VC-27 "The Saints"

Roster of VC-27(I)


The men of VC-27.

FM-2 PILOTS (33)


Lt(jg) Robert C. Ashcraft
Louisville, Kentucky
ASS'T ENGINEERING OFFICER

*

"Ash"
"So I says to the Admiral....."


Lt(jg) Frederick W. Barnett
Weatherford, Texas
ASS'T COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

*

"Barney"
"Corpus Christi ain't Texas."


Ens Paul J. Barrow
Toledo, Ohio
 

*

"Little Beaver"
"Dammit, I don't see why."


Ens Robert H. Cockle
Hope, North Dakota
 

*

"Bob"
"Do I hafta get a haircut right now, John?"


Lt(jg) George H. Davidson
Lake Como, Florida
ASS'T OPERATIONS OFFICER

*

"Dave"
"Now, Commander, about those 600 landings"


Ens R. H. Dorman
Dixiana, Alabama
ASS'T ENGINEERING OFFICER

*

"Laughing Boy"
"I can't help it if I'm always happy."


Lt Ralph E. Elliott
Hoopeston, Illinois
OPERATIONS OFFICER

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"Ralph"
"Captain, there's just one thing I'd like to bring up."


Ens Thomas S. Mackie
Lawrence, Kansas
ASS'T NAVIGATION OFFICER

*

"Rock"
"Can Jim's division use all recognition lights?"


Ens James J. Manfrin
Clarendon Hills, Illinois
 

*

"Jay Jay"
"Yes, Ralph..."..


Lt(jg) Donald A. McPherson
Montesand, Washington
BUILDING AND GROUNDS OFFICER

*

"Mac"
"Well, she's only eighteen."


Lt(jg) Joseph J. Miller
New York City
 

*

"Joe"
"Where did you guys rendezvous this morning?"


Lt Roger J. Mulcahy
Chicago, Illinois
Material Officer

*

"Rog"
"Know him?  Why I shaved his father."


Lt James L. Naftzgar
Wilder, Idaho
Fighter Flight Officer

*

"Nasty"
"Now the way we done it aboard ship."


Ens Robert E. Pfeifer
Rochester, Pennsylvania
ASS'T MATERIAL OFFICER

*

"Fife"
"Now look here, Andrew."


Ens William S. Pinson
Greenwood, South Carolina
LOG OFFICER

*

"Pins"
"Boy, if my Grandaddy could see me now."


Lt(jg) Andrew T. Price
Winnetka, Illinois
ASS'T MATERIAL OFFICER

*

"Andy"
"They looked just like FM's 'till I joined up."


Ens Hallie F. Roberts
Hammond, Indiana
 

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"Hal"
"Yeah, my watch is waterproof." (Splash)


Lt John T. Ross
Lackawanna, New York
Gunnery Officer

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"Chick"
"John, I says, this is no place for you."


Ens Edward J. Schalk
Syracuse, New York
ASS'T MATERIAL OFFICER

*

"Red"
"So I said, 'That's my coconut - sir'."


Lt(jg) Robert C. Shape
Dayton, Ohio
 

*

"Drape"
"You'd be surprised how much you learn about planes working on them like this."


Lt(jg) Benjamin T. Smith
Rockingham, North Carolina
ASS'T GUNNERY OFFICER

*

"Smitty"
"If it hadn't been for South Carolina, we'd won the War."


Lt(jg) Wilton O. Stubbs
Buda, Texas
WAR BOND OFFICER

*

"Stubby"
"Boogie at 1 o'clock up, 10 1/2 miles, angels 6.3."


Lt(jg) August F. Uthoff
Webster Grove, Missouri
ASS'T PHOTOGRAPHIC OFFICER

*

"Augie"
"You don't get what I mean."


Lt(jg) Charles M. Vehorn
Indianapolis, Indiana
ASS'T WELFARE OFFICER

*

"Chuck"
"I have scarcely been in the sack all day."


Ens Frederick L. Vocke
Downers Grove, Illinois
 

*

"Fritz"
"Well, it's not exactly a tavern."

