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The Z Square 7 Crew
Z Square 7 Crew Families
Z Square 7 Crew Cemeteries.
Missing Air Crew Report
Z Square 7 Crew Military Funeral
Memorial Lt Eugene M. Thomas Jr (Marion, Al)
Memorial Lt Francis X. Glacken (Cambridge, MA)
Memorial Lt Norman B. Bassett (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
Marcia Bassett McGrattan
Memorial Sgt George P. Demers (Lynn, MA)
Memorial Sgt George P. Demers (Lynn, MA)
Peter & Lillian Demers/Charlotte (Demers) Fiasconaro
Memorial Sgt Louis A. Dorio (Clarksville, VA)
POW-MIA-KIA Ceremony
Bill Mauldin With Willie And Joe
Father John McBride
S/Sgt Kenneth O. Eslick with Photo Album
Sgt Jesse S. Klein. 41-13180
Sgt James B. Rice, Radio Operator, C47, 42-108884
Frank Farr & Merseburg, Germany
Ivan Fail Introduction and "Long Before The Guns And Tanks."
Ivan Fail's "Tribute to the Queen"
Frank Farr Poetry "November 2, 1944", "Old Men And The War", " Merseburg"
Zachary Taylor Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Pages Introduction
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Ivan Fail's "The Tuskegee Airmen"
Memorial Page #1
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The Navajo Code Talkers & Native American Medals Of Honor
Ivan Fail's "D Day, The Normandy Invasion"
Ivan Fail's "When The Mustangs Came"
Ivan Fail's "Against All Odds - Mission Complete"
Ford Tolbert by Sallyann
Ford Tolbert Pictures
A Tribute to Lt Raymond "Hap" Halloran
Lt Raymond "Hap" Halloran
Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, USMC, The Black Sheep Squadron
Lt Halloran Eulogy for Colonel Boyington
Omori POW Camp
Ivan Fail's "A Salute To Lt. Holguin"/ "Shoo Shoo Baby"
General Lemay's biography including a B-29 nose art photo album
March 9 and 10, 1945 Over Tokyo
Lt "Hap" Halloran on March 10, 1945
General Earl Johnson
General Earl Johnson Biography
313th Bomb Wing Mining Missions
Lt Robert Copeland, copilot, Z Square 8
Pyote Bomber Base With A Photo Album
"Hap" Halloran induction Combat Airman Hall of Fame
Blackie Blackburn with a photo album
Hap's Memorable Flight On FIFI
C. Douglas Caffey, A WW2 Veteran, Book Of Poetry
C. Douglas Caffey Collection Of Poetry
C. Douglas Caffey Poetry
C. Douglas Caffey Poem "Graveyard at the Bottom of the Sea"
C. Douglas Caffey Poem "I Saw Liberty Crying"
C. Douglas Caffey Poem "Old Memories"
C. Douglas Caffey Poem "I Saw An Old Veteran"
C. Douglas Caffey Poem "Flying Backwards"
C. Douglas Caffey Poem "All Is Quiet On Iwo Jima"
C. Douglas Caffey Poem "Bones In The Sand"
C. Douglas Caffey on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
C. Douglas Caffey With More on PTSD
C. Douglas Caffey Memorial Day Flying The Flag
C. Douglas Caffey Saying Goodbye To America
The Pacific Theater
Battle of Saipan, Mariana Islands
Saipan Medals of Honor
Battle of Tinian, Mariana Islands
Tinian Medals of Honor
Battle of Guam, Mariana Islands
Guam Medals of Honor
Battle of Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima Medals of Honor
Cpl Ira Hayes, USMC
Battle of Okinawa
Okinawa Medals of Honor
Ivan Fail's "The Saga Of The Superfortress"
Ivan Fail's "The Silent Sentries"
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This B-26, Marauder, 41-31805, was assigned to the 553rd Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group.  They perished on July 28, 1944 in a mid-air collision with a German fighter identified as a FW-190 near Lessard-et-le Chene, France. (MACR 7016) Four crewmembers were buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Section E152 on September 1,1949.



