• WESTBROOK, Hubert M, Pilot – KIA 09 July 44 Westbrook
  • BORNSTEIN, Seymour, Co-Pilot – KIA 09 July 44 Westbrook
  • MARALDO, Walter J, Navigator – KIA 09 July 44 Westbrook
  • TYRELL, Thomas J, Bombadier – KIA 09 July 44 Westbrook
  • ROSEN, Clemens L., Tail Gunner – POW 26 Aug 44 Rye/Murphy
  • ELMORE, Bruce, Top Turret – KIA 09 July 44 Westbrook

716th Squadron

716logoJohn A. Silverstein (changed his name after the war to John (Jack) Steele) was C.O. from June ‘43 to July ’44. He was followed by Charles E. Harton from July ‘44 to November ’44. Harton had served as the acting C.O. for the 719th squadron while Swan was in the hospital recovering from wounds during May ‘44 to July ‘44. Lloyd M. Bentsen (who became a U.S. Senator from Texas, U. S. Treasurer after the war, and U.S. Vice Presidential Candidate) was the C.O. from November ‘44 until February ’45. Robert Johnson took over from mid-‘45 to V.E. Day in May ’45.


First 449th mission 14 Jun 44. Crashed near base out of fuel from combat damage on return from Ploesti on 9 July 44 with Westbrook crew aboard. 5 KIA 5 RTD. No MACR.

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