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Tim Cook (#46481904)
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Bio Photo Researching some of the 36,000 + Army Air Forces personnel who died in the
line of duty, in non-combat missions during the World War II era in service-related accidents.
They gave their all and died in the service
of their country, but received no purple hearts
and virtually no mention in the history books
and have largely been forgotten by time.

Please use the Edit tab, and select Suggest a Correction or Provide Additional Information to make any update requests. It is much easier to handle the issue this way, rather than a personal email.

If you choose to send an email regarding any memorial here, please be very specific who you are
referring to: Name, death year and cemetery name (if possible).

I am not related to anyone I have added here in the military category. I added all my ancestors nearly ten years ago.

I am happy to update any memorial, including family links. But I DO NOT like adding census information, copies of death certificates and please do not add long obituaries to the "photo" area. The information can be condensed and pasted into the bio area. If you don't have the time to type out the obituary, just email it to me. I will add it and give you credit for finding it.
I appreciate any information that can "round out" someone's bio.

From time to time I get emails asking me where I obtained the names of linked family members, etc.
I add information from update requests "at face value." I do not keep logs of who sent them to me, or when. If I don't see a conflict, I assume the info is accurate. The information I add is only as accurate as the source material, which, of course, can be flawed.

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Thank you for transferring Bobby to me - really do appreciate it!
Added by Melinda on Jul 11, 2014 5:52 PM
A Horan
RE: 1LT Donald Patrick Sheehand at ANC
Sure, I'll photograph and post Snow for you. I'll let you know when I post the photos.
Added by A Horan on Jul 10, 2014 8:53 PM
Matthew Prom
Bruce Klaverkamp
Hi Tim. I transferred the memorial to you. No need to transfer it back to me.

Added by Matthew Prom on Jul 10, 2014 5:50 PM
A Horan
1LT Donald Patrick Sheehand at ANC
Hi, Tim,
Several years ago, you requested a photo of the headstone for 1LT Donald Patrick Sheehan, who had been killed in an air crash in Newfoundland in 1960. The NGL had listed him as being buried at Arlington National, and there is a fg memorial for him with an ANC location, too. I had searched the Section 6 where he supposedly was buried at ANC and couldn't find him; then, the ANC admins also checked their records and couldn't find any burial info for him.

The info for him on his fg memorial is incorrect -- he WAS buried at ANC in Section 6 Site 9267-LH (not LM), BUT was disinterred at the family's request. According to a note I found online by his nephew, he was reburied at St Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springfield (Delaware County), PA. I have photo copies of the two ANC interment records, one of which says, as of September 1960, he had been disinterred. In fact, someone else is now buried at Site 9267-LH in Section 6, which you can check on the ANC Explorer website.

I'll ask John Anderson to change the burial location to the PA cemetery, and I'll request a photo of the stone -- let's see what happens!

Added by A Horan on Jul 10, 2014 5:34 PM
Wayne Seibert
Vincent Costlow
Thank you for the information on T/Sgt Costlow. I updated his bio and made links to his parents.
If you are interested, I have a copy of "Wide Wings", a book I inherited from my Uncle John who served in the 8th AF in France and Germany. It has thousands of names and where they were assigned and has hundreds of photographs. I volunteer at the American Veterans Heritage Center and Miami Valley Military History Museum on the grounds of the Dayton VA (Central Division of the 1st three soldiers homes) Unless my brother wants it (he's retired AF), I plan to donate my copy.
Added by Wayne Seibert on Jul 02, 2014 8:00 PM
Loren Bender
Alfonza w. Davis
see Wikipedia below. although he was listed as missing in action and presumed dead the United States Dept. of War listed the presumptive date of death as Oct 30 1945

Alfonza W. Davis (November 23, 1919 - October 30, 1945) was the first African-American aviator from North Omaha, Nebraska to be awarded his "wings." He was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a recipient of the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Unit Citation. Davis was assumed to be dead after going missing on or about July 30, 1945 over the Adriatic Sea.


1 Biography
2 Legacy
3 See also
4 References
5 External links


Davis graduated valedictorian from Omaha's Technical High School in 1937 and went on to attend Omaha University.[1] At Omaha University, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Davis joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 during World War II. He received his flight training at Tuskegee Airfield in Alabama, becoming the first African American from Omaha to graduate and earn his wings. Having graduated at the top of his flight class, he was chosen to be squadron leader of the 302d Fighter Group based in Italy. He later became attached to the 332d Fighter Group as the Assistant Group Operations Officer.[2] The 332d was an all African American unit, known as the "Red Tail" group because of their special aircraft paint scheme.[3] He achieved the rank of captain, flying mostly the P-51 Mustang escort fighter.

Davis' awards and decorations included: a Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and a Distinguished Unit Citation. He was credited with one aerial victory in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations on July 16, 1944.

During his last assignment with the 99th Pursuit Squadron as Squadron Commander, one of the fighter group Davis commanded destroyed 83 German aircraft. While on a reconnaissance mission to Munich, Germany, Davis was lost and declared missing in action near the Gulf of Trieste in overcast weather. The United States Department of War later issued a presumptive finding of death while missing in action on October 30, 1945.[2]
Flagpole plaque for Alphonza Davis outside of the Great Plains Black History Museum.

The Alfonza W. Davis Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen was founded in Omaha in 1988 to conduct historical research and document the "pioneering men and women in military aviation who served our country, fighting two wars—one against enemy military forces and the other against racism at home and abroad."[3] In 2013 Omaha Public Schools named their newest middle school after him.

Davis is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.[4]
See also
Added by Loren Bender on Jul 01, 2014 4:52 PM
Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airborne
RE: George D. Baumback--#44343346--Lodi Memorial
Hi Tim, Thanks, you are a Gentleman and a Scholar.
Added by Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airbor... on Jun 30, 2014 8:22 PM
A Helper
Captain Carl Thomas Poole
Find A Grave Memorial# 99292380.

Thanks for the info on Captain Poole.

I have added your info to his memorial.
Added by A Helper on Jun 30, 2014 1:46 PM
Loren Bender
Tuskegee Airman KIA
Here's one to add to your Tuskegee Airman KIA Alfonso Davis #56307997 Loren Bender
Added by Loren Bender on Jun 29, 2014 2:54 PM
Marilyn Diaz
RE: Elizabeth Bischofberger--Woodbridge
That is fine with me. I just assumed they may have changed the spelling. I notice that a lot in my family research.
Added by Marilyn Diaz on Jun 29, 2014 10:36 AM
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