   

Ashcraft, Robert C., Lt(jg) - Assistant Photo Officer
Bain, Edwin J., Lt [KIA]
Barnett, Frederick W., Lt(jg) - Assistant communications Officer
Barrow, Paul J., Ens*
Bridges, Jack, Ens [KIA]
Cockle, Robert H. "Bob", Ens*
Davidson, George Howard, Lt(jg) - Assistant operations Officer
Dorman, R. H., Ens - Assistant Engineering Officer
Elliott, Ralph Earle Jr., Lt. - FM-2 Division Leader
Leighty, Frank M. "Mo", Lt(jg) [not pictured]
Mackie, Thomas Sterling, Ens - Assistant Navigation Officer
Manfrin, James J. "Jim", Ens*
Mayhew, Ralph Abbott., Ens [KIA]
McPherson, Donald A., Lt(jg) - Buildings and Grounds Officer
Miller, Joseph J. "Joe", Lt(jg)*
Moelter, Fred Joseph, Ens [KIA]
Mulcahy, Roger J., Lt  - Material Officer
Naftzger, James L. "Jim", Lt
Pfeifer, Robert Edward "Bob" Ens* - Assistant Materials Officer
Pinson, William S., Ens
Price, Andrew T., Lt(jg) - Assistant Materials Officer
Roberts, Hallie F. "Hal", Ens*
Ross, John T., Lt - Gunnery officer
Ross, Sterling Paul, Ens [KIA]
Schalk, Edward J. "Red", Ens* - Assistant Materials Officer [joined Nov 16]
Shape, Robert C. "Bob", Lt(jg)* [joined Nov 10]
Smith, Benjamin T. "Ben", Lt(jg)* - Assistant Gunnery Officer
Snyder, Charles William, Ens [KIA]
Spivey, James T., Ens [KIA]
Stubbs, Wilton Odell, Lt(jg) - War Bond Officer (wingman to Ashcraft)
Uthoff, August F., Lt(jg) - Assistant Parachute Officer
Vehorn, Charles Melvinpu, Lt(jg) - Assistant Welfare Officer
Vocke, Frederick L. "Fred", Ens* [joined Nov 16]

* Member of the "Rover Boys" who joined VC-27 in early November.

TBM PILOTS (18)


Ens Carroll E. Aldrich
Portland, Oregon
ASS'T PHOTO OFFICER

*

"Henry"
"It is easier with your eyes open."


Lt Soule T. Bitting
Grand Haven, Michigan
Torpedo Flight Officer

*

"Bitts"
"We have a little club like this back in Ohio"


Lt(jg) Samuel H. Blackwell
Columbus, Georgia
ATHLETIC OFFICER

*

"Blackie"
"It'll be something to have the first boy in the squadron."


Lt(jg) Albert R. Douglas
Washington, DC
NAVIGATION OFFICER

*

"Doug"
"I would like to ask one question"


Lt L. D. Egan
Lowell, Massachusetts
 

*

"Larry"
"Have you ever been in Sloppy Joe's in Hongkong?"


Ens Harold B. Harms
Alton, Illinois
PARACHUTE OFFICER

*

"Smiley"
"I'm thoroughly disgusted."


Lt Goly R. Henry
Darling, Mississippi
Executive Officer

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"Goly"
"Horizontal, but a goin' Jessie!"


Ens Charles W. Iverson
Capron, Illinois
ASS'T PARACHUTE OFFICER

*

"Ive"
"I have only one objection-"


Lt Cmdr Percival W. Jackson
Poughkeepsie, New York
COMMANDING OFFICER

*


Lt(jg) Bertram L. Lewis
Rochester, New York
PHOTOGRAPHIC OFFICER

*

"Bert"
"What time we leaving for Palm Springs tonight, Doug?"


Lt(jg) Laurence E. MacFawn
East Weymouth, Mass
ENGINEERING OFFICER

*

"Mac"
"Now in the old Navy-"


Ens Richard W. Mansfield
Miami, Florida
ASS'T EDUCATION OFFICER

*

"Manse"
"I believe the L.S.O. - most of the time."


Lt(jg) R. N. Miller
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
 

*

"Jose"
"Do you want my autograph?"


Lt(jg) Claude C. Nathan
Paris, Texas
Communications Officer

*

"Nate"
"Does everyone have his shackle?"


Lt(jg) William R. Peden
Westfield, New Jersey
EDUCATION OFFICER

*

"Willie"
"You can't buck City Hall."


Lt Robert H. Wand
Woodbridge, New Jersey
WELFARE OFFICER

*

"Bobby"
"The first thing I'm going to do when we hit the states is . . ."


