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1LT Alfred Joseph “Al” Demeusy

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1LT Alfred Joseph “Al” Demeusy

Birth
Oakdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Death
19 May 2001 (aged 82)
Julian, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID
63547980 View Source

1st Lt USAAF WWII
ASN O-794542
34th BG, 7th B Sq
Pilot
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410th AAB Base Unit


He was the son of Alfred Constant and Marjorie Converse of Oakdale, Long Island, NY.

His first marriage was to Winifred Frasier in Tuscon, Arizona.
He married later to Jean Pauline 'Jeannie' Koester Russo.

He successfully bailed out of B-24E #42-7119, which crashed on a nighttime training mission due to mechanical failure over Weed, CA on 10 Jun 1943. He was later promoted to 1st LT.

The crew members were~

2nd LT Alfred J Demeusy, ASN O-794542, Pilot, from Oakdale NY, Bailed Out
FO George F Churchwell, Jr, ASN T-60915, CoPilot, from Leakesville MS, DNB
1st LT Douglas J Thornburg, ASN O-439091, Instructor Pilot, from Casa Grande AZ, Bailed Out
2nd LT George H Clarke, ASN O-798071, Navigator, from Cooperstown NY. DNB
2nd LT Charles L Wiest, ASN O-736742, Bombardier, from Baltimore MD, Bailed Out
SSGT Willet F Draker, ASN 35329411, Engineer, from Ft Wayne IN, DNB
SSGT William W Powell, Jr, ASN 18117310, Engineer, from Houston TX, DNB
SSGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Radio Operator, from Beulah ND, Bailed Out
SSGT Alonzia E Johnston, Jr, ASN 15323452, Gunner, from Canton OH, DNB
SSGT John F Kennedy, ASN 15333120, Gunner, from Peru IN, DNB

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24E #42-7119.

Lt Thornburg, along with his crew, died three weeks later on 06 Jul 1943 in B-24E #42-7160 while on a search and rescue mission for two airmen that bailed out over the Pacific in B-24E #42-7011 'The Eddie Rickenbacker' Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson's Crew. While on a combat mission over interior China to Bangkok, Thailand, this crew also bailed out of B-24J #42-72835 'Flamingo II' of the 308th BG, 373rd B Sq, although there were several different crew members on board that day. All bailed out safely, however, Pilot Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson reported that they 'were twenty-one days walking back to [their] base'.

The crash of B-24E #42-7160 and the site was more recently visited and documented by aviation archaeologist and wreckfinder G Pat Macha.

Sgt Alvin Dschaak was killed later in December 1943 in B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'; he and 8 others were KIA, there was one survivor, SSgt Robert Renner, who was captured and taken as a POW.

Lt Charles L Wiest and his crew was shot down over Germany on 8 April 1944 in B-24J #42-73506 'Black Jack'; Lt Wiest and 8 other crewman survived and became POWs, however the Pilot, Lt Guy Johnson was killed on the ground.

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Obituary courtesy of findagrave Contributor Jerry Huffman #46859530

ALFRED J. DEMEUSY: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - May 21, 2001
Deceased Name: ALFRED J. DEMEUSY
Sept. 18, 1918-May 18, 2001
Alfred J. Demeusy, 82, of Julian died Friday. He was born in New York and owned a food service company. Mr. Demeusy served in the Army (sic) during World War II.
Survivors include his daughters, Dianne O'Dowd of Aliso Viejo and Carol Groom of Texas; sons, Alfred of New Hampshire and Michael of Oakhurst; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, El Camino Mortuary, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego.
Services: 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.
Edition: 1,3
Page: B-5
Copyright (c) 2001 Union Tribune Publishing Co.

1st Lt USAAF WWII
ASN O-794542
34th BG, 7th B Sq
Pilot
-----
410th AAB Base Unit


He was the son of Alfred Constant and Marjorie Converse of Oakdale, Long Island, NY.

His first marriage was to Winifred Frasier in Tuscon, Arizona.
He married later to Jean Pauline 'Jeannie' Koester Russo.

He successfully bailed out of B-24E #42-7119, which crashed on a nighttime training mission due to mechanical failure over Weed, CA on 10 Jun 1943. He was later promoted to 1st LT.

The crew members were~

2nd LT Alfred J Demeusy, ASN O-794542, Pilot, from Oakdale NY, Bailed Out
FO George F Churchwell, Jr, ASN T-60915, CoPilot, from Leakesville MS, DNB
1st LT Douglas J Thornburg, ASN O-439091, Instructor Pilot, from Casa Grande AZ, Bailed Out
2nd LT George H Clarke, ASN O-798071, Navigator, from Cooperstown NY. DNB
2nd LT Charles L Wiest, ASN O-736742, Bombardier, from Baltimore MD, Bailed Out
SSGT Willet F Draker, ASN 35329411, Engineer, from Ft Wayne IN, DNB
SSGT William W Powell, Jr, ASN 18117310, Engineer, from Houston TX, DNB
SSGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Radio Operator, from Beulah ND, Bailed Out
SSGT Alonzia E Johnston, Jr, ASN 15323452, Gunner, from Canton OH, DNB
SSGT John F Kennedy, ASN 15333120, Gunner, from Peru IN, DNB

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24E #42-7119.

Lt Thornburg, along with his crew, died three weeks later on 06 Jul 1943 in B-24E #42-7160 while on a search and rescue mission for two airmen that bailed out over the Pacific in B-24E #42-7011 'The Eddie Rickenbacker' Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson's Crew. While on a combat mission over interior China to Bangkok, Thailand, this crew also bailed out of B-24J #42-72835 'Flamingo II' of the 308th BG, 373rd B Sq, although there were several different crew members on board that day. All bailed out safely, however, Pilot Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson reported that they 'were twenty-one days walking back to [their] base'.

The crash of B-24E #42-7160 and the site was more recently visited and documented by aviation archaeologist and wreckfinder G Pat Macha.

Sgt Alvin Dschaak was killed later in December 1943 in B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'; he and 8 others were KIA, there was one survivor, SSgt Robert Renner, who was captured and taken as a POW.

Lt Charles L Wiest and his crew was shot down over Germany on 8 April 1944 in B-24J #42-73506 'Black Jack'; Lt Wiest and 8 other crewman survived and became POWs, however the Pilot, Lt Guy Johnson was killed on the ground.

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Obituary courtesy of findagrave Contributor Jerry Huffman #46859530

ALFRED J. DEMEUSY: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - May 21, 2001
Deceased Name: ALFRED J. DEMEUSY
Sept. 18, 1918-May 18, 2001
Alfred J. Demeusy, 82, of Julian died Friday. He was born in New York and owned a food service company. Mr. Demeusy served in the Army (sic) during World War II.
Survivors include his daughters, Dianne O'Dowd of Aliso Viejo and Carol Groom of Texas; sons, Alfred of New Hampshire and Michael of Oakhurst; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, El Camino Mortuary, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego.
Services: 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.
Edition: 1,3
Page: B-5
Copyright (c) 2001 Union Tribune Publishing Co.


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