VC-27 "The Saints"

In Memoriam

Several men of VC-27 did not return.  These men gave their lives so that others might live in freedom.  They were:

VC-27(I) (Nov 1943 - Feb 1945)

  • Ens James T. Spivey, Windsor, NC (1944) [training] - crashed during training exercise in San Diego.

  • Lt Edwin J. Bain, USN, Jackson, MS (1 Sep 1944) [training] - crashed during training exercise in San Diego.

  • Ens Jack Bridges, USNR, Spartanburg, SC [training] - crashed during training exercise in San Diego.

  • Ens Ralph Abbott Mayhew, USNR, Heber, UT (24 Oct 1944) [#2] - Returning from a mission, after shooting down 2 or 3 Japanese aircraft, he did a victory slow roll beside the carrier and spun in.

  • Ens Sterling Paul Ross , USNR,  Ravenwood, MS (25 Oct 1944) [#3] - He failed to return from his mission and was listed as MIA.

  • Ens Charles William Snyder, USNR, Battle Creek, MI (29 Oct 1944) [#3] - His engine cut out shortly after take-off and he couldn't get out of the sinking plane.

  • Ens Fred Joseph Moelter, USNR, Terre Haute, IN  (16 Dec 1944) [#4] - He was apparently shot down while flying CAP, possibly from "friendly fire". He was seen to bail out but never found in the ensuing search and declared missing in action.

  • Lt Maurice Alfred Coleman, USN, Salisbury, NC (13 Jan 1945) [#5] - Spun in while on final approach to land on carrier.

  • AMM 2/c Joseph Prusakowski, USNR, South Amboy, NJ (13 Jan 1945) [#5] - Member of Coleman's crew.

  • ARM 2/c Anthony Thomas Seravalli, USNR, Philadelphia, PA (13 Jan 1945) [#5] - Member of Coleman's crew.

VC-27(II) (Mar - Sep 1945)

  • Ens Elmer R. Daffer (1945) [training]

  • Ens William R. Windsor (1945) [training] - He was flying an FM-2 on a practice dive bombing hop when his right wing came off and he crashed.