Front Row (L to R): Mallory (B); Neipling (N); Sylvester (CP); Rude (P). Back Row (L to R): Anderson; Elsea (BG); Foushee; Cook; Esparza; Ocskowski

  • RUDE, Ralph A, Pilot
  • SYLVESTER, Arthur S., Co-Pilot
  • MALLORY, Galon H., Bombardier
  • NEIPLING, Joseph E., Navigator
  • FOUSHEE, Earl G, Flt/Eng, Top Turett
  • COOK, William J, Radio/Op
  • ESPARZA, SR, Joseph I., Top Gunner
  • OCZKOWSKI, Walter J, Tail Gunner
  • ELSEA, Henry O, Ball
  • ANDERSON, Jesse D, Nose Gunner – POW 13 Oct 44 Mealey

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.


Flown overseas by Rude’s crew from Topeka, KS, arriving in 449th on 12 April ’44. Sent to Gioia Depot in the Fall of ’44.

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