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DeMatio crew

 

Mission List

 

CREW #18-C

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 42-94889 B/O DeMatio Patches

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 42-94893 D/E 18BS DeMatio Hellís Belle MIA

 

Mission and Crew Details

 

CREW #18-C

 

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 42-94889 B/O DeMatio Patches

Took off at 0546 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in Composite Squadron, with six 490BG planes.

Carried 52 100 lb Fragmentation bombs. Dropped on Primary at 0839 hours from 16,800 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 1043 hours.

DeMatio (P)

Simpson (Command Pilot)††††††††††††††††† Capt.

Ray (CP)

Morehouse (N)

Vachon (B)

Asti (R)

Tankersley (E)

Moorehead (G)

McCarthy (G)

Lashco (G)

Williams (G)

 

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 42-94893 D/E 18BS DeMatio Hellís Belle MIA

Took off at 0602 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron, but probably shifted due to abortions.

Carried 12 500 lb GP lb bombs. Collided prior to target near the IP.

Lost to collision with Little at IP at 0928 hours, 22,000 feet. (See below)

DeMatio (P)

Ray (CP)

Morehouse (N)

Vachon (B)

Asti (R)

Tankersley (E)

Schullman (BT)

McCarthy (TG)

Moorehead (NG)

Williams (WG)

 

B-24H 42-94893 D/E Hellís Belle Missing in Action mid-air collision with 42-51190 Ann. With 18BS. Pilot: Damatio. Missing Air Crew Report # 7419. 10 Killed in Action.

KIA DeMATIO DONALD H (P)                     2 LT            18        O-700439        WEST BRANCH MI

KIA RAY LEONARD S (CP)                              2 LT            18        O-763316        CO

KIA MOREHOUSE GARFIELD R (N)              2 LT            18        O-712883        SAVANNAH GA

KIA VACHON WALTER A (B)                        2 LT            18        O-716999        STRATFORD CT

KIA TANKERSLEY CECIL A (E/TT)               S/SGT         18        35654687        CHARLESTON WV

KIA ASTI CARL O (R)                                       S/SGT         18        31291508        WOONSOCKET RI

KIA SCHULMAN JESSE J (BT)                        SGT            18        32219436        STATEN ISLAND NY

KIA WILLIAMS HAROLD G (WG)                 SGT            18        38507579        GREENBRIAR AR

KIA McCARTHY JOHN J JR (TG)                    SGT            18        33683319        MEADVILLE PA

KIA MOOREHEAD HARVEY N (NG)              SGT            18        39708928        LOS ANGLES CA