• THRAILKILL, Edwin M., Pilot KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • MILLER, Ewing H., Co-Pilot POW 7 45 Thrailkill
  • HOLOHAN, John E, Navigator KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • ANTONAKOS, George C., Bombardier KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • CARCHIA, Joseph, Flt./Eng KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • WEINSTEIN, Chester, Rt Waist, Radio/OP KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • MAIEWSKI, Paul E, Ball Gunner KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • CHERNAK, Jr, Paul P, Lt Waist KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • BROGGER, James D., Nose Gunner KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill
  • HAYSLETT, Harry, Tail Gunner KIA 7 Feb 45 Thrailkill

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.


This ship was downed by a direct flak burst in the bombbay with Thrailkill’s crew aboard on 7 February ’45. The only survivor was the copilot E. Miller who was blown out by the explosion. The target on that day was the oil refinery at Moosbierbaum, Germany10 KIA 1 POW. MACR 12072.

Pictures of Sleepy Time Gal [#2]




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