Thank you to Dave Paruti for notifying of us of his father's Final Flight.
The family of 2nd Lt Soloman Pritt notified us that he has taken his Final Flight.
Steve Garrison notified us of his great uncle Edgar Oaks
having taken his Final Flight.
29 October 2002:
Contact has been made with Soloman Pritt, Edgar Oaks and
Joseph Paruti. Paruti confirmed that Cpl Milton Jacobs,
their Tail Gunner, flew with Crew 16 on their 4 May 1945
mission in which 6 members of Crew 16 and Jacobs was lost.
Jacobs was filling in as temporary Tail Gunner after Crew
16's TG T/Sgt James R. Ogilvie, shot himself in the leg
when the .45 he was cleaning discharged. After Ogilvie
recovered from his wound and was discharged from the hosptial
- he flew as Replacement Crew 11's Tail Gunner.
Added first name of S/Sgt Edgar Oaks to roster. He and
his fellow crew members are listed on GO-5 dated July
19, 1945, Award of Air
Medal; 10 members of this crew are listed on these
orders - Cpl Milton Jacobs was not - however the American
Battle Monument Commission's War Dead database does show
he was awarded an Air Medal - which could be covered under
a different order. Previously only Oaks' last name was
known at the time the crew photo was added. Thanks to
John Essig, CFC, P-10
for providing a copy of GO-5.
21 October 2001:
Maurice Picheloup recalled this about the Handa Mission
"this was a case of checking Flight Engineer performance
and during the mission I helped in the cruise control
where most of his trouble problems exisited. We
had engine problems and had to land at Iwo Jima.