The Group Remembers on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, we remember the 55 Airmen on the 371st Fighter Group’s Roll of Honor, those who were lost in service during World War II, which includes six men still missing.  In alphabetical order by last name, and with available information, they are carried here for remembrance:

Allen, Macey E., Cpl., 404th Fighter Squadron, from Huntsville, Alabama. KBEA, March 29, 1945, in a fort near Metz, France. He is buried at the Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, at Plot G, 8366G.

Angst, Theodore R., 2nd Lt., 405FS, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. KIFA, April 18, 1945, near Darmstadt, Germany.

Bailey, John E., 2nd Lt., 404FS, from Whitefield, New Hampshire. KIA, July 30, 1944, over France. He is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, at Section 34, Site 1609. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Bales, William T., Jr., Capt., Group HQ, from Chattanooga, Tennessee. MIA, April 13, 1945, over Germany. Postwar determined dead, he is buried at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium, at Plot D, Row 8, Grave 6. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Banks, Glenn O., 1st Lt., 404FS, from Ponea, Oklahoma. KIA, July 17, 1944, near Quettou, France.

Bilstin, Leon, Capt., 405 and 406FS, from Los Angeles, California. KIA, September 28, 1944, while with the 378th Fighter Squadron of the 362nd Fighter Group. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Lorraine Military Cemetery, in St. Avold, France. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Booth, Robert A., 1st Lt., 405FS, from Oakville, Connecticut. KIA, October 27, 1944, on food drop mission to the “Lost Battalion” near St. Die, in P-47D 42-76477. He is buried at the Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, at Plot B, Row 12, Grave 23. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters.

Boyle, Charles J. Jr., Flight Officer, 404FS, Worchester, Massachusetts. KIA, February 27, 1945, near Metz, France. He is buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery, in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, at Plot E, Row 3, Grave 23. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Bridges, Doctor Samuel Boyce, Jr., 1st Lt., 406FS, from Henrietta, North Carolina. KIA, March 23, 1945, near Germersheim, Germany. He is buried at the Cliffside Cemetery, in Cliffside, North Carolina.

Bunting, Joseph A., 1st Lt., 405FS, from St. Petersburg, Florida. MIA, April 4, 1945, over Germany. His body found in 1949, he is buried in the St. Augustine National Cemetery, Saint Augustine, Florida.

Calish, Sumner J., 2nd Lt., 406FS, from Brighton, Massachusetts. KIA, August 24, 1944, over France.

Chandler, Fred T., Sgt., 404FS,from Slater, South Carolina. KBEA, March 29, 1945, in fort near Metz, France. He is buried at the Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, at Plot G, 8366G.

Clark, Bradley B., 2nd Lt., 406FS, from Mt. Vernon, New York. KIA, December 23, 1944, at Tantonville, France, on return from a combat mission. He is buried in the Epinal American Cemetery, at Epinal, France, at Plot B, Row 24, Grave 9. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

Daley, William J., Lt. Col., Group HQ, from Amarillo, Texas. KIFA September 9, 1944, in taxing accident at Coulommiers, France. He is buried at the Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, at Plot B, Row 25, Grave 65. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, and the British Distinguished Flying Cross.

Delaney, Sanders E., Lt. Col., 406FS, from Litchfield, Illinois. KIFA, June 5, 1945, in L-5 crash near Nuremburg, Germany. He is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, at Plot E, Row 13, Grave 14. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal.

Feit, Herbert E., PFC, 406FS, from New York, New York. Missing April 1, 1945, near Metz, France. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

Fisher, Walter K., Capt., 404FS, from Westerville, Ohio. MIA April 7, 1945, over Germany. Postwar determined dead, he is buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware, Ohio.

Fletcher, Charles R., 2nd Lt., 404FS, from Holton, Kansas. KIA, April 7, 1945, during engagement with enemy aircraft over Germany. He is buried at the Holton Cemetery, in Holton, Kansas, in Section K.

