39th Bomb Group (VH)

Air Crew


Unit Citation
and Awards

arpuc.jpg [The Presidental Unit Citation]


Service Awards

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S/Sgt Efford Clarence Deats
Radio Operator

Born: 23 Feb 1926
Died: 18 June 1966

Efford Clarence Deats' name was found on web site, He was laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. on 06/22/1966, Plot: Q 1488. The site does list his service as with the 61st BS AAF.

Thanks to Joe Deats, who is researching his family name and may be related to Efford, found his gravestone, and in turn searched and found our web site to notify us of Efford's his passing.

Originally Deats name was found on 61st Squardon EM Roster dated 15 September 1945 as Sgt - these orders do not indicate what section or duty performed.

On Jan 14, 2005 we recieved orders from Birdell (Burly) Brellenthin, Radar Observer, Romserpt Crew (61st BS) regarding his crew. Among the orders received was SO-195 dated 17 Jul 1945 issued by HQ Davis-Monthan AAF - regarding movement of crews to Kearny AAF and Topeka AAF and further movement overseas (no later than 19 Jul 1945) which included Deats name and the names of his crewmates that made up the Porter Crew.

Note: The names of the rest of the Porter Crew also appear on the 61st Rosters dated Sept. 1945. It is unknown if they flew any missions at this time.

If anyone has any addition information about S/Sgt Efford C. Deats or his crew please contact

Porter Crew Main Page
61st Squadron Mian Page
Source:; SO-195; 61st EM Roster