Lt(jg) John M. Yeaman
Weston, Missouri
Ass't Gunnery Officer

*

"Spec"
"When I was down on the Canal"

   

Aldrich, Carroll E., Ens - Assistant Photo Officer
Bitting, Soule Tryon, Lt - Torpedo Flight Officer (TBM Squad Leader)
Blackwell, Samuel Hoyte "Sam", Lt(jg) (Bitting Squad)*
Coleman, Maurice A., Lt [KIA]
Douglas, Albert R., Lt(jg) - Navigation Officer
Egan, L. D., Lt(jg)
Harms, Harold B., Ens - Parachute Officer
Henry, Goly R., Lt  - TBM Division Leader
Iverson, Charles W., Ens - Assistant Parachute Officer
Jackson, Percival W., Lt Cmdr - Captain of VC-27(I)
Lewis, Bertram L. "Bert", Lt(jg) - Photographic Officer
MacFawn, Laurence E., Lt(jg) - Engineering Officer
Mansfield, Richard W., Ens - Assistant Education Officer
Miller, R. N., Lt(jg)
Nathan, Claude Clarence, Lt(jg) - Communications Officer
Peden, William R. "Bill", Lt(jg) - Education Officer
Wand, Robert H. "Bobbie", Lt(jg) - Welfare Officer
Yeaman, John Mark, Lt(jg) - Communications Officer

* TBM pilots were assigned to "squads" of four planes.  Each squad had a squad leader.  These are noted where known.

TBM GUNNERS (20)


Left to right, front row: H. C. Larsen, AOM 2/c; Russell H. Ripley, AOM 2/c; D. H. Simons, AOM 3/c; Lloyd J. LeBlanc, AOM 1/c; Floyd G. Norman, AMM 2/c; R. F. Phillips, AOM 2/c; Wilfred J. Luecht, AOM 2/c; G. A. Lewis, AOM 2/c.
Back row: L. C. Weimer, AOM 1/c; W. W. Perkins, AOM 3/c; R. L. Morrison, AOM 2/c; Toby A. Turpen, AOM 1/c; Noel J. Bussey, AMM 2/c; C. Jacobsen, AOM 1/c; D. M. Sawyer, AMM 3/c; Harold E. Roache, AMM 2/c; Jack E. Scholl, AMM 2/c.

Gunners (Alphabetical Listing)

Bosworth, Collis AOM 3/c [not pictured]
Bussey, Noel J., AMM 2/c (Nathan crew)
Jacobsen, C. P., AOM 1/c
Larsen, Henry C., AOM 2/c (Blackwell crew)
LeBlanc, Lloyd J., AOM 1/c (Jackson crew)
Lewis, G. A., AOM 2/c
Luecht, Wilfred J., AOM 2/c (Wand crew)
Morrison, R. L., AOM 2/c
Norman, Floyd G. "Dude", AMM 2/c (Peden crew)
Perkins, W. W., AOM 3/c
Phillips, R. F., AOM 2/c
Prusakowski, Joseph AMC 2/c (Coleman crew) [KIA]
Ripley, Russell H., AOM 2/c (Harms crew)
Roache, Harold E., AMM 2/c
Sawyer, D. M., AMM 3/c
Scholl, Jack E., AMM 2/c
Seravalli, Anthony AMC 2/c [not pictured]
Simons, D. H., AOM 3/c
Turpen, Toby A., AOM 1/c (Henry crew)
Weimer, L. C., AOM 1/c (Yeaman crew)

TBM RADIOMEN/GUNNERS (22)


Left to right, front row: R. J. McCray, ARM 3/c; Worley C. Spain, ARM 3/c; A. A. Wilson, ARM 1/c; R. Snider, ACRM; Jimmie W. Dunn, ARM 1/c, Francis E. Daly, ARM 2/3; G. H. Turner, ARM, 3/c; R. D. Heiling, ARM 3/c.
Back row: Roy G. Eshelman, ARM 3/c; S. C. Jones, ARM 2/c; Wesley W. Hill, ARM 2/c; William Patrick Simmons, ARM 3/c; R. E. Dobyns, ARM 1/c; Philip J. Yoder, ARM 3/c; Lionel Arceneaux, ARM 2/c; Harry R. Johnson, ARM 3/c; G. W. Blessinger, ARM 3/c; C. S. Hogan, ARM 3/c.