Franklin, Elkin L., Capt., 404FS, from St. Louis, Missouri. MIA, April 20, 1944, over Italy. Postwar Determined Dead. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at Section 1, Site 602.

Goodman, George M., S/Sgt, from Richmond, Virginia. Died in line of duty, August 24, 1944, near LaCambe, France. He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, at Plot I, Row 26, Grave 11.

Gorman, William, Flight Officer, 405FS, from Brooklyn, New York. MIA, August 7, 1944, over St. Nazaire, France. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, France. He was awarded the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters.

Gray, Rockford V., Maj., Group HQ, from Dallas, Texas. KIA, September 4, 1944, at St. Mere Eglise, France, while returning from a mission.

Harris, Christo G., 2nd Lt., 404FS, from Los Angeles, California. MIA, March 16, 1945, over Germany. He is buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery, in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, at Plot D Row 5 Grave 9. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Hayes, Edward J., Capt., 405FS, from Independence, Kentucky. KIA, November 1, 1944, over eastern France. He is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, in St. Avold, France, at Plot B, Row 17, Grave 54. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, and the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Hess, Charles E., 2nd Lt., 405FS, from Mt. Vernon, New York. MIA, December 22, 1944, over Germany. Not in ABMC database for burials or tablets of the missing.

Hohl, Harry W., Jr., Capt., 404FS, from New Brighton, Pennsylvania. KIA, January 2, 1945, over eastern France.

Holm, Wayne L., 2nd Lt., 405FS, from Portland, Oregon. MIA January 2, 1945, over Germany – Postwar Determined Dead. He is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, at Plot D, Row 7, Grave 14. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Humphreys, Edwin S. Jr., Flight Officer, 404FS, from Chicago, Illinois. MIA, June 8, 1944, over France – Postwar Determined Dead. Remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

Jorgenson, William, Jr., 2nd Lt., 405FS, from Waterloo, Iowa. KIA, August 25, 1944, near Troyes, France. He is buried at the Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, at Plot A, Row 28, Grave 61. He was awarded the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters.

Lamb, William R., Capt., 404FS, from Chateaugay, New York. KIFA, January 14, 1945, near Epinal, France. He is buried at the Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, at Plot B, Row 40, Grave 17. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Leach Ernest W., 1st Lt., 405FS, from Dennisport, Massachusetts. KIA, August 9, 1944, over France. He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, France, at Plot D, Row 17, Grave 9. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters.

Leonard, John W., Lt. Col., 405FS, from St. Petersburg, Florida. DOWRIA, January 5, 1945, over Germany. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery at Section 1, Site 304-C.

McWilliams, Jack T., 1st Lt., 405FS, from Somers, Montana. MIA, January 14, 1945, over Germany. Postwar Determined Dead. Found circa 1952. He is buried in the Veterans section of the Conrad Memorial Cemetery near Kalispell, Montana. He was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Mezzetti, Robert A., 2nd Lt., 405FS, from San Antonio, Texas. KIA, August 2, 1944, over France. He is buried at the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, France at Plot K, Row 9, Grave 9. He was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Motherway, John W., 2nd Lt., 406FS, from Springfield, Massachusetts. MIA, March 1, 1945, over Germany. Postwar determined dead, he is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium, at Plot B, Row 27, Grave 19. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mueller, William J., Capt., 404FS, from Robbinsdale, Minnesota. KIA, July 31, 1944, at Mortain, France.

Murphy, Chester M., Jr., 2nd Lt., from Landis, North Carolina. DOWNC, March 4, 1945, at Metz, France. He is buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery, in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, at Plot G, Row 6, Grave 1.

Murphy, John F., 2nd Lt., 404FS, from Bonita Springs, Florida. DOWNC, March 4, 1945, at Metz, France.

