Flight 19 Avenger Squadron Crew and Home Towns - Unfortunately, we don't have an image of Walter R. Parpart RMC3c, USNR. The Radioman for FT-28 -Burt Edward Baluk, Jr.
S1c, USNR from Bloomfield, NJ - Radioman on FT-3. He was 19 yrs old.Ensign Joseph Tipton Bossi
USNR from Arkansas City, KS - Attended University of Kansas. He was on FT-3. He was 20 yrs old.
He passed up a discharge so that he could stay in the Navy. He had 373.4 hours of flight time, 65.9 on Avengers alone.George F. Devlin
AOM3c, USNR from Brooklyn, NY - Gunner of FT-28
Enlisted under the alias Robert F. Harmon because he was underage (at 15 yrs old).
He was in the process of having that changed. He was 17 yrs old.Robert F. Gallivan
Sgt.,USMC from Northampton, MA. He was on FT-1172nd Lt. Forrest J. Gerber
USMCR from New Ulm, MN - He had received his gold wings 4 months earlier. He was 24 yrs old.
He was on FT-81.Robert P. Gruebel
Pvt, USMCR from Long Island, NY. He was on FT-117.William Earl Lightfoot
Pfc., USMCR training from Lexington, IL. He was on FT-81
Born in Clayton, Union County, New Mexico. He was 19 yrs old.George R. Paonessa
Sgt., USMC from Mamaroneck, NY. Radioman on FT-36
Paonessa's family would receive a telegram days later reading
"You have been misinformed about me. Am very much alive."
Signed with his nickname (reportedly a hoax). He was 27 yrs old.Walter R. Parpart
RMC3c, USNR from Brooklyn, NY - Radioman of FT-28Capt. Edward J. Powers
USMC from Mount Vernon, NY - Graduate of Princeton. 26 yrs old.
He was on FT-36. Though a NASFL student, he was the senior officer of the flight.
He was the only married man aboard and the only father.
Two months prior, Powers had lost a crewman: he was flying out of NAS Miami in a TBM Avenger
with gunner Michael Belvito. When he got back to the base he found that the man was missing.
The gunner's door and parachute were gone.
A search and rescue was launched but nobody found anything.
The cause of the gunner's disappearance is still unknown.Capt. George William Stivers, Jr.
USMC from Piedmont, MS - Graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
He was cited for gallantry in the South Pacific, Guadalcanal in 1942 and Tarawa in 1943.
He was General J.C. Smith's Aide de Camp and in 1944 he became an air cadet.
That same year he received his wings from the Corpus Christi NAS.
He had 374.7 flight hours, 579 in Avengers. He was on FT-117. He was 25 yrs old.Lt. Charles C. Taylor
Flight Instructor at NASFL - He was 27 yrs old. Was on FT-28
USNR training from Corpus Christi, TX - Graduate of Texas A&M University
Became a flight instructor in 1942. In 1943 he flew with the Scouting Squadron 62 until November 1943
when he became a torpedo plane pilot with Squadron 7.
From April 1944 to December 1944 he was aboard the USS Hancock
as part of Task Force 38. Also part of Acorn 36, NAS Miami Opa Locka and Squadron 79.
In November 21, 1945, he was transferred to Fort Lauderdale. He had 2,509.3 flight hours, 616 in Avengers.Herman A. Thelander
S1c, USNR from Kimbrae, MN - Gunner on FT-3. He was 19 yrs old.Howell Orrin Thompson
Sgt., USMC from Chicago, IL - Gunner on FT-36To read more about
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