DANFIELD, GEORGE GRAHAM, Staff Sergeant, # 16001593, USAAF

 

George G. Danfield was born in 1920 in Pennsylvania. He enlisted 11 September 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, into the USAAF.  Trained as a mechanical engineer on the B-25, he was sent overseas. On 10 September 1943, B-25C, # 41-12950, of the 341st Bomb Group, 22nd Bomb Squadron, departed the Air Base at Chakulia, India, enroute to bomb Naba Junction, with 90% cloud cover and poor visibility. The circumstances of the loss of the aircraft were unknown. It failed to return from the combat mission. It was last seen climbing for altitude over the target area. The crew was declared deceased 10 September 1949. A group burial of multiple unidentifiable remains were recovered by a Graves Registration team. The group burial was in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 10 September 1949 (Section 82. Grave No. 191).

 

WATKINS, WILLIAM J , Staff Sergeant, # 31087698, USAAF

 

Web site author was unable to find anything on this hero’s family. If willing to help, please e-mail using the contact page. Trained to operate and repair the radio on a B-25, he was sent overseas. On 10 September 1943, B-25C, # 41-12950, of the 341st Bomb Group, 22nd Bomb Squadron, departed the Air Base at Chakulia, India, enroute to bomb Naba Junction, with 90% cloud cover and poor visibility. The circumstances of the loss of the aircraft were unknown. It failed to return from the combat mission. It was last seen climbing for altitude over the target area. The crew was declared deceased 10 September 1949. A group burial of multiple unidentifiable remains were recovered by a Graves Registration team. The group burial was in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 10 September 1949 (Section 82. Grave No. 191).

ZERA, THOMAS P., JR., Sergeant, # 13085610, USAAF

 

Thomas P. Zera was born on 11 October 1922 in Braddock, Pennsylvania to Thomas P. Zera (1873-1955) and Stella (Baranowski) Zera (1883-1938). He had several siblings, including Steve J. Zera (1906-1981), Kasmerz Zera (1908-    ), Stanley S. Zera (1911-1942), Mary Anna Zera (1914-1930), Helen Mathilda (Zera) Vilaj (1916-2001) and another sister. His father filed for veterans compensation in Pennsylvania, giving an address of 555 Dawson Ave, Bellevue, Allegheny Co., PA. When living at 812 Cherry Way, Braddock, PA, he applied to wed Florence V. Vandzura, age 20, 1021 Washington Ave., Braddock, PA. He enlisted 25 May 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA 5’6”, 129 lbs, and, after training went overseas 10 March 1943. Trained as an armorer, Thomas P. Zera was responsible for the operation of All defensive weapons aboard the B-25C. Also trained as a gunner, using one of the .50 caliber machine guns aboard, he was a valuable crew member. The family placed a memorial marker in the All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA.