. Frederic P. Prevot, Jr., 0-2068463, Navigator - Sommers Crew

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Prevot was the navigator 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.

Capt. Lotten L. Prosser, O-431779, Communications Officer

Enlisted: 18 Apr 41    Joined Bomb Group: November 1944

TSgt. Leonard J. Prough, 3529181, Radio Operator - Leland Berlette Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

1Lt. Richard J. "Jack" Pursley, O-762946, Bombardier - H. Nelson Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

493rd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel