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The Air Crew

The members of crew #2415 were:

Cpt George N. Schwager (A/C)
1/Lt Walter Bereznoff (Pilot)
1/Lt Roy A. Sefton (Navigator)
1/Lt Harry K. Mason (Bombardier)
1/Lt Lynn C. Sherrill (Engineer)
Sgt Charles F. Killmon (Radio)
S/Sgt William R. Denson (Radarman)
S/Sgt Harold C. Chapman (CFC)
Cpl Louis G. Athanas (R Gunner)
S/Sgt Irving Dryman (L Gunner)
Sgt Donald E. Lund (T Gunner)

Sgt John Berardinelli (Radio) replaced Sgt Charles F. Killmon prior to June 1.

DFC Citation – Mission 46. Osaka Urban Area (June 1)

For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 1 June 1945. These individuals were combat crew members of a B-29 aircraft which flew on in a daylight high-altitude incendiary raid from a base in the Marianas Islands against important industrial facilities in the city of Osaka, Japan. Despite extremely unfavorable weather conditions causing difficult navigational problems, they joined the formations at the briefed assembly point off the coast of Japan and proceeded to the primary target. During the course of the strike ten aggressive fighter attacks and heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire were encountered. Despite the battle damage caused by both flak and interceptors they maintained their position in close formation, pressing home their bombing of important industrial facilities, including machine shops, iron works, chemical factories, and harbor installations. By the high degree of skill each member of the crew displayed in performance of his assigned duties by devotion to his job and coolness, courage, and teamwork in the face of great danger, these veterans of more than twenty two combat missions, contributed materially to the success of the mission, thereby reflecting great credit both on themselves and the Army Air Forces.

Captain GEORGE J. SCHWAGER as Airplane Commander
First Lieutenant WALTER BEREZNOFF as Pilot
First Lieutenant ROY A. SEFTON as Navigator
First Lieutenant HARRY K. MASON as Bombardier
First Lieutenant LYNN C. SHERRILL as Flight Engineer
Staff Sergeant JOHN BERARDINELLI as Radio Operator
Technical Sergeant HAROLD C. CHAPMAN as Central Fire Control Gunner
Staff Sergeant WILLIAM R. DENSON as Radio Operator
Staff Sergeant LOUIS G. ATHANAS as Right Blister Gunner
Staff Sergeant IRVING DRYMAN as Left Blister Gunner
Sergeant DONALD E. LUND as Tail Gunner

[Transcribed by David Wilson, son of Sgt Bernard E. Wilson (Gunner, “Anonymous IV”)]

The Airplanes

This crew sometimes flew “Shasta“.


Last updated 08/29/2010