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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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Margaret C Cowles
How is life treating you now? Better I hope.

Here's another "boy" Please read his bio on memorial #37301549. His name is Francis "Jack" Stevens, and he served overseas.

Keep in touch as you can.

Added by Margaret C Cowles on Sep 07, 2017 9:46 AM
Bruce Johnson
Husband of Lucy Williamson Johnson #107008278
Hi, I just wanted to update you on Lucy's last husband Zachariah Taylor Johnson. He died on Mar 9, 1949 in Covina, CA. According to his DC he had lived in Covina since 1943. That is no doubt when he and Lucy relocated from Arkansas. His remains were sent to Russellville, AR but I have not found where he was interred. Thanks again for your help. - Bruce Johnson
Added by Bruce Johnson on Aug 23, 2017 11:27 PM
RE: George Oakley photos
George is in Block 3. I did add the exact GPS coordinates of his grave to his Find A Grave site. You can use these on a mapping program if union go there, or use them in Google Earth.

Using the Find A Grave app you touch on on the GPS coordinate numbers (not the cemetery arrow) and the exact site of the grave will open in your mapping program.

If you would like the exact row and grave numbers, may I suggest you call the main office of the Syracuse dioceses at Calvary Cemetery, Utica, NY, at 315-735-2727. They have all the exact burial recovery records for Mr Oliver in Whitesboro.
Added by frwill48 on Jun 23, 2017 4:55 AM
RE: George Oakley photos
You are very welcome. The flag was placed there by a local veterans group for Memorial Day. The caretaker at the cemetery, Sean Williams, helped me find George's grave.

Please let me know if I can be of further help to you.

Best regards,

Frank Williams
Added by frwill48 on Jun 23, 2017 1:52 AM
RE: Patterson
Source =
Or search:
Added by SBR on Jun 09, 2017 12:30 PM
Loari Bioletto
RE: Henry A Patterson
I don't have their emails, and based on your posted bio, i think you have the wrong person. MY Paul Patterson is not Paul Everette Patterson (wrong middle name) and he is not a half brother.

Good luck in your search.
Added by Loari Bioletto on Jun 07, 2017 7:02 AM
Bruce Johnson
RE: Memorial 107008278
Hello again, were you able to find out any more about Lucy's second husband Z Taylor Johnson? If I can at least find out if he died in Arkansas or California that would help narrow the search. Thanks for your help. - Bruce
Added by Bruce Johnson on Jun 06, 2017 12:35 AM
Edwin Riley Bennett
I have added to Eds information. I have been looking for his final resting place for years and have not been able to find him. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Added by kevin on May 29, 2017 1:36 PM
Charles Carter
Hi! After I sent you that email, I realized there is a different person managing Charles J's memorial, so I will reach out to them as well about adding his nickname. :)
Added by estee on May 24, 2017 6:52 AM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser🌺
RE: French Malcolm Russell 1918-1944
Hope things are better in your world. Thanks for all you have done with my FindaGrave entries.
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser&... on May 02, 2017 3:28 PM
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