Searching for testimonies of American Air Force personnel who fell in southern Serbia

Searching for testimonies of American Air Force personnel who fell in southern Serbia in 1944 and were saved by the Mihailovich Serbs/Chetniks during WWII

 

Aleksandra’s Note: A historian friend in Serbia is searching for information on the following American military personnel (Army/Air Force) who fell on the territory of southern Serbia in the former Yugoslavia in 1944 and were saved by the Mihailovich Serbs/Chetniks during the course of WWII. They are hoping to find testimonies relating to the Americans’ experience with the Serbs who saved their lives and enabled them to return home safe and sound. If you have any information regarding the specific individuals listed here, please contact me at ravnagora@hotmail.com. Your help will be much appreciated! Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Aleksandra Rebic

 

Fell on July 22, 1944 on Suvu Planinu (The Dry Mountain) southeast of Nish, Serbia

Pali 22. jula 1944. na Suvu Planinu, jugoistocno od Nisa

 

Floyd S. Cofer

Dale F. Rogers

Joseph R. Scurzi

Lee Mc Alister

Ralph R. Handt

James J. Fenyes

John B. Miller

Julius Pliska

Robert E. Winmill

Jerome Mandelman

 

Fell on May 18, 1944 at Leskovac, Serbia

Pali 18. maja 1944. kod Leskovca

 

John P. Carlson

Charles L Stevenson

Clifford S. Lovitt

Wilbur E. Wright

Shedrick J. Methven

 

Fell in April 1944 in the village of Tulare in Leskovac, Serbia

Pali aprila 1944. u selu Tulare kod Leskovca

 

Herbert W. Brynildsen

Joseph F. Cardone

Frank H. Clos

James T. Holcomb

David B. Jeffers

 

Fell in July 1944 on the territory of Svrljig, 35 km from Nish in Serbia

Пали на простору Сврљига, 35 км од Ниша у јулу 1944. године

 

1. Leo C. Brooks, co-pilot, 1 st Lt.

2. Richard P. White, navigator, 2 nd Lt

3. Harrel B. William, bombardier, capt

4. Robert I. Wilson, radar navigator, 2 nt Lt

5. Norton T. Laurence, engineer, T/SGH

6. Lenard M. Brothers, asst. engineer, S/SGT

7. Norman E. Brooks, radio operater T/SGT

8. Rusell W. Burney, armorer gunner, S/SGT

9. Roy J. Bowers, asst. armorer gunner, S/SGT

 

Fell in January 1944 on the territory of Prokuplje, 30 km from Nish in Serbia

Пали на простору Прокупља, 30 км од Ниша у јануару 1944. године

 

1. A.D.Romano, second lieutenant – pilot

2. P.L. Camara, second lieutenant – navigator

3. H.D. Hentan, second lieutenant – bombardier

4. P.L.Rainhardt, Sargeant – co-pilot

5. R. Groeneys, Sargeant – engineer

6. S.T.Ciottis, Sargeant – waist gunner

7. T. Sikas, Sargeant – radio-operator

8. W.S. Carverl – Sargeant – ball-turret gunner

9. L.S. Hosky, Sargeant – tail-gunner

 

Also:

 

Капетан Јозеф Скурзи (Captain Joseph Skurzi)

Пилот Вилијам Килпатрик (Airman/Pilot William Kilpatrick

Поручник-пилот Лесли (Lieutenant Leslie)

Копилот Валтер (Co-Pilot Walter)

 

1. J.H. Mitrani, Capt, MC Berwick, Penn

2. James C. Reaves, S/sgt, Hillsboro, Tenn.

3. Stephen F. Davenport, 2nd. LT, Elizabeth, N.J

4. Alford D. Hanwell, S/Sgt., Bradley Beach, N.J

5. Frank Czeck, Sgt, South Bend, Indiana

6. Melvin E. Thomas, S/Sgt, Chicago, IL

7. Lowel R. Miles, Sgt, Girard, Ohio

8. Harold C. Mortenson, 2nd. Lt, Flint, Michigan

9. George E. White, Sgt., Boston, Mass.

10. Louis J. Finger, 2nd. Lt, Wilmington, Delaware

11. Frank W. DeHuff, Sgt, York, Penn.

12. W.M. Newton, 2nd Lt, AC, Cincinnati, Ohio

13. Henry M. Piecuch, Sgt, Lawrence, Mass.

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