Nerney, Frederick W., 2nd Lt., 406FS, from Attleboro, Massachusetts. KIA, March 19, 1945, over Rhine Palatinate, Germany. He is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, at Plot A, Row 29, Grave 22. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Pieck, George D., Capt., 404FS, from Clarksdale, Mississippi. MIA, August 10, 1944, over France. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Pollingue, Alvin M., 2nd Lt, 405FS, from Vineland, New Jersey. KIA, July 17, 1944, while strafing a train in France. He is buried at the Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France, at Plot J, Row 6, Grave 15. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Rector, Gerry S., 2nd Lt., 405FS. MIA, April 4, 1945, over Germany. Postwar determined dead, he is buried at the Laredo City Cemetery, in Laredo, Texas, at BL-36 Section 3, Row 5, Space 5.
Salmi, Uno, Capt., 406FS, from Lake Charles, Louisiana. MIA, June 16, 1944, near St. Lo, France. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

Sample, Harry M., Jr., Capt., 404FS, from Houston, Texas. KIFA, October 29, 1944, one mile SE of Le Lox, France, while on local flight in P-47D 42-76366. He is buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, at Section N, Site 130.

Sanderson, Eugene E., 2nd Lt., 405FS. KIFA, April 12, 1944, while on an engineering test hop at Bisterne Airfield, England. He is buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England, at Plot F, Row 1, Grave 47.

Shepard, John H., 1st Lt., 406FS, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. KIA, June 18, 1944, near St. Saveur, France. He is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, at Plot E, Row 28, Grave 38. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

Sparks, Charles P., 1st Lt., 406FS, from Swayzee, Indiana. KIA, October 15, 1944, in engagement with enemy aircraft near Strasbourg, France. He is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, at Plot C, Row 14, Grave 32. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Spicer, Harold H., 1st Lt., 405FS, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. KIA, March 18, 1945, near Metz Airdrome, on return from mission over Germany. He is buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, at Plot H, Row 14, Grave 67. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Springer, George W., III, 2nd Lt., 406FS, from Seneca, Kansas. KIA, October 17, 1944, over Germany. He is buried in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Seneca, Kansas, at Section 1, Lot 151, Space 1.

Strahlendorf, Harry W., 1st Lt, 404FS, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. KIA, June 24, 1944, over Normandy. He is buried at the Greenmount Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, European Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Unruh, Victor L., 2nd Lt., 406FS, from Pawnee Rock, Kansas. MIA, June 21, 1944, while returning from escort mission to Berlin, Germany. Single source report indicates he survived shoot down but subsequently died of injuries.

Voss, John, Sgt, 406FS. KIGA, September 10, 1944, motor accident near St. Dizier, France. He is buried in the Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, at Plot A, Row 20, Grave 68.

Webster, Spencer A., T/Sgt, 406FS. KIGA, September 10, 1944, motor accident near St. Dizier, France. He is buried at the Long Island National Cemetery, in Farmingdale, New York, at Plot J, 16497.

Weller, John G., 2nd Lt., 406FS, from Chicago, Illinois. KIA, August 9, 1944, over France. He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, France, at Plot P, Row 1, Grave 17. He was awarded the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters.

Wieczorek, Henry, 1st Lt., 406FS, from Elyria, Ohio. KIA, January 22, 1945, in eastern France. He is buried in the Saint Mary Cemetery, in Elyria, Ohio.

Hand Salute!

And a P-47 fly by in honor of the fallen


DOWNC = Died Of Wounds, Non-Combat
DOWRIA = Died Of Wounds Received In Action
KIA = Killed In Action
KIFA = Killed In Flying Accident
KIGA = Killed In Ground Accident
MIA = Missing In Action
References

“The Story of the 371st Fighter Group in the E.T.O.,” Army & Navy Publishers, Baton Rouge, LA, 1946.

American Battle Monuments Commission Search Page, at: http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations

Arlington national Cemetery, Army Burials Listing, Alphabetical, A to L, at: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/usarmy1.htm

Find A Grave, Search Page at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs&

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