10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 9th Bombardment Squadron

SSgt. Vernon J. Cain, 20723920, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 23 Dec 40    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


SSgt. Albert F. Caivano, 11044978, Aerial Gunner - Baldwin Crew

Enlisted: 21 Jan 42    Killed In Action: 13 Mar 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

He was a gunner on a B-24D assigned to the Tenth Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. They were taking part in a mission of four planes to bomb the Pazundaung Bridge at Rangoon, Burma. The formation was attacked by at least seven Japanese fighters, and though the crews fought gallantly, the enemy succeeded in shooting down Baldwin's and another plane. They crashed into the Gulf of Martaban, a few miles south of Rangoon. There were no survivors. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

1Lt. John R. Capriotti, 0-2073044, Navigator - Sjogren Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Peter P. Cardaro, 0-6994182, Aerial Gunner - Holst Crew

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


Cpl. Albert Carrigan, 33105120

Enlisted: 2 Nov 41   Good Conduct Medal


2Lt. William J. Carlin, O-833489, Co Pilot - Howser Crew

Enlisted: 3 Feb 43    Killed In Action: 21 Jan 45

Killed with rest of crew as their B-24J took off Jan. 21, 1945, from Pandaveswar Army Air Base, India, striking a small hill a mile off the end of the runway.

2Lt. George H. Carney, O-799901, Co Pilot - Balfe & Monohan Crews

2nd Lt Carney was the co-pilot on B-24J #42-73216, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. The plane crashed taking off from Pandaveswar airbase in India on a bombing mission, and all aboard were killed.

2Lt. Carl F. Carpenter, O-742680, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 10 Nov 41    Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Distinguished Flying Cross   Air Medal   Purple Heart

Carpenter was the pilot of B-24J #42-73222, nicknamed 'Bugs Bunny', serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th 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. Carpenter's plane was shot down during the air battle. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

SSgt. Thomas W. Carroll, 42072173, Armorer Gunner - Poston Crew

Enlisted: 21 Feb 44    Air Medal


Sgt. Malcolm W. Carter, 31151547, Aerial Gunner - Carpenter Crew

Enlisted: 19 Aug 42    Shot Down With Crew, Taken as POW: 1 Dec 43

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Carter was a gunner on B-24J #42-73222, nicknamed 'Bugs Bunny', serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th 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. Carter's plane was shot down during the air battle. Taken as a Prisoner of War, he later died in a Japanese prison. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

SSgt. John D. Casey, 11107843, Aerial Gunner - Allison Crew

Killed In Action: 15 Apr 44

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

Casey was a gunner on B-24J #42-100243 assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a formation of planes flying from Pandaveswar airbase to bomb Port Blair in the Andaman Islands when they came under attack by enemy fighters. Their first pass knocked out one of the bomber's engines, the second pass knocked out another. Thereafter the fighters concentrated on the crippled bomber. The plane rapidly lost altitude, crashed into the ocean and exploded. three crew members were able to bail out, but only the navigator survived to become a prisoner of war. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

SSgt. Joseph F. Cassano, 13153695, Radio Operator - Hardison Crew

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


Sgt. William E. Caswell, 39675751, Flight Engineer - Boyer Crew    Air Medal


1Lt. Raymond L. Cawood, O-742283, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 16 Feb 40    Air Medal

Killed In An Automobile Accident: 25 Nov 52


2Lt. Richard W. Cease, O-409912, Navigator - Sparks Crew

Killed In Action: 28 Jan 42    Purple Heart

Cease was flying on B-17E #41-2476 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. This was the crews first combat mission, so Major Stanley K Robinson, the 7th Bomb Group Commander, flew as copilot. Cease, having arrived at the base January 18, was also brought on board as navigator because he had already flown several missions. They departed Malang Airfield on Java on a bombing mission against Balikpapan, Borneo. The plane led the formation and made a bombing run with antiaircraft fire and fighters all about. His aircraft was badly shot up when the formation was attacked by about thirty Japanese fighters, and the plane was seen to crash into the sea from a steep dive. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

