401st Ground Crew
This is the HONOR ROLL of the ground personnel of the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, Bassingbourn, England, September 1942 to June 1945
Contributed by Jack Gaffney
Adjutants: Captain William Smart
and Captain John Parsons
First Sergeant: John Irak
Engineering officer: Captain Harold
Line Chief: William Butler
Flight Chiefs: Pat Amber and
Inspectors: Alexander Frew and John
Original Crew Chiefs: Henry (Hank)
Cordes, Lester Culp, Robert Dalton, Zonil (Jerry) Docis, Arthur Hele, Alton McDaniel, Bert
(B. J.) Pierce, Clifford (C.O.) Pierce, Lester (L.C.) Pierce, and Edward Pinkowski
Assistant Crew/Chiefs Promoted to Chiefs:
George Camp, Roy Fratz, Jack Gaffney, Al Peters, Matt Pettera, James Patton, Wilbur Renz,
Other Asst. Crew/Chiefs: Burton
Blow, James Frost, Charles Karas, Harry Smith, Charles Zentz, George Popowitz and Boyd
Mechanics: Russell Bollinger,
Haskell Barnes, James Brown, Whitt Breed, Nicholas Bankowsky, Harold Bendickson, Charles
D. Booth, Frank Brines, Alton Brown, Rufus Clement, Gilbert Cloyd, Dennis Cross, Ben
Dickens, Vernon Dion, Phil Dorn, T. T. Douglas, James Dunbar, Aulden Dunn, Milo Eagle,
George Elliot, Delbert Gibson, Clayton Harpold, Albert Hanzel, John Hassler, Louis Hanson,
Norman Hanson, Raymond Henley, Horace (Shorty) Hutchinson, James Hopkins, Harry Hovermill,
Rex Jacobs, William Jones, Horace Knight, Kalmon Kormandy, Virgil Mott, Aubin Pene, George
Rentz, Louis Rogers, Mike Suciu, Raymond Sumpter, Walter Ward, and Earl McCullough
Welders: Joe Samson and Tommy Sharp
Refueling: Vernon Jorgenson, John
C. Smith, Maurice Hoveland and Earl or William Weller.
Armament: Captain Phillip Garris,
Crew/Chief T. T. Simmons
Armorers: Fred Barrington, Burdette Cox, Sgt. Robert Edward Foster, Earl Johnson, Hank Loomis, Birch Watson, Albert C. Yates, William Carroll Piper, and Carden?
Turret Mechanics: Billie Bishop,
James Branch, Leland Chandler, R. B. Cowan, Fred Cravello, William Rouse and Clifford
Ordnance: Lt. Raymond Johnson, Leon
Beaudreau, Giles Boatman, Marvin Caiazzo, Bergen Dalley, Abel Gonzales, Hampton Harmon,
Ernest Jeter, Joseph Law, Anthony Lombardo, Leo Matras, Walter Miller, John W. Monette,
William McConnell, Clarence Patterson, Richard Sando, Stanley Waslaski and Hyman Weingert.
HFDF* Operators: John Blackowiak,
Martin Belovin Joe LaCascia, James Daley, Salvadore D'Autorio, Jesse Stallings, James
Sullivan, Fred Vicaro. *High Frequency Directional Finding.
Metal: Crew/Chief Faber Cripps,
Glenn Boyce, Durwood Cox, Urban Cole, Robert Funk and Alvin Williamson.
Radar Shop: James Lomasney, James
R. Dempsey, Richard H. Klamm and Dominic J. Vitale
Tech Supply: Ernest V. Pry, Leonard
Wamsley, Harmon Shearer and Edwin L. Miller
Oxygen: Charles Phillips and
Cleat TrackMan: Crystobal V. Baca
Bomb Sights: Robert (Red) Atterbury
Caretaker Pilots House: Lumir
Other Names Recalled But Need to Know Where
They Worked: Roman Borowski, Thomas B. Cottrell, Isadore Feinstein, Donald Godoy,
Charles Guignon, William Gottshalk, Harry Hollingsworth, Walter Kolanko, Noah Kirk, Reino
Latve, Albert Marco, Harold Mattox, Charles Mooneyham, Lowell Perkins, Alex Philen, J. D.
Pitts, Warren Thornburg, Clayton Romine and Hubert Carrington.
Thanks to those who assisted Jack Gaffney in
compiling this list: Martin Belovin, Fred Cravello, Faber Cripps, Roy Fratz and James
Lomasney's son, David Lomasney. Each man on this list and the others we have not recalled
should not be forgotten for their individual efforts they made to contribute to the
efficiency and great record of the 401st.