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Tim Cook (#46481904)
 member for 13 years, 4 months, 9 days
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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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P. Eadie
Robert Cain
Hi, We just returned from Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, NJ where we successfully located and photographed F.O. Robert A. Cain per your request. With him was his father, Robert B Cain (1898 - 1966). I have uploaded Robert A. Cain's photo to his Find A Grave memorial page but his father Robert B Cain does not have a memorial page. If you would post one for him, I would be very happy to upload Robert B. Cain's photo. Please advise. Pat
Added by P. Eadie on Sep 14, 2014 1:40 PM
Janice Hollandsworth
Inglewood Park
I am sending you the link to their Veteran's Directory in case there are vets that are from the other years besides WWII that you would like to search for. I am only concerned with WWII.
Added by Janice Hollandsworth on Sep 12, 2014 12:47 PM
Patty White
Raymond Breit
CAn you tell me how I can find the 4 newspaper articles you found regarding Raymond Breit? Aerial gunner aboard B-29 Superfortress #42-65289

Thank you.
Added by Patty White on Sep 11, 2014 1:25 PM
Debora Bush
Frank Seavy
Dear Tim, Thank you so very much for the wonderful photos and information on my husbands ancestor. My husband died 2/3/2013 but I am continuing the search for the rest of the family.
Again thank you so very much!

Debora K (Rise) Bush
Added by Debora Bush on Sep 10, 2014 10:30 AM
Connie Schwindt Rumold
Currie family members
Thank you for these lovely photos of these older monuments. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Anna B. Currie
Mrs Mate Benton Currie
Emma E. Currie
John Currie
Dorothy Currie
Alexander Currie

Connie Schwindt Rumold
Added by Connie Schwindt Rumold on Sep 09, 2014 2:59 PM
Janice Hollandsworth
Lloyd Ball, L&K
Thanks Tim! Everything looks fantastic now.
Added by Janice Hollandsworth on Sep 03, 2014 1:19 PM
Loren Bender
Austrailan crash
Hi Tim I am sure you are aware of this one but in case your not here it is. I stumbled upon it when one of the guys I was researching was on the plane.(Marlin D. Metzger) Loren



