Back Row: D. Shell (Navigator from 359th); F. Fenney (RO); E. W. Riley (G); E. L. Mount (G); O. M. Ronning (G).
Front Row (L to R): C. J. Guardino (CP); C. H. Copping (P); L. R. Cirigliano (G); W. R. Bowen (E)

Front Row (L to R): Edward H. Riley (TG); Louis R. Cirigliano (NG). Standing (L to R): Orwald Ronning (BG); Grancis S. Feeney (RO); William Bowen (FE); Everett L. Mount (TTG)

  • COPPING, Clarence H., Pilot
  • GUARINO, Carlos , Co-Pilot
  • IGINSLY, Milton , Navigator
  • ASH, James C., Bombardier
  • BOWEN, William R, Ft/Eng
  • FEENEY, Francis X., Radio/Op
  • RILEY, Edward H., Tail Gunner
  • CIRIGLIANO, Louis R, Nose Gunner
  • RONNING, Orwald , Ball Gunner
  • MOUNT , Everett L., Gunner

719th Squadron

719logoDavid Councill was the original C.O. from July ‘43 to 8 December ’43 when he and his crew were lost during the movement overseas. Most of the 719th officer and NCO staff were among the 14 men lost aboard Councill’s aircraft. This placed the 719th in dire straits in January ’44. Arthur B. Swan took over as C.O. and began sorting things out in January ’44. He served as the C. O. until he received a serious combat wound on 23 April ‘44. Charles E. Harton from the 717th Squadron was selected to be the acting commander until Art Swan could reassume the position. When Swan was promoted to higher echelon, Harton continued as the acting C.O. until July ‘44. Harold R. Loughran, a lead crew pilot from the 717th became the 719th C.O. in July ‘44 and remained through September ’44. In September ‘44, William Allen became the C.O. and remained so until May ‘45.


A replacement ship transferred into the 449th on 12 February ’45 from 8th Air Force, 493rd Bomb Group. Flown to Gioia Depot on 29 April ’45 by Copping crew. “For Men Only” is the name of the magazine in the nose art.

Pictures of Old Sack/For Men Only


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