Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

TSgt. Daniel Rapoza, 31299392, Flight Engineer - Cheaney Crew

Enlisted: 24 Feb 43    Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

Rapoza was the flight engineer 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 Rapoza's plane had crashed on top of the Banjhikusam Mountain Range about twenty miles west southwest of Udala Burma.

TSgt. James B. Rasch, 38419010, Flight Engineer - Leary Crew

Enlisted: 18 Mar 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters

American Theater Ribbon w/2 Bronze Battle Stars   Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal w/3Bronze Battle Stars

Presidential Unit Citation   Good Conduct Medal


Pvt. Paul A. Rasel, 33286012, Engineering

Enlisted: 29 Jul 42

Distinguished Unit Citation    Good Conduct Medal   3 Bronze Battle Stars


1Lt. Thomas F. Ready, O-1284211, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 16 Sep 40    Killed In Action: 24 May 44

On May 24, 1944 while acting as co-pilot, he was aboard ande landing in B-24J #43 at the Pandaveswar airbase in India from a local training flight when they encountered very strong cross winds close to the ground. The crew struggled to keep to plane under control but were unable to maintain altitude and crashed. Lt. Ready and the pilot were killed, the other two men aboard were seriously injured.

2Lt. Fred H. Reed, O-703521, Bombardier - Bodmer Crew

Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Reed was the bombardier 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 Reed'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.

SSgt. Richard E. Rehgren, 39683753, Tail Gunner - Bailey Crew

Enlisted: 18 Mar 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


TSgt. Jerome L. Reinardy, 37548146, Radio Operator - Parrott Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


PFC Grant P. Reynolds Jr., 37529760, Automotive Electrician

Enlisted: 6 Jun 43   Assigned to 493rd: December 1944   Honorable Discharge: 7 Nov 45


1Lt. Clyde E. Rhodes, Jr., O-523109, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 22 May 41    Separated: 17 Oct 45

Air Medal


TSgt. Morris Ribbler, 12027597, Photographer-Gunner

Enlisted: 24 Apr 41    Separated: 28 Aug 45


Cpl. Jerry J. Ribnick, 38412973, Aerial Gunner - Jacobus Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart
Resolution to Honor Cpl. Ribnick


MSgt. Alfred W. "Rick" Rickert, 17027464, Aircraft Maintenance Technician/Propeller Mechanic

Enlisted: 21 Feb 41    Separated: 10 Nov 45


TSgt. Levi W. Rinehart, 35634940, Flight Engineer - Payne Crew

Enlisted: 27 Mar 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Lancer W. Robertson, O-727076, Bombardier - Stringfellow Crew

Enlisted: 6 Jan 42    Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Robertson was the bombardier on B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force. 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. Kenneth P. Robinson, 16089900, Radio Operator - Morris Crew

Enlisted: 30 Jul 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Jerry G. Roch, 36826090, Ball Turret Gunner - Lindquist Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. James H. Rockett, 18232906, Armorer Gunner

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster    Presidential Unit Citation    3 Battle Stars


2Lt. James E. Rogers, O-790180, Navigator - McLoughlin Crew

Enlisted: 8 Oct 41    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

ogers was the navigator 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. Rogers' and two other planes were shot down.

Capt. Samuel R. Rogers, O-727661, S-3 Officer/Bombardiering Officer & Bombardier - Austin Crew

Enlisted: 30 Jun 41

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


TSgt. Charles F. Romine, 0-6986888, Aerial Gunner - Mallon Crew

Enlisted: 18 Nov 39    Air Medal


TSgt. William H. Roth, 19093763, Flight Engineer - Leary & Morrell Crews

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

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Leo A. Ruggles, Jr., 19171256, Aerial Gunner - Cheaney Crew

Enlisted: 26 Oct 42    Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

Ruggles 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 Ruggles' plane had crashed on top of the Banjhikusam Mountain Range about twenty miles west southwest of Udala Burma.

TSgt. Bruce M. Ryan, 19018175

Enlisted: 9 Aug 40    Separated: 25 May 45


SSgt. Raymond R. Ryan, 36613871, Assistant Radio Operator/Gunner - Hill Crew


1Lt. Victor G. Ryland, Jr., O-765325, Co Pilot - Embury Crew

Enlisted: 22 Mar 43    Killed In Action: 20 Jan 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

1st Lt Ryland was the co-pilot of 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 Ryland'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.

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