Radiomen/Gunners (Alphabetical Listing)

Arceneaux, Lionel, ARM 2/c (Lewis crew)
Blessinger, G. W., ARM 3/c
Daly, Francis E., ARM 2/c (MacFawn crew)
Deadrick, William, ARM 2/c (Korum crew) [not pictured]
Dobyns, R. E., ARM 1/c (Henry crew)
Dunn,  James W. "Jimmie", ARM 1/c (Harms crew)
Eshelman, Roy G., ARM 3/c
Heiling, R. D., ARM 3/c
Hill, Wesley W., ARM 2/c (Bitting crew)
Hogan, C. S., ARM 3/c (Yeaman crew)
Johnson, Harry R., ARM 3/c (Blackwell crew)
Jones, S. C., Jr., ARM 2/c
McCray, R. J., ARM 3/c
Servalli, Anthony T., ARM 3/c - (Coleman crew) [KIA]
Simmons, William Patrick, ARM 3/c
Snider R. H., ACRM (Jackson crew)
Spain, Worley C., ARM 3/c
Turner, G. H., ARM, 3/c
Yoder, Philip J., ARM 3/c (Douglas crew)
Wilson, A. A., ARM 1/c
Ziman, Stephen, ARM 3/c (Peden crew) [not pictured]

GROUND CREW


Left to right: Nickolas E. Spies, ACMM; J. J. Trenka, AEM 1/c; J. T. Jackson, AMM 1/c; W. J. Pickett, PR 1/c; P. C. Warner, Y 2/c; G. A. Dalton, AMM 1/c; W. S. Sinkiewicz, AMM 1/c, P. H. Walker, ART 1/c; William A. Moye, ACOM.

Ground Crew (Alphabetical Listing)

Baldwin, Bill, Y 2/c (not pictured)
Dalton, G. A., AMM 1/c, Aircraft mechanic
Garofalo, Bill, Y 2/c (not pictured)
Geiske, ___, AOM 1/c V-4 Ordnance mate (not pictured)
Harlan, ___, Y 2/c (not pictured)
Hawk, Carl L., ACMM, V-2 Hangar deck Chief Squadron/Ship Cartoonist (not pictured)
Hylton, Olds, SMC 3/c, Instrument specialist (not pictured)
Jackson, J. T., AMM 1/c, Aircraft mechanic
Lindsey, James H., Y 2/c (not pictured)
Moye, William A., ACOM, Ground crew chief
Pickett, W. J. PR 1/c, V-2 Parachute rigger
Sinkiewicz, W. S., AMM 1/c, Aircraft mechanic
Spies, Nickolas E., ACMM, Flight deck chief
Trenka, J. J., AEM 1/c, Aviation electrician
Walker, P. H., ART 1/c, Aviation radio tech
Warner, P. C., Y 2/c

Most of the initial members of the Ground Crew were later assigned to the U.S.S. Savo Island.

SUPPORT STAFF


Lt(jg) Mason A. Butcher
Lincoln, Nebraska
RADAR OFFICER

*

"Butch"
"I'm sure it was O.K. when he took off, Commander."


Lt(jg) William L. Diffee
Proctor, Arkansas
LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER

*

"Banzai"
"Well, fellows, you're flying the planes, all I can do is throw you some signals."


Lt(jg) Forrest F. Glasgow
Nashville, Tennessee
V-4 ORDNANCE OFFICER

*

"Glas"
"I'll load 'em, you drop 'em, and we'll all go home."


Lt Gwilyn B. Lewis
Berkeley, California
SQUADRON FLIGHT SURGEON

*

"El Mad Medico"
"Well, I'll need four volunteers."


Lt(jg) Edward E. Ludeman
Waukesha, Wisconsin
ASS'T LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER

*

"Plexiglass"
"Cut him high and fast, Dif, I'm running low."


Lt August C. Miller, Jr.
Taunton, Massachusetts
AIR COMBAT INTEL OFFICER

*

"Peliliu Gus"
"This is it men.  Are pilots ready?"


Lt(jg) Robert A. Pope
Detroit, Michigan
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

*

"Pius"
"See Warner, he'll fix you up."


Ens D. Dilbert Dog
NAAS Brown Field, California
MASCOT

*

"Dilbert"
"My kingdom for a tree."

Brunsell, [Alan W.?], Ens - V-2 Hangar deck Officer [not pictured]
Butcher, Mason A., Lt(jg) - Radar Officer
Diffee, William L., Lt(jg) - Landing Signal Officer
Glasgow, Forrest F., Lt(jg) - V-4 Ordnance Officer
Lewis, Gwilyn B., Lt - Flight Surgeon
Ludeman, Edward E. "Ed", Lt(jg) - Ass't Landing Signal Officer
Miller, August C., Jr., Lt - Air combat Intel 0fficer
Pope, Robert A., Lt(jg) - Administrative Officer

OTHER VC-27 ENLISTED PERSONNEL

Plane Captains

Hull, Don, AMM 1c, Jackson's plane captain
Johnson, Carlton, AMM 2c, MacFawn's plane captain

Plane Director

Cario, Adolph, AMM 1/c, V-2 Plane director

Flight Deck

Rado, Dan AMM 2/c, V-2 Flight deck director
Renner, William AMM 2/c, V-2 Flight deck mechanic

