Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

1Lt. William M. Salisbury, O-765767, Bombardier - Leary Crew

Enlisted: 22 Mar 43

Air Medal


1Lt. Malva D. "Dean" Samuel, O-783297, Bombardier - Rex Crenshaw Crew

Enlisted: 29 Sep 42

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster   Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal   American Theater Medal

World War II Victory Medal   India-Burma Service Medal

Central Burman Campaign Medal


SSgt. Francis E. "Gene" Sawyer, 16046505, Flight Engineer - Goad Crew

Enlisted: 23 Oct 41    Shot Down/Prisoner of War: 14 Oct 43   Liberated: 30 Apr 45

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters   Purple Heart

served as a flight engineer on B-24 bombers with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. On October 14, 1943 his plane, B-24D #41-24220 was on a bombing mission to Rangoon, Burma. The aircraft was hit in the bomb bay and a fire erupted. The fuselage broke in half and disintegrated. Five crewmen were killed, Sawyer and the four others were able to escape via parachute and became prisoners of war. Sawyer spent over eighteen months in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

SSgt. Daniel N. Sbarra, 32201617, Aerial Gunner - Grinnan & Carr Crews

Enlisted 13 Jan 42    Assigned to 493rd: 20 Mar 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


SSgt. Edward C. Schaefer, 12060679, Flight Engineer    Air Medal


2Lt. Donald A. Schiller, O-775147, Co Pilot - Gunther Crew

Enlisted: 2 Sep 42 nbsp;nbsp;Air Medal


Cpl. Adelbert C. Schmidt, 36248513

Enlisted: 29 Jun 42    Separated: 20 Oct 45


Cpl. Gerald W. Schmidt, 17199883, Aerial Gunner - Rex Crenshaw Crew

Enlisted: 2 Oct 43    Air Medal

Retired as a Colonel, 31 Oct 80.


Sgt. Harlan A. Schmidt, 37576182, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 17 Sep 43    Separated: 23 Nov 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. William C. Schrader, O-681482, Co Pilot - Goad Crew

Enlisted: 17 Sep 41    Prisoner of War: 14 Oct 43

Shot down with crew while on mission to bomb Rangoon.


SSgt. Jasper N. Scott, 34545719, Armorer Gunner - Embury Crew

Enlisted: 24 Feb 43    Killed In Action: 20 Jan 45

Air Medal

SSgt. Scott was a gunner 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 Scott'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.

SSgt. John J. Sekulski, Jr., 33160688

Enlisted: 5 Mar 42   Joined 7th Bomb Group: October 1944   Separated: 26 Sep 45


2Lt. Kenneth R. Setterberg, O-722371, Navigator

Air Medal    To OSS: 26 Oct 45


SSgt. Martin J. Sharkey, 31039449, Waist Gunner - Clemment Tromblay Crew

Enlisted: 24 Mar 41   Separated: 9 Sep 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Palmer W. Shatzer, Jr., 33709071, Nose Gunner - Chase Crew

Enlisted: 16 Nov 43    Separated: 11 Jan 46

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Francis J. Sherby, Jr., 11071627, Radio Operator - Cheaney Crew

Enlisted: 3 Sep 42    Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

Air Medal

Sherby was the radio operator 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 Sherby's plane had crashed on top of the Banjhikusam Mountain Range about twenty miles west southwest of Udala Burma.

SSgt. Paul W. Shipman, 18161636, Tail Gunner - Young Crew

Enlisted: 15 Oct 42    Separated: 9 Sep 45

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


Cpl. Edward J. Silanskas, 33383846, Engineering

Enlisted: 14 Nov 42


1Lt. Newby C. Simpson, O-310017, Squadron S-4 Officer / Ordnance Officer / Airdrome Defense Officer

Enlisted: 21 Apr 42    Separated: 4 Nov 45


1Lt. Bob H. Sisson, O-677596, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 22 Apr 43    Separated: 27 Jan 46

51 Combat Missions   1200+ Combat Hours

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


Sgt. Leland J. Skinner, 19011064, Flight Engineer

Enlisted: 15 Oct 40   Left for Theater: 21 Nov 41   Returned: 9 Dec 44   Separated: 20 Jun 45


TSgt. Herbert P. Slesrick, 36806916, Flight Engineer - Bodmer Crew

Inducted: 26 Feb 43    Killed In Action: Oct 44

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Slesrick was the flight engineer 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 Slesrick'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. Albert D. "Pete" Smith, O-799482, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 30 Mar 42    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Allen B. Smith, 20415969, Flight Engineer - Crenshaw Crew

Enlisted: 2 Jul 41    Separated: 7 Oct 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Barney G. Smith, 18118852, Radio Operator - Marshall Crew

Enlisted: 17 Sep 42    To Theater With Crew: 13 May 44

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Carl E. Smith, 15107675, Flight Engineer - Cheaney Crew

Enlisted: 20 Aug 42    Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

S/Sgt Smith 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 Smith's plane had crashed on top of the Banjhikusam Mountain Range about twenty miles west southwest of Udala Burma.

