The men of VC-27.
FM-2 PILOTS (33)
Lt(jg) Robert C. Ashcraft
ASS'T ENGINEERING OFFICER
"So I says to the Admiral....."
Lt(jg) Frederick W. Barnett
ASS'T COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
"Corpus Christi ain't Texas."
Ens Paul J. Barrow
"Dammit, I don't see why."
Ens Robert H. Cockle
Hope, North Dakota
"Do I hafta get a haircut right now, John?"
Lt(jg) George H. Davidson
Lake Como, Florida
ASS'T OPERATIONS OFFICER
"Now, Commander, about those 600 landings"
Ens R. H. Dorman
ASS'T ENGINEERING OFFICER
"I can't help it if I'm always happy."
Lt Ralph E. Elliott
"Captain, there's just one thing I'd like to bring up."
Ens Thomas S. Mackie
ASS'T NAVIGATION OFFICER
"Can Jim's division use all recognition lights?"
Ens James J. Manfrin
Clarendon Hills, Illinois
Lt(jg) Donald A. McPherson
BUILDING AND GROUNDS OFFICER
"Well, she's only eighteen."
Lt(jg) Joseph J. Miller
New York City
"Where did you guys rendezvous this morning?"
Lt Roger J. Mulcahy
"Know him? Why I shaved his father."
Lt James L. Naftzgar
Fighter Flight Officer
"Now the way we done it aboard ship."
Ens Robert E. Pfeifer
ASS'T MATERIAL OFFICER
"Now look here, Andrew."
Ens William S. Pinson
Greenwood, South Carolina
"Boy, if my Grandaddy could see me now."
Lt(jg) Andrew T. Price
ASS'T MATERIAL OFFICER
"They looked just like FM's 'till I joined up."
Ens Hallie F. Roberts
"Yeah, my watch is waterproof." (Splash)
Lt John T. Ross
Lackawanna, New York
"John, I says, this is no place for you."
Ens Edward J. Schalk
Syracuse, New York
ASS'T MATERIAL OFFICER
"So I said, 'That's my coconut - sir'."
Lt(jg) Robert C. Shape
"You'd be surprised how much you learn about planes working on them
Lt(jg) Benjamin T. Smith
Rockingham, North Carolina
ASS'T GUNNERY OFFICER
"If it hadn't been for South Carolina, we'd won the War."
Lt(jg) Wilton O. Stubbs
WAR BOND OFFICER
"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
"You don't get what I mean."
Lt(jg) Charles M. Vehorn
ASS'T WELFARE OFFICER
"I have scarcely been in the sack all day."
Ens Frederick L. Vocke
Downers Grove, Illinois
"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
ASS'T PHOTO OFFICER
"It is easier with your eyes open."
Lt Soule T. Bitting
Grand Haven, Michigan
Torpedo Flight Officer
"We have a little club like this back in Ohio"
Lt(jg) Samuel H.
"It'll be something to have the first boy in the squadron."
Lt(jg) Albert R. Douglas
"I would like to ask one question"
Lt L. D. Egan
"Have you ever been in Sloppy Joe's in Hongkong?"
Ens Harold B. Harms
"I'm thoroughly disgusted."
Lt Goly R. Henry
"Horizontal, but a goin' Jessie!"
Ens Charles W. Iverson
ASS'T PARACHUTE OFFICER
"I have only one objection-"
Lt Cmdr Percival W. Jackson
Poughkeepsie, New York
Lt(jg) Bertram L. Lewis
Rochester, New York
"What time we leaving for Palm Springs tonight, Doug?"
Lt(jg) Laurence E. MacFawn
East Weymouth, Mass
"Now in the old Navy-"
Ens Richard W. Mansfield
ASS'T EDUCATION OFFICER
"I believe the L.S.O. - most of the time."
Lt(jg) R. N. Miller
"Do you want my autograph?"
Lt(jg) Claude C. Nathan
"Does everyone have his shackle?"
Lt(jg) William R. Peden
Westfield, New Jersey
"You can't buck City Hall."
Lt Robert H. Wand
Woodbridge, New Jersey
"The first thing I'm going to do when we hit the states is . . ."
Lt(jg) John M. Yeaman
Ass't Gunnery Officer
"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]
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
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.
Lt(jg) Mason A. Butcher
"I'm sure it was O.K. when he took off, Commander."
Lt(jg) William L. Diffee
LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER
"Well, fellows, you're flying the planes, all I can
do is throw you some signals."
Lt(jg) Forrest F. Glasgow
V-4 ORDNANCE OFFICER
"I'll load 'em, you drop 'em, and we'll all go home."
Lt Gwilyn B. Lewis
SQUADRON FLIGHT SURGEON
"El Mad Medico"
"Well, I'll need four volunteers."
Lt(jg) Edward E. Ludeman
ASS'T LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER
"Cut him high and fast, Dif, I'm running low."
Lt August C. Miller, Jr.
AIR COMBAT INTEL OFFICER
"This is it men. Are pilots ready?"
Lt(jg) Robert A. Pope
"See Warner, he'll fix you up."
Ens D. Dilbert Dog
NAAS Brown Field, California
"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
Hull, Don, AMM 1c, Jackson's plane captain
Johnson, Carlton, AMM 2c, MacFawn's plane captain
Cario, Adolph, AMM 1/c, V-2 Plane director
Rado, Dan AMM 2/c, V-2 Flight deck director
Renner, William AMM 2/c, V-2 Flight deck mechanic
Gaylord, Arthur S 1/c, AMM, Ass't LSO
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
Carlyle, Don, PR 2/c, V-2 Parachute rigger
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
Lambos, Anton, AMM 1/c, V-2 Carburetor specialist
Watling, Wayne, AMM 2/c, V-2 Hydraulic specialist
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
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
Dembicki, Harry, AOM 3/c, Ordnance Mate