Left to Right:

1/Lt Frederick O. Briggs     Pilot       Remains returned to the family
1/Lt Leon C. Higginbotham   Co-Pilot     Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

1/Lt Claude C. Cannaday    Bombardier     Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

T/Sgt Selwyn B. Danowitz      Radio          Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
S/Sgt Charley Manford Johns      Engineer      Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

S/Sgt Robert J. Birmingham        Gunner     Remains returned to the family

Sgt Charley Johns, Flight Engineer

On the 28th of July 1944 the B26, 41-31805 of the 386th BG 553rd BS, was lost. The plane collided with a German fighter and went down near Lessard-et-le Chene France. The crew was returning to their home base at Great Dunmow England. All onboard were lost.

A village near Lessard-et-le Chene France, wants to put up a memorial to the crew.  I'm searching for descendants so they can be invited to the ceremony; five of the crew have been found.

Thank You,
Robert Stuard
Lacey-Davis Foundation

American liaison for ANSA - Normandy Ass. for Air Remembrance


Harry Johns, brother of the Engineer Sgt Charley Johns, went to France and found the crash site. He talked with the farmer who saw the collision. He was able to recover some artifacts including the co-pilots dog tags - Leon C. Higginbotham. He will give them to Higginbotham's family himself and tell them how he got them.


This B-29, Z Square 47, 42-24600, “Adam’s Eve,” was assigned to the 883rd Squadron of the 500th Bomb Group. The crew was lost when their bomber was rammed by a Japanese fighter on April 7, 1945. Lt. Brittain and Sgt Headley were buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Site E180 on October 7, 1949.



1/LT. ROBERT E. KING         Pilot     Honolulu National Memorial Cemetery

2/LT. GEORGE N. CHAFFIN           Copilot

2/LT. JEROME J. WONDRASEK  Bombardier  Arlington National Cemetery

T/SGT. WILLIAM W. BERGREN     Flight Engineer

2/LT CHARLES E. BRITTAIN     Navigator  Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

CORP JEROME E. NETTUM                  Radio Operator

CORP ELMER R. KERSHNER               Left Gunner

CORP WALKER P. BULLER                  Right Gunner

S/SGT WILLIAM C. HEADLEY       CFC    Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

CORP ALBERT D. ISZA                            Radar Operator

CORP RUSSELL A. MILLER                   Tail Gunner




The King Crew was substituting for the Adam’s Crew who were on R & R during this mission. The target was the Musashi Nakajima Aircraft Factory.  The plane was rammed by Japanese fighter pilot Lt. Takashi Kawano and crashed in Kugayama, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. The entire crew was killed in action. Japanese records indicate Corporal Miller was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries. Ten bodies were recovered from the site and buried in the cemetery at Komyoji High School.






This B-25, 41-13129, was assigned to the 445th Squadron of the 321st Bomb Group. On February 21, 1944 they were shot down over the target (MACR 2478).  Four crew members were buried at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery on February 14, 1950 at Section E286-287.



2/Lt Newkirk, Renford R,   Pilot   Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

2/Lt Cook, William K.,   Copilot  Florence American Nat'l  Cemetery

2/Lt Forney, William A.    Bombardier     Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

Sgt Carner, Donald E.           Engineer            Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

Sgt Carson, Donald             Gunner                Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

Sgt Lewis, Harold E            Gunner


Monday, 21 February 1944


In Italy, B-25s bomb Orte marshalling yard, and B-26s hit Imperia docks; A-20s pound troop concentrations near Campoleone, along with P-40s and A-36s which also hit a fuel dump, tank and truck concentrations, and gun positions in the area; fighter-bombers also bomb and block the Itri-Gaeta road.


HQ 321st BG Mission Summary (Ops Order 258/mission 257) Group Mission # 220: The mission of twenty-four planes attacked the Orte marshalling yards as an alternate to the Spoleto yards, closed-in by weather. Pictures show not only good coverage on the marshalling yard buildings but also two hits scored on a 40-wagon train south of the yards on the Civitavecchia line. Also two hits were made on the Rome line. Three FW190’s mad aggressive attacks on the first flight of the formation and shot down one of our ships, Lt. Newkirk’s of the 445th Bomb Squadron. S/Sgt. Carson, his turret-gunner, got a probably destroyed FW190 before going down. One observer saw the B-25 explode on contact with the ground – no parachutes were seen.  Lt. Newkirk was in good formation when hit. One engine feathered and was last seen going down”.


