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Training photo of pilot Lt. Robert L. Mains' crew.
Standing, left to right: Sgt Charles H Daman, Sgt Charles E. Cupp Jr, Sgt Anthony C. Villari, T/Sgt Frank S. Merkovich, Sgt Antonio Munoz Jr, S/Sgt Harry J. Allen.
Kneeling left to right: Lt John Johnson, Lt Robert L. Mains, Lt John Hankin, Lt Allen L. Lake.

Courtesy of the family of Sergeant Charles H Daman.

Connections

Units

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Charles Cupp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13730 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Daman

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    Daman was killed in action (KIA) while flying B-24 Liberator #44-50838 on 4 April 1945. He was taking part in a mission to attack German bases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, when his aircraft encountered enemy fighters over Hamburg. ...

  • Allan Lake

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH

  • Robert Mains

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Mains was killed in action (KIA) while flying B-24 Liberator #44-50838 on 4 April 1945. He was taking part in a mission to attack German bases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, when his aircraft encountered enemy fighters over Hamburg. ...

  • Frank Merkovich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Antonio Munoz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Robert Mains crew. ETD Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Anthony Villari

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2020 17:29:14 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Updated crew details - Names were provided by Mr. Ed Chu / Mr. Charles E. Cupp to the Daman family. - Via ABMC FB page

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2018 16:30:04 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Photo courtesy of the family of Charles H Daman via David Foster: https://www.flickr.com/photos/21734563@N04/3115709821/in/album-72157611545727574/

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