18 August 2012:
Added Cpl Vernon Ingram's name to Crew Honor Roll
16 August 2012:
Added Dedication Page for Sgt Vinson G. Fowlkes
13 July 2011:
Added Profile Page for Cpl Vernon Ingram
03 June 2011:
Corrected the spelling of Cpl Vernon Ingram's name.
21 September 2010:
Added: 2nd Lt Urban F. Thinnes to the Crew Honor Roll.
11 September 2005:
Added: Dedication page for Laurence B. Leinbach, courtesy
of his daughter in-law.
19 January 2005:
Found Foster and Fowlkes listed on the Social Security
Death Index; No information on any other members of the
crew has been found at this time.
We received an email from Mark Erickson, grandson of F/O
Birdell Brellenthin, FE, He notified us that his grandfather
and 2nd Lt Edward Rompspert, AC; 2nd Lt Lyman Benson,
Pilot, 2nd Lt Urban Thinnes, Bomb; 2nd Lt Earl Diven,
Nav and 1st Lt Leon Janky, Flight Engineer were members
of this replacement crew; He goes on to say "they
flew one mission and the war ended."
through an internet search we found Leon J. Janky listed
on the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) this entry does
fall into the range of a WWII veteran and given the uniqueness
of his last name - it appeared this is the same person
- Burly Brellenthin comfirms Janky is desceased.
making contact with Brellenthin and searching for other
members of his crew we found an obituary for 2nd Lt. Lyman
G. Benson. Records confirm this is the correct (Lyman)
also provided us with a POC for his grandfather - therefore
we will be contacting his grandfather to attempt to verify
the passing of the members of his crew (if they remained
in contact after all these years) and any other additional
names of these men were found on 61st BS Roster dated
Sept 1945 but we didn't know if they were part of an aircrew
or ground personnel since they arrived late in the war