2Lt. Ralph C. Chaplin, 0-2009876, Navigator - Goodrich Crew

Enlisted: 12 Dec 42    Air Medal


TSgt. John Chodelka, 36638045, Radio Operator

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


1Lt. John W. Christer, O-765773, Bombardier - Johnston Crew

Enlisted: 8 Dec 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


2Lt. Clarence A. Clyborne, Jr., O-7389691, Bombardier - Carpenter Crew

Prisoner of War: 1 Dec 43 - Died in Camp

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Clyborne was the bombardier on B-24J #42-73222, nicknamed 'Bugs Bunny', serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th 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. Clyborne's plane was shot down during the air battle. Clyborne was able to bail out of the plane, but while descending he was strafed by a Japanese fighter and his parachute caught fire. He struck the ground so violently that he badly broke his right leg. He was taken prisoner and, due to a lack of medical supplies in the POW camp, his leg got infected and he died. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

1Lt. Joseph B. Coambs, O-660969, Bombardier - Stewart Crew

Enlisted: 22 Jan 42

45 Combat Missions    390 Combat Hours

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Lamar E. Cobb, 37705413, Armorer Gunner - Hardison Crew

13 Combat Missions    Air Medal


SSgt. Verl E. Coddington, 39822131, Aerial Gunner - Elliott Crew

Enlisted: 28 Aug 42    Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Coddington was a gunner on B-24J #42-73183, serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th 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. Coddington's plane was shot down during the air battle.

2Lt. Russell E. Coddington, O-733612, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 12 Mar 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

2Lt. Norman S. "Big D" Collard, Jr., o-889301, Navigator - Kimbrough Crew

Enlisted: 8 Oct 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon    WW2 Victory Medal


PFC Fred R. Conrad, Jr., 35722521, Medical Corps

Enlisted: 13 Jan 43    Good Conduct Medal


Pvt. Robert A. Cothern, 17000525, Aerial Gunner

Enlisted: 24 Aug 40    Silver Star


SSgt. John A. Coughlin, 31066154, Aerial Gunner - Short Crew

Enlisted: 18 Feb 42    Killed In Action: 13 Mar 43

Air Medal    Purple Heart

Coughlin was a gunner on a B-24D assigned to the Tenth Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. They were taking part in a mission of four planes to bomb the Pazundaung Bridge at Rangoon, Burma. The formation was attacked by at least seven Japanese fighters, and though the crews fought gallantly, the enemy succeeded in shooting down Coughlin's and another plane. They crashed into the Gulf of Martaban, a few miles south of Rangoon. There were no survivors. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

1Lt. John S. Crall, O-728598, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 1 Oct 40    Killed In Action: 25 Nov 43

1st Lt Crall was the Pilot of B-24J #42-73064, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. The plane crashed taking off from Pandaveswar airbase in India on a bombing mission, and all aboard were killed.

1Lt. Nicholas Creel, O-702382, Navigator - Quinn Crew

Enlisted: 30 Jun 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. John R. Crosby, O-690776, Bombardier

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Frank T. Cross, O-767757, Co Pilot - Wiley Crew

Killed In Action: 29 Mar 45

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

Cross was the co-pilot of B-24M #44-50335, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a formation of planes sent to bomb Rangoon Burma. They encountered anti-aircraft fire and took damage. Shortly after dropping their bombs Cross' bomber lost altitude and was lost from view of the other planes. Reportedly the crew survived the crash and they were captured by Burmese nationals who turned them over to the Japanese. They were transported to Rangoon and no further trace of the crew was ever found. Because his body was not recovered, he is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.

Sgt. Harold B. Cummings, 0-6970825, Tail Gunner - Sharp Crew

Silver Star    Purple Heart

Cummings was the tail gunner on a B-17E bomber assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. On June 4, 1942 Cummings's and another plane flew a daylight mission to bomb shipping in the Irrawaddy River in Burma. One crewman was killed and the plane suffered heavy damage from a squadron of enemy fighters. The crew was forced to bail out at a low altitude before the pilot and co-pilot finally crash landed the aircraft. Cummings and five of his crew mates were captured by the Japanese and held as prisoners of war in Rangoon prison. On November 29, 1943 he was killed in an allied bombing raid. He is also memorialized on the tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines.

1Lt. Sheppard C. Cummings, O-713935, B-24 Pilot

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


TSgt. Frank L. Cunio, Jr., 31071216, Radio Operator - VanDeBogart Crew

Air Medal


SSgt. Joseph A. Cushman, 12060878, Aerial Gunner - McLean Crew

Enlisted: 18 Mar 42

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal




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