Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

Sgt. William J. Tarpy, 31431940, Tail Gunner

Enlisted 20 Mar 44

Departed for Theater: 29 Apr 45    Arrived: 11 May 45

Departed for USA: 15 Aug 45    Arrived: 26 Sep 45

Honorable Discharge: 1 May 46

Distinguished Unit Badge   Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon    American Theater Campaign Ribbon

WW2 Victory Medal    Good Conduct Medal


1Lt. Donald R. Taylor, O-704329, Bombardier - Embury Crew

Killed In Action: 20 Jan 45

st Lt Taylor was the bombardier 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 Taylor'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. Frank E. Taylor, 11037083, Clerk

Enlisted: 2 Jan 42


PFC Waymond L. Taylor, 38600719, Waist Gunner - Lindquist Crew

Enlisted: 7 Dec 43    Separated: 18 Dec 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. James J. Teachnor, O-713245, Navigator - Parrott Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Robert J. Ternent, 13131859, Radio Operator - Smith Crew

Enlisted: 23 Oct 43

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster    Air Medal


TSgt. Edward A. Tholcken, Radio Operator - Smith Crew

Enlisted: 21 Oct 42    Separated: 18 Sep 45

55 Combat Missions

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Ervin K. Thom, 36266802

Flight Engineer - Eversole Crew

Enlisted: 16 Sep 42

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Clarence R. Thomas, 13072158, Flight Engineer - Smith Crew

Enlisted: 7 Apr 42    Separated: 30 Mar 45

45 Combat Missions

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

Distiguished Unit Badge    Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal


SSgt. Perry S. Thompson, 37047936, Armorer Gunner - Young Crew

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


SSgt. Wilbert B. Thompson, Jr., 18217645, Armorer Gunner

Enlisted: 1 Dec 42    Air Medal


Cpl. George W. Tidd, 14073599, Aerial Gunner - Stingfellow Crew

Enlisted: 21 Apr 32    Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Tidd was a gunner 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.

2Lt. Arthur H. Todd, O-889776, Navigator - Rex Crenshaw Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Thomas A. Toner, 33114457, Aerial Gunner - Rote Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. James C. Traweek, O-790190, Navigator - Ralph Olson Crew

Enlisted: 9 Dec 41    Air Medal


SSgt. Sidney S. Tronic, 11021108, Radio Operator - Busch & McLoughlin Crews

Enlisted: 8 Jan 43    Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

SSgt. Tronic 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. Tronic's and two other planes were shot down.

Capt. Mason Trupp, O-357481Squadron Flight Surgeon

Enlisted: 8 Jul 41    Separated: 22 Mar 46


TSgt. Frank J. Tschida, 39683378, Flight Engineer - Thomas Schiebel Crew

Enlisted: 14 Mar 42    Separated: 6 Oct 45

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


1Lt. Reynold B. Tucker, Jr., 0-2056492, Navigator - Weishaar Crew

Enlisted: 19 Feb 43    Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Charles Tufankjian, 11139722, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 1 Feb 44





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