MCCARTY, ROBERT (NMI), Staff Sergeant, Service # 12126491, U.S. Army Air Force
Robert McCarty was born in 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, to Anthony J. McCarty (1859-1933) and Carrie (Wishart) McCarty (1870- ), married 25 October 1899 in Brooklyn, New York. Siblings included Anthony J. McCarty Jr. (1903-1907), Carolyn (McCarty) Jenkins (1901- ), Dorothy McCarty (1910- ) and John McCarty (1907- ). Robert worked as an electrical cableman in 1930. Robert was inducted into the service in New York on 18 August 1942. He was the engineer and a gunner on the B-24J. 1stLt Erwin reported that "... some of the gunners in the rear were dead or unconscious ..." and that "... the nose gunner was killed ... [before] the loss of our plane ...". McCarty was awarded the Air medal and the Purple Heart.
FETTERMAN, WILLIAM CLIFFORD, Staff Sergeant, Service # 13155731, U.S. Army
William"Billy" C. Fetterman was born 21 November 1922 to Asa S. Fetterman (1883-1960) and Vivian C. (Burkett) Fetterman (1886-1942) in the borough of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of six children (four brothers, one sister) - Rex B. Fetterman, Max W. Fetterman, David S. Fetterman, Donald G. Fetterman and Betty C. Fetterman. He did odd jobs for a grocery as a youth and in H.S. When a junior in H.S., he met a pretty freshman named Ruthie Baker. They became swqeethearts and were engaged by the time he was a senior. After H.S. graduation, he gained employment in the office of a steel mill while Ruthie finished H.S. then she attended a six-month long business course. They looked forward to marriage and raising a family.
He enlisted 31 October 1942 into the U.S.A.A.F. He described himself as 5'7", 155 lbs with brown hair and eyes. He was trained at various bases and attended radio operator training at Sious Falls, South Dakota. He asked Ruthie to marry him and oin him. They were married 5 February 1943.