Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







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

1Lt. Robert J. Van Cura, O-735938, Bombardier - Monahan & Grimmett Crew

Enlisted: 2 Apr 42    Separated: 20 Jul 45


SSgt. Arthur E. Van Dyne, 33301562, Armorer Gunner - Eversole Crew

Enlisted: 29 Aug 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


SSgt. Walter B. Van Orden, 19015877, Armament

Enlisted: 6 Jan 41    Separated: 17 Sep 45

Left For Theater: 21 Nov 41    Returned: 9 Dec 44

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/4 Battle Stars    Bronze Star

American Defense Medal


TSgt. Arie J. Van Wingerden, 16118970, Crew Chief/Top Turret - Marshall Crew

Enlisted: 20 Aug 42

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

1Lt. Kenneth R. Van Zandt, 0-2065858, Navigator - Morris Crew

Enlisted: 30 Nov 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Battle Stars


SSgt. Henry G. Vanis, 37190972, Armorer Gunner - Stringfellow Crew

Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

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.

SSgt. Louis F. Veillon, 38258417, Flight Engineer

Enlisted: 12 Sep 42

Distinguished Flying Cross     Air Medal


TSgt. James L. Vernon, 37658590, Flight Engineer - Thomas Mallon Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster





493rd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel

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