of california

in the house of representatives

Thursday, June 29, 2000

Mr. GARY MILLER of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize
and honor forty American soldiers killed over fifty-seven years ago in
a terrible aviation accident. This mishap occurred in Bakers Creek,
Queensland, Australia on 14 June 1943. At the time, it was not only the
worst aviation accident in Australia, but also the worst aviation
accident of World War II.
The aircraft was operated by the United States Army Air Force 46th
Transport Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group (46TCG) of the
5th Air Force, United States Army Air Force, and was one of many B-17
aircraft removed and converted from combat status and placed with the
46th as a transport aircraft. Shortly after takeoff from the Mackay
airport in Bakers Creek, Australia, their B-17 flying Fortress lost
altitude, falling to the earth in a slow and steady bank and crashed in
a ball of flames. In addition to the six crew members, thirty-five
soldiers were on board, returning to their posts after being on leave
in Mackay. Their names, rank, and units follow:
Crew: 1/Lt. Vern J. Gidcumb, Pilot, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 46th
Troop Carrier Squadron; F/O William C. Erb, Co-Pilot, 317th Troop
Carrier Group, 46th Troop Carrier Squadron; 2/Lt. Jack A. Ogren,
Navigator, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 46th Troop Carrier Squadron; S/
Sgt. Lovell Dale Curtis, Crew Chief, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 46th
Troop Carrier Squadron; S/Sgt. Frank E. Whelchel, Crew Chief, 374th
Troop Carrier Group, 22th Troop Carrier Squadron; Sgt. David E.
Tileston, Radio Operator, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 46th Troop Carrier
Passengers: Pfc. Arnold Seidel, 5th Air Force, 415th Signal Company;
Pvt. Ruben L. Vaughn, 5th Fighter Command, HQ Squadron; T/5 George A.
Ehrman, 5th fighter Command, Signal HQ Company; S/Sgt. Roy A. Hatlen,
35th Fighter Group, 40th Fighter Squadron; S/Sgt. John W. Hilsheimer,
35th Fighter Group, 40th Fighter Squadron; Sgt. Dean H. Busse, 35th
Fighter Group, 40th Fighter Squadron; Cpl. Raymond H. Smith, 35th
Fighter Group, 40th Fighter Squadron; Maj. George N. Powell, 49th
Fighter Group, HQ Squadron; Pfc. Jerome Abraham, 49th Fighter Group, Hq
Squadron; Pvt. Charles, D. Montgomery, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter
Squadron; Capt. John O. Berthold, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter
Squadron; Sgt. Carl A. Cunningham, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter
Sgt. Charlie O. LaRue, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron; Sgt
Leo. E. Fletcher, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron;
Sgt. Donald B. Kyper, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment
Squadron; Cpl. Franklin F. Smith, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th
Bombardment Squadron; T/Sgt. James A. Copeland, 8th Service Group, HQ
Squadron; Cpl. Charles W. Sampson, 8th Service Group, 11th Service
Squadron; Pfc. Dale Van Fosson, 8th Service Group, 1160th Quartermaster
Company; Pfc. Kenneth W. Mann, 36th Service Group, 374th Service
Squadron; Pfc. Charles M. Williams, 455th Service Squadron; T/5 William
A. Briggs, 478th Service Squadron, 1037th Signals; Cpl. Edward Tenny,
479th Service Squadron.
Pfc. Norman J. Goetz, 480th Service Squadron; Pfc. Frederick C.
Sweet, 481st Service Squadron, 46th Ordnance Company; T/Sgt. Alfred H.
Frezza, 27th Depot Repair Squadron; Cpl. Jacob O. Skaggs, Jr., 27th
Depot Repair Squadron; Pvt. James E. Finney, 27th Depot Repair
Squadron; Pvt. Raymond D. Longabaugh, 842nd Aviation Engineer
Battalion; Cpl. Marlin D. Metzger, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 6th Troop
Carrier Squadron; Pfc. Frank S. Penska, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 6th
Troop Carrier Squadron; Sgt. Anthony Rudnick, 565th Signal Battalion,
Company A; Pfc. Vernon Johnson, 440th Signal Battalion, Company A; Pfc.
John W. Parker, 809th Chemical Company.
Mr. Speaker, although these men came from twenty different states,
were from many different walks of life, and served in many different
units, their common purpose was one: service to our nation. Until
recently, the details of this mishap were classified by the Air Force,
but now that the incident is available for public attention, I desire
to honor the memory of these fine young men.
I applaud the efforts of people like Mr. Colin Benson, who is a
historian for the Mackay chapter of the Returned and Service League
(RSL) of Australia. Mr. Benson's devotion to obtaining the records of
the incident and seeking recognition for these men has been long and
arduous. As an Australian, Mr. Benson's dedication to our American
soldiers is commendable. Rarely does a foreign country applaud the
efforts and sacrifices of another, and strive so hard to honor their
dead. I also applaud Mr. Eugene D. Rossel's commitment and dedication
to the disclosure of this terrible mishap. He is that type of American
who will not rest until heroes like the men I listed above are
recognized for their personal sacrifice.
Mr. Speaker, I ask that we give thanks to all our veterans for the
sacrifices they made for our great nation. Unfortunately, we must also
live with the knowledge that some of our servicemen and women do not
live long enough to become veterans. They give their lives so that ours
might be better, and the men of B-17 40-2071 did no less. May we
continue to recognize and memorialize our fallen servicemen and women,
long into the future.


Added by Loren Bender on Sep 03, 2014 12:29 PM
John Maxwell
hi Tim
Got your message and was glad to do it. I deleted my entry since there is no reason for two. If you come across any others you want to modify let me know.
Added by John Maxwell on Aug 31, 2014 10:56 PM
Chuck/Karen Brackett
Charles G Savage Jr
Tim, sorry about the duplication, but I did transfer the picture to yours and also added his dad and mom for you to ok. After all is ok, I will delete my memorial for him.

Chuck and Karen Brackett
Added by Chuck/Karen Brackett on Aug 31, 2014 2:19 PM
Bruce Hicks
Linus Eugene Amberg
Linus Eugene Amberg, #113256770, was an aviation cadet who died in an aircraft accident 1/4 mile north of Bryan Air Force Base in Brazos County, Texas. Don't know where to look for him in your virtual cemeteries but thought you might want to add him if you don't have him.

Added by Bruce Hicks on Aug 28, 2014 5:19 PM
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