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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, survivor of the USS Erie disaster, and Russell Owen Bean, who also experienced an early and tragic death. Also please visit my hero cousins memorials Pvt Paul Everette Patterson, PFC Ralph Delano Forest 'RDF' Churchwell, or any of the other fine young men who were WWII Casualties from Greene County, Mississippi.

I also appreciate visits and flowers for my sweet and beloved B Velvet.

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
For extensive history, biographies, aircraft, and losses in the Pacific WWII, please visit research associate Justin Taylan's website,
Pacific Wrecks

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 Adopt A Grave 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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RE: Transfers..
Well don't worry...I'll send yours back...
Added by ShaneO on Jan 05, 2017 2:54 PM
RE: Transfers..
Which ones...??? I do not believe I have any of yours...
Added by ShaneO on Jan 02, 2017 4:43 PM
Margaret C Cowles
It's been awhile! I'm working with a photo of my dad's taken in Ft Sheridan (guy holding the sign) with hand written "Rookies AC's". Only a very very few have names written above them.

Anything you can do to help find these poor souls in their final resting place?

I'd be happy to e-mail you a copy. Just let me know.
Added by Margaret C Cowles on Jan 02, 2017 7:14 AM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Jana, my Find A Grave friend! I would be honored if you added me to your Find A Grave "Friends List"! Please let me hear from you!
Added by KATHY on Dec 25, 2016 2:36 AM
Bruce Johnson
Memorial 107008278
Hello, I found your memorial for Anna Lucy Johnson and am grateful for the photo and information. Do you know what happened to her second husband Z T Johnson? Where he might be buried? I am from that family and would be willing to exchange information with you. I also sent you a message to the email in your profile. Thanks. - Bruce Johnson
Added by Bruce Johnson on Dec 05, 2016 12:28 PM
Margaret C Cowles
It's been a while - here's one more

CLP Allen Edward Hahn memorial #103443944 with a beautiful shot of the back of the family stone for proof!
Added by Margaret C Cowles on Nov 26, 2016 9:50 AM
RE: Lt Langhorst is coming home!
Ok, thank you for the update.
Added by usafdo on Nov 22, 2016 5:26 PM
Lt Langhorst is coming home!
News Releases
Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Langhorst)
16-103 | November 18, 2016

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frederick W. Langhorst, 24, of Yonkers, New York, will be buried Nov. 26 in Battle Creek, Michigan. On July 17, 1945, Langhorst was assigned to the 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command, and was the co-pilot of a C-109 aircraft with three other crew members on a routine cargo transport mission from Jorhat, India, to Hsinching, China, when it crashed in a remote area. An extensive search of the area failed to identify the crash site and the crew was declared deceased on July 18, 1946, and their remains designated non-recoverable.

In late 2007, an independent investigator, Clayton Kuhles, discovered aircraft wreckage near the village of Bismarknagar, India, in a deep ravine at a high altitude, which he believed correlated to the missing aircraft. Bone fragments were recovered and sent to the former Joint Personnel Accounting Commandís Central Identification Lab, now DPAAís laboratory.

In February 2009, a contracted group traveled to the reported crash site and confirmed the location of the wreckage. Also in 2009, a local resident in India turned over additional bone fragments he had taken from the crash site.

To identify Langhorstís remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched a nephew, as well as circumstantial evidence.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war.

For additional information on the Defense Departmentís mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at, find us on social media at or call (703) 699-1420.
Added by usafdo on Nov 21, 2016 7:03 PM
Leo St. Laurent
Thank you so much for putting this on here! I was able to show my grandfather (Leo was his uncle) and now my family knows where he is buried. This is one of the coolest things I've ever found. Thank you again!
Added by SamamthaSue on Nov 20, 2016 1:50 PM
RE: Norris 136928565
I understand. Thanks for fixing them!
Added by Jo on Oct 20, 2016 8:25 AM
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