1Lt. Elmer E. Smith, O-772543, B-24 Pilot

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


1Lt. George C. Smith, O-708131, Navigator / Squadron S-2 Officer

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Harold W. Smith, 33614295, Nose Gunner - Lindquist Crew

Enlisted: 16 Feb 43

24 Combat Missions    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Robert R. Smith, 34356277, Radio Operator - Shultz Crew

Enlisted: 5 Aug 42


2Lt. Theodore F. Smith, Jr., O-799485Co Pilot - McLoughlin Crew

Enlisted: 30 Mar 42    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

2nd Lt Smith was the co-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. Smith's and two other planes were shot down.

TSgt. Theodore S. Smith, 13045704, Flight Engineer - Ralph Olson Crew

Enlisted: 30 Dec 41

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


Sgt. Alvin A. Sober, Jr., 33365646

Enlisted: 29 Apr 42    Separated: 21 May 45


SSgt. Edward Sokoly, 33763577, Radio Operator - Morrell Crew

Enlisted: 28 Jul 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Wesley H. Sommers, O-827986, B-24 First Pilot

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Sommers was the 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 Takil 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.

PFC Leo E. Sorenson, 39554491, Radio Operator - Blair Crew

Enlisted: 12 Oct 42    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

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

Sorenson was the radio operator 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.

2Lt. Walter J. South, O-715828, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 12 Oct 42    Killed, Non-Battle: 11 Nov 44

2nd Lt South was flying as the pilot on B-24J #44-40814, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron at Pandaveswar air base in India. Having recently arrived on the base, he was being given night landing checkout when a tire blew out on takeoff. The plane crashed at the end of the runway killing all aboard.

SSgt. Carl A. Speck, 37219178, Aerial Gunner - Kimball Crew

Speck was 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, Speck'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.

Maurice W. Spiegel, 12124589, Radio Operator - Love Crew

Enlisted: 4 Aug 42    Separated: 4 Sep 45


Capt. Guy H. Spotts, O-724087, Navigator - Rote Crew

Enlisted: 30 Dec 40

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

Purple Heart

This highly decorated hero died, tragically in an automobile accident on 5 Jan 47


2Lt. Chester Stachiw, 0-2065845, Navigator - Chase Crew

Air Medal


1Lt. Robert D. Stapleton, O*772554, B-24 Pilot

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Myron E. Starks, O-769061, Bombardier - Norris Crew

Enlisted: 6 Nov 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Eugene I. Stephens, 39268915, Radio Operator

Enlisted: 4 Dec 42    Separated: 18 Oct 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Walter J.C. Stiver, 33596557, Radio Operator

Enlisted: 29 Mar 43    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Lynn "Rough N Ready" Stokes, Jr., O-755548, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 31 May 41

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


1Lt. Granvill B. Stringfellow, O-725549, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted: 3 Nov 41    Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

He was the pilot of 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.

2Lt. Kenneth H. Strunk, O-703071, Bombardier - Cheaney Crew

Enlisted: 25 Jun 42    Killed In Action: 5 Nov 44

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

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

SSgt. Warren W. Stubbs, 17046417, Aerial Gunner - Ralph Olson Crew

Enlisted: 20 Apr 42    Separated: 7 Sep 45

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


2Lt. Nicholas Stumpf, O-696525, Bombardier - Blair Crew

Enlisted: 31 Jul 41    Killed In Action: 22 Oct 44

Air Medal   Purple Heart

Stumpf was the bombardier 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.

Cpl. Edward L. Supianoski, 36183577

Enlisted: 19 Jun 42


CWO Mefford I. Swan, 19028620, Assistant Admin Inspector

Enlisted: 2 Aug 40    Assigned to 7th BG: May 44


TSgt. Frederick E. Swanson, Jr., 16078189, Radio Operator - Embury Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

T/Sgt Swanson was the radio operator 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 Swanson'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.

2Lt. Kenneth E. Swanson, O-931113, Radar Operator - Sommers Crew

Enlisted: 27 Jan 43    Killed In Action: 29 Jun 45

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Swanson was the radar 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. John C. Sweet, 31269036, Aerial Gunner - Bradford Crew

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Sweet 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 Sweet'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. Howard B. Swope, Jr., 13136859, Ball Turret Gunner - McLoughlin Crew

Enlisted: 18 Nov 42    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

Swope was a gunner on 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. Swope's and two other planes were shot down.

SSgt. Joseph E. Szoka, 31343631, Flight Engineer - Chase Crew

Enlisted: 19 Apr 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal


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