Flak: Slight, heavy, inaccurate from Viterbo A/D and N. of Lake A-5017. Also reported from A-5050.

Enemy Air: 3 FW-190’s followed 1st flight (which bombed target last) after leaving target. One aggressive came up from rear to attack from six o’clock. One flew under element from head on coming up from rear and flew parallel with formation for 2 miles. 8 E/A seen in dog-fight near Orte. About 30 E/A A/C on Viterbo main. 10 on Viterbo #2. T/E JU-52’s and some S/E unidentified.

Claims: Sgt. Cecil E. Carson, turret gunner 445th Squadron. One FW-190—probable.

Results: Due to cloud cover over primary alternate was bombed. 1st Flight bombed last on a 275. 2nd Flight bombed on 45 heading, and reported good cover on middle and S. end of M/Yds on RR S. of M/Yds. 1st Flight’s bombs over for the most part. A few hits reported near N. choke point—across road N. of Orte and over town.

Observation: Ground: 40/50 M/T on main highway between Terni and Spoleto going both N. & S. Much activity on roads in area between Todi and S. Orte.

Flight Leaders: Lts. Olson and Stokes. Number of Sorties: 23



Capt, Air Corps,

Gp. Intelligence Officer.


445th BS War Diary: This date marks the first anniversary of this Squadron’s arrival at the port of Oran in North Africa – one year on foreign soil today. The orderly room tent is now set up completely and more pyramidals are springing up around camp. A plane was sent to Cairo to take Lt. Kauric, bombardier, and Sgt. Reddy, gunner to a school at Ballah, Egypt. Lt Kauric will brush up on bombing while Sgt. Reddy with learn more about aerial gunnery in a 30 day course. A number of Officers and enlisted men went along for the ride. Two of the B-25D’s were transferred out of the Squadron. Hamburgers were very much enjoyed for supper tonight.


445th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 258/mission 257) Group Mission # 220: Today’s mission was to bomb the Orte marshalling yards. It cost this Squadron one plane – Lt. Newkirk and his crew – to attacks by enemy fighters. Sgt. Cecil F. Carson, turret gunner in the Squadron claimed a Focke Wulf 190 in the battle between the B-25’s and about 8 Focke Wulf 190’s.



This B17, 42-30649, “Rose Olive,” was assigned to the 327th Squadron of the 92nd Bomb Group. On April 11, 1944, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The plane caught fire and exploded near Brunswick, Germany (MACR 3668). There were no survivors.  On February 23, 1950, three members of the crew were buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Section E278.

2 Lt. John E. Harris   Pilot             Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

2 Lt. Milton Y. Wilson   Copilot     Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

2 Lt. Jim B. Goodner, Jr.            Navigator    

Pvt. Charles R. Pettibone            Gunner     Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery

S/Sgt. Thomas O. Obedina     Engineer          

S/Sgt. Clinton M. Gill              Radio Operator        

Sgt. Robert W. Fuller       Gunner          

Sgt. Jennings A. Ball     Gunner          

Sgt. Howard L. Evans      Gunner          

Sgt. Donald L. Cash            Gunner   Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.


Donald Lee CASH was buried in Ardennes American Cemetery Plot D, Row 7, Grave 14.

B-17 ROSE OLIVE 327th Squadron 92nd Bomb group

In the Picture; left to right front row;

John Harris-Pilot / Milton Wilson-Co-Pilot / Jim Goodner-Bombardier / Marchetti-Navigator /

Back Row;

Thomas Obedina-Engineer /  Jennings Ball-Gunner / Clinton Gill-Radio Operator / Don Cash-Tail Gunner  /

 Ed Braun-Top Turret Gunner /   Roger Fuller-Ball Turret Gunner  

Note: Ed Braun was in the hospital with injuries during the fatal mission

Pvt Charles Pettibone replaced Ed Braun.

327th Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group

In the fall of 1943 long range raids began, and resulted immediately in heavy losses. One of these missions was flown on Thursday, October 14, 1943, against the ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt. For what was to become a famous mission called "Black Thursday", the 326th led the mission with Capt J K McLaughlin and Co-Pilot Colonel Budd J. Peaslee, the Mission Commander and led the group in the lead wing with 21, 92BG aircraft; one 326th Squadron and two other Group aircraft aborted, and of the 12 group aircraft that made it back to England, only 3 came home that day.

