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B24CoPilotNiece (#47391745)
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Bio Photo I learned genealogy from the best - my parents! I am a fan of WWII and aviation history. I realize how important it is to memorialize our family and loved ones. I think FindAGrave is one of the greatest things ever invented.

I am placing USAAF airmen with their plane and crews in my virtual cemeteries. Folks, war is hell and so are aviation disasters. I do my best to be accurate and factual however tactful, and it is not possible to 'sugar coat' the events of WWII. My Uncle George Junior died in a horrific crash, but his last known words were truly heroic. No matter the circumstances, all who gave the ultimate sacrifice are heroes. I have personally found that the heroism overshadows the tragedy.

I AM SEEKING FAMILY CONTACTS for the sharing of BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, PHOTOS, OBITUARIES, AND SERVICE HISTORIES. Please know that, although I am adding war history and crash information, I am just as interested in the family information and other biographical details.

I am adding military service photos for the purposes of historical documentation and memorializing those that served our great country, and no infringement is intended, as for most service photos, the photographer is unknown, no longer with us, or it is a government photo. The source of the photo will always be given in the caption.

If you would like a transfer, simply ask and please tell me your relationship. I have no problem transferring to any that have a closer relationship than I do, only I wish to add my information first before transferring. I am not related to most, so if you are family, please don't hesitate to request a transfer.

I volunteer in honor of my Uncle, FO George Franklin Churchwell, Jr, 1923-1943. It means a lot to me to see flowers left for him or my other Uncles, BMC Hillery Lee Churchwell and Russell Owen Bean, who also experienced an early and tragic death.

email - b24copilotniece (at)
(take out the spaces and replace the 'at' with symbol!)

--Some of the memorials that I have added may have the interment date and not the DOD, so please send me any corrections you may have using the Edit button.

--Some food for thought on the 'copyright' of newspaper obits, visit here to learn more about the subject and caveats of 'fair use' -

--Things such as SACs work better with me if they are done in a polite and cordial manner.

>>>NEWS ITEMS<<< If you like my page, check out...
If you lost a loved one 'Over the Hump', please visit my friend Clayton Kuhles' website,WWII Aviation Researcher and Wreckfinder in the China-Burma-India Theatre
Military aviation accident reports are available via
If you would like to find specific information and photos for various B-24 Liberators in WWII, go to
Many of the American soldiers' graves in the American Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries have been adopted by our friends in the Netherlands. For more information, please visit the Fields of Honor Database
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The Santa Barbara B-24 Disasters - A Chain of Tragedies Across Air, Land, and Sea
-by Robert A Burtness
--contributions by Jana Churchwell
NOTE I have high-quality images of the names on the TABLETS OF THE MISSING at ABMC's EAST COAST MEMORIAL but have not had the tremendous amount of time to post them here. If you need a good quality photo of a name on the wall, please email me and I will be glad to share with you the one that you need.
**NOTE** The weblinks provided above and on a few select memorials are historic in nature and are for informational purposes.
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Tricia the Spirit Chaser
RE: James White
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser on Sep 14, 2014 9:35 AM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser
James White
The one you sent me said he was a Lt. But the tombstone states staff sargeant? What do you think?
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser on Sep 14, 2014 9:11 AM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser
James White
You are AMAZING and so fast. The info you are able to find is incredible....thanks for the added link info as well.
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser on Sep 14, 2014 8:42 AM
RE: location of crash
No problem! Glad you were able to use the information.
Added by Laurie on Sep 14, 2014 12:27 AM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser
Are you able to find anything with just a name and dates?
Looking for information on James Dial "Kinkie" White, memorial number 112405716. Born 1924 Died 1943.He was a 19 year old Staff Sgt. Tombstone says he flew and died for us all. His death status with the casualties records indicates DNB.
I would appreciate any info you could find and I will add it to his memorial. Again, thanks for all your help in the past.
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser on Sep 13, 2014 7:52 AM
location of crash

I live in England, and have been tracking down American USAAF memorials for some time. There is a memorial for these men at South Cove church near me. I see that you have the crash happening in Stamford, England, when it was actually in South Cove, near Wrentham, in Suffolk. Refer to the October 88 entry here:

The Find a Grave memorial #is 85812445

I have photographs of the memorial if you would like to see them. Thank you!
Added by Laurie on Sep 13, 2014 6:13 AM
Patricia Fletchall Palm
William Barkley Palm
Jana, My husband tells me that was his grand fathers William Barkley Palm's little sister :) I can put you in contact with my father in law if you like he would probably be more helpful. You can email me directly at if you like that way I am sure to see it Hope that we can help

Patricia Palm
Added by Patricia Fletchall Palm on Sep 06, 2014 10:44 PM
Steve Cole
Robert Varney
Impressive work. I left a photo of cadet Robert Varney. I'm searching for info of other cadets I found in the Yearbook for Greenwood Miss airfield. Do you have any info on this B-26 pilot:
Russell J. Moths, 2d Lieutenant
449th Bomber Squadron, 322nd Bomber Group, Medium
Entered the Service From: Wisconsin
Service #: O-815204
Date of Death: August 16, 1944
Buried in Cambridge England.
I don't know if he was killed in combat or an accident.

Also looking for any info on H. F. Lazzarini of New York City, NY.(no first name) I found a MACR for a night mission to Hong Kong with 425 Sqd 308 Bomb Group on Nov 15, 1943 that mentions seeing the aircraft of Lt. Lazzarini also going down. But no MACR under his name.

One more:

Edward J. Chapyak of Buckanan, NY.
Possible accident. 492BS, 7BG
B-24J S/N 42-73221 lost in India.
Added by Steve Cole on Sep 03, 2014 4:26 AM
I received an email from Louis Houck's granddaughter with the correct cemetery! I called and confirmed he is there and am now waiting for a photo of his stone. He was the last one! FINALLY this memorial will be complete. Your virtual cemetery C-47A #43-15594.
Added by glenda on Aug 25, 2014 9:08 AM
Margaret C Cowles
memorial #18133640
"J.W. Bridges...1917-2007...(AAF) belly gunner in a B-17...over 24 missions over Germany..."

no rank given.
Added by Margaret C Cowles on Aug 12, 2014 12:00 PM
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