Standing (L to R): Richard Garrison (P); Slvin Goldberg (N); James Small (CP); Edward Draminski (B). Kneeling (L to R): Robert Mannan (WG); Raymond Richardson (TG); Antonio La Pierra (BG); David Grey (G); Lawrence Green (WG); James Post (TTG).

  • GARRISON, Richard, Pilot – KIA 4 April 1944 Garrison
  • SMALL, James, Co-Pilot
  • GOLDBERG, Alvin M, Navigator – KIA 4 April 1944 Garrison
  • DRAMINSKI, Edward R, Bombardier – POW 4 April 1944 Garrison
  • GREENE, Lawrence I., Flt. Eng , Waist Gunner – POW 4 April 1944 Garrison
  • MAMMEN, Robert, Radio/Op
  • POST, James E., Turret Gunner – KIA 4 April 1944 Garrison
  • RICHARDSON, Raymond R, Tail Gunner – KIA 4 April 1944 Garrison
  • GREY, David M., Tail Gunner
  • LaPIERRA, Antonio (NMI), Ball Gunner – KIA 4 April 1944 Garrison

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.

Paper Doll

Paper Doll Paper Doll

An original ship acquired 15 October ’43 and assigned to Garrison’s crew who flew her overseas in December ’43. “Paper Doll” went down on 4-4-44 with her originally assigned crew on the first Presidential Unit Citation mission against the Bucharest marshalling yard. 7 KIA 3 POW. MACR 3703.

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