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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** The weblinks provided above and on a few select memorials are historic in nature and are for informational purposes.
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May I use the photo of gravestone in my genealogy/ She is a VERY distant relative so am not requesting transfer.
Shirley Avera # 14954771
Added by (SMA) on Jul 10, 2014 2:10 PM
Robert C. Peurifoy
RE: Louis Zamperini
Did you read what was there before? He just took my suggestions and added them to the note at the bottom. He seems to have a lot of memorials with "Burials Unknown" of actors and other famous. Maybe he just doesn't want to put the effort into it. But I went through his family and added dates, etc. He had his father's memorial, but only had the death year, nothing else.
p.s. I posted it as famous about 10 pm last night. by 11 there were already 16 stars!
Added by Robert C. Peurifoy on Jul 07, 2014 11:22 AM
Robert C. Peurifoy
Louis Zamperini
Jana, the contributor who added the memorial for Louis Zamperini for some reason transferred it to my care. I had suggested he rewrite it as a "famous" memorial. Anyway, I have re-worked what he had and edited it for a famous designation. Would you revisit his memorial and mark a star. This was completely unexpected. If you see anything which needs to be changed or corrected or added, please let me know. I want to get it right.
Added by Robert C. Peurifoy on Jul 06, 2014 9:43 PM
Michael D
Carl Maurice Herzog 119870967
Looks like you created a duplicate record.

Original one is here.

Grave Memorial# 13072966

Added by Michael D on Jul 06, 2014 7:23 AM
michelle powell-yatsko
TSgt Francis L Powell
Thank you for all that you do. I did not know some of what you posted about my father. His MACR was not released until 1986 and I just found it recently at the National Archives.
If possible would you transfer his memorial to me? I would appreciate it.
Added by michelle powell-yatsko on Jul 04, 2014 7:12 PM
RE: SSgt James Edward Penwell
There was actually just one more-a close up of the inscription which I have added. I am glad that I was there on 25th May 2014 when the grave with the fine floral tribute was made ready for 2014 Memorial Day on 26th.

May I just say that it is usual to edit the photo sort order so that the ‘person pics' appear at the top.
Added by darealjolo on Jul 03, 2014 4:00 AM
Melissa Sheets
Frank Hefner
This is my uncle Son of Mary Fink and Roy Fink. I knew my grandmother. But he was my moms half brother. So I know Nothing of his father. But he has a brother still living. I may be able to find more info.
Added by Melissa Sheets on May 28, 2014 9:49 AM
RE: SSgt James Edward Penwell
My other photo is a close up of the inscription, but "Free memorial photo maximum reached."

The page needs to be sponsored to allow more photos.

You mare care to edit the existing photo sort order anyway so that the 'person pics' show first?
Added by darealjolo on May 28, 2014 5:44 AM
SSgt James Edward Penwell
Memorial Day grave pic added-there is one more [close up] but the free limit has been reached
Added by darealjolo on May 27, 2014 12:26 PM
Kathleen Clemence
RE: Sgt Fred Stone
Thanks! Wish I could have given you more, but that was all I found during a quick search.

Added by Kathleen Clemence on May 15, 2014 3:31 PM
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