This loss of six is sobering enough, but it was not the only loss suffered by the 92nd BG during the war, and two more years of combat flying lay ahead. By the end of the war against Germany, the group had flown over 300 combat missions, 154 aircraft missing in action and more than 150 returned with battle damage that it would not fly again. It was a war of grim determination, grinding hard work, and heroic acts on an everyday basis.


Some of the notable successes of the squadron included missions against German troop concentrations in Normandy after D-Day. On the 24th of July, 1944, for example, the Squadron participated in a raid that virtually destroyed the elite "Panzer Lehr" armored division outside St. Lo. General Bayerlein, the Panzer division commander, described this raid, "Back and forth the bomb carpets were laid. Artillery positions were wiped out, tanks overturned and buried, infantry positions flattened and all roads and tracks destroyed. By midday, the entire area resembled a moon landscape. The shock effect on the troops was indescribable."


Another notable success was a raid against the virtually indestructible German submarine pens at Ijmuiden. Using experimental rocket-propelled bombs, the Squadron destroyed these pens in a single raid after hundreds of conventional bombs dropped in earlier raids had failed. The Squadron flew its last mission of the Second World War on April 25th, 1945, against the chemical plants at Pilsen. One 327th aircraft was lost, and Germany had lost the war.


This A-20 Havoc Attack Bomber was assigned to the 90th Squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group. 2/Lt Edward J. Kunzer, Jr. lost his life when the A-20 Havoc Attack Bomber he was piloting was knocked down by enemy fire over Negros Island on April 19, 1945. Lt. Kunzer entered the armed forces on September 22, 1942 at Camp Grant, Illinois and was stationed at Madura island in the Philippines at the time of his death. Lt. Kunzer was buried at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Section E162 on November 9, 1949.


3rd Bombardment Group


The group served in combat from 1 Apr 1942 until V-J Day. It used A-20, A-24, and B-25 aircraft for operations. The group had its headquarters in Australia until Jan 1943, but its squadrons operated from New Guinea, bombing and strafing enemy airfields, supply lines, installations, and shipping as the Allies halted the Japanese drive toward Port Moresby and drove the enemy back from Buna to Lae. At the end of that campaign in Jan 1943, headquarters moved to New Guinea. For the next year and a half the group continued to serve in the Southwest Pacific, where it played an important role in the offensives in which the Allies pushed along the northern coast of New Guinea, taking Salamaua, Lae, Hollandia, Wakde, Biak, and Noemfoor. In Mar 1943 it took part in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, which ended Japanese attempts to send convoys to Lae. In Aug 1943, when Fifth AF struck airfields at Wewak to neutralize Japanese airpower that threatened the advance of Allied forces in New Guinea, the group made an attack in the face of intense antiaircraft fire on 17 Aug, destroyed or damaged many enemy planes, and won a DUC for the mission. In the fall of 1943 the group struck Japanese naval and air power at Rabaul to support the assaults on Bougainville and New Britain. In an attack on shipping at Simpson Harbor, New Britain, on 2 Nov 1943, the 3rd group encountered heavy opposition from enemy fighters and from antiaircraft batteries on the ships. In that attack Maj Raymond H Wilkins, commander of the 8th squadron, sank two ships before he was shot down as he deliberately drew the fire of a destroyer so that other planes of his squadron could withdraw safely - an action for which Maj Wilkins was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The group moved to the Philippines late in 1944. Equipped with A-20's, it bombed and strafed airfields; supported ground forces on Mindoro, Luzon, and Mindanao; attacked industries and railways on Formosa; and struck shipping along the China coast.

Moved to Okinawa early in Aug 1945 and flew some missions to Japan before the war ended. Moved to Japan in Sep 1945 and, as part of Far East Air Forces, became part of the army of occupation. Operated first from Japan and later from Korea, using B-26 aircraft. Flew most of its missions at night to attack such targets as airfields, vehicles, and railways. Capt John S Walmsley Jr was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on 14 Sep 1944: flying a night mission in a B-26, Capt Walmsley discovered and attacked an enemy supply train, and after exhausting his ammunition he flew at low altitude to direct other aircraft to the same objective; the train was destroyed but Walmsley's plane crashed in the target area.