Standing: Ray Wade (B); Ray Woltkamp (P); Leo Valder (CP); James Hambley (N). Front Row (L to R): Richard Krumski (TG); Thomas Rich (WG); James Bunnel (WG); Paul Wiley (RO); Nahman (FE). *Missing from picture is Garcia (BG)

  • WOLTKAMP, Raymond B., Pilot – KIA 1/16/44 Woltkamp
  • VALDER, Leo F., Co-Pilot – KIA – 1/16/44 Woltkamp
  • HAMBLEY, James Y., Navigator – POW – 1/16/44, Woltkamp
  • WADE, Raymond W., Bombardier – POW – 1/16/44, Woltkamp
  • NAHMAN, Sam , F/E – POW – 1/16/44, Woltkamp
  • WILEY, Wilson H., Nose Turret – POW – 1/16/44, Woltkamp
  • GARCIA, Benny D, Ball Turret – POW – 1/16/44, Woltkamp
  • BUNNELL, James H.,Jr, Tail Gunner – KIA – 1/16/44 Woltkamp
  • RICH, Thomas W., Rt Waist – KIA – 1/16/44 Woltkamp
  • KRUMSKI, Edward J, Lt Waist – KIA 1/16/44 Woltkamp
  • FRENCH, Emmanuel P., ??? Never flew mission with Woltkamp

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.


An original cadre ship acquired 28 October ’43 and assigned to Woltkamp crew who flew her overseas in December ’43. The ship was named for the crew bombardier’s wife, Mrs. Raymond Wade. “Juanita” was downed by fighters on 16 January ’44 over Trieste, Yugoslavia with Woltkamp crew aboard. Believed to be the first 449th aircraft downed by enemy fighters. 5 KIA and 5  POW. MACR 2325.

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