LSO

Gaylord, Arthur S 1/c, AMM, Ass't LSO

Plane Handler

Baughman, Jerry, SK 3/c , V-1 plane handler
Bailey, Cliff, SMC 3/c, V-1 plane handler
Carroll, Richard "Rich", S 1/c, V-1 plane handler

Parachute Rigger

Carlyle, Don, PR 2/c, V-2 Parachute rigger

Aviation Electrician

McKee, Leonardo, AEM 1/c, V-2 Aviation electrician
Lovett, Jack, AEM 3/c, V-2 Aviation electrician
Smith, William, AEM 3/c, V-2 Aviation electrician

Specialists

Lambos, Anton, AMM 1/c, V-2 Carburetor specialist
Watling, Wayne, AMM 2/c, V-2 Hydraulic specialist

Hangar Deck

Coffee, Owen, ACMM, V-2 Hangar deck Chief
Quintel, Frank, ACMM, V-2 Hangar deck Chief
Ingham, C. AMM, 1/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Jackson, J. AMM, 1/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Ridgeway, Bob, AMM 1/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Schumacher, Vernon, AMM 1/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Dinnocenza, Louis, AMM 2/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Estervig, Ray, AMM 2/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Pike, Don, AMM 2/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Sabocik, Mike, AMM 2/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Sluyter, Winfield, AMM 2/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Bonney, Leon, AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Dunnocengo, Louis, AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Fooley, Ken, AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Kahle, Gene, AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Lottey, John, AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Richards, Robert, AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Wallace, Pete, AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Kelly, R. W., AM 2/c , V-2 Hangar deck mech
Moore, William, AM 2/c , V-2 Hangar deck mech
Staley, Vincent, AM 2/c , V-2 Hangar deck mech
Henrie, Wayne, AM 3/c , V-2 Hangar deck mech
Basher, Loren S., EM 1/c , V-2 Hangar deck mech

Ordnance

Denoma, George, ACOM , V4 Ordnance Chief
Onachilla, Thomas, AOM 1/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Bond, Troy A., AOM 2/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
King, Harry, AOM 2/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Williams, James, AOM 2/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Allen, Frederick, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Anderson, Richard, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Bass, German, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Bosworth, Collis, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Boysen, James, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Camden, Robert, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
George, Jack, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Lightner, Roy, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Lynch, Robert, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Prusky, Victor, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Robillard, Rolland, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Roessie, Robert, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Stover, Ray, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Sullivan, Gilbert, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Tucker, Robert, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
McDonald, N., S 1/c , V4 Ordnance Seaman
Tillery, L., S 1/c , V4 Ordnance Seaman
Wendling, Thomas, S 1/c , V4 Ordnance Seaman
Wilson, W., S 1/c , V4 Ordnance Seaman
Winn, Robert, S 1/c , V4 Ordnance Seaman

Assigned to CVE-78

Hunt, Edward J., AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Hyland, Glea L., AMM 3/c, V-2 Hangar deck mech
Dyer, James, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Evans, Harold, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Hafner, John, AOM 3/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Hamilton, Douglas, AOM 2/c, V4 Ordnance Mate
Cymmer, T., ART 1/c, Aviation Radio Tech
Peterson, Soren, ART 1/c, Aviation Radio Tech
Peterson, Vernon, ART 1/c, Aviation Radio Tech
Brown, Dennis, TM 1/c , V4 Torpedoman
Henry, Wesley, TM 2/c , V4 Torpedoman
Keller, William, TM 2/c , V4 Torpedoman
Braun, Richard, TM 3/c , V4 Torpedoman
Foley, Thomas, TM 3/c , V4 Torpedoman
Henderson, Donald, TM 3/c , V4 Torpedoman
Knight, Paul, TM 3/c , V4 Torpedoman
Urbanczyk, Joseph, TM 3/c , V4 Torpedoman
Binder, Richard, S 1/c , Seaman
Damitz, Irving, S 1/c , Seaman
Dotson, Kermit, S 1/c , V-6 Catapult specialist
Manhart, Arthur, S 1/c , Seaman
Gladen, Orville J., S 2/c , Seaman
Zuppa, Fred, S 2/c
Donnenworth, Ken, Y 2/c, Signalman
Johnson, Ross, Y 2/c
Lucas, John, Y 2/c
Nold, Jack, Y 2/c
O'Neil, Raymond J., Y 2/c

Others:

Dembicki, Harry, AOM 3/c, Ordnance Mate