MORE MACR - B-24J Loss - 1 Dec., 1943 - Continued
BOWES, PERSHING E., Second Lieutenant, 0-674124, USAAF
2ndLt Pershing E. Bowes was born in 1918 in New York, to Thomas J. Bowes (1869-1959) and Elizabeth F. (Carney) Bowes (1875-1953) (both born in Ireland) of Flushing, New York. He had several siblings: Thomas P. Bowes (1894-1983), Mary A. Bowes (1896-1891), Peter Paul Bowes (1898-1969), Howard J. Bowes (1906- ), and Elizabeth M. Bowes (1902-1982), Walter Bowes (1904- ). He was honored in 1946 in the Yearbook for St. Agnes, College Point, New York, as a “Gold Star” hero. He enlisted 17 March 1942 (enlisted service # 12053093). He died 1 December 1943, 7th Bomber Group, Heavy, 436th Bomber Squadron. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. Brother Peter P. Bowes served in WW I, enlisting in the New York National Guard, 47th Infantry Regiment, Company D, 22 June 1916 and was a Private and as a Seamon on an oiler, honorably discharged 7 June, 1917.
RAUH, GILBERT ANDREW ROBERT, Second Lieutenant, 0-738787, USAAF
2ndLt Gilbert Andrew Robert Rauh of New York was born 25 May 1915 in Mount Pleasant, New York, to Julius Christian Rauh (1885-1946) and Gertrude A. (Hoffman) Rauh (1887-1971). His grandparents, Andrew Adam Rauh (1855-1915) and Jenny Elise (Truelson) Rauh (1857-1915) were from Germany and Denmark, respectively.He had four siblings: Paul Henry Rauh (1911-2002), Edna Marjorie Rauh (1913-2014), Gertrude Catherine Louise Rauh (1917-1971) and Jeanne Helen Rauh (1928-2015). He died 1 December 1943, 7th Bomber Group, Heavy, 436th Bomber Squadron. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. His father, Julius C. Rauh, served in the U.S. Navy, enlisting 28 August, 1901, and honorably discharged 14 May, 1906 (Service # 1166107), on the U.S.S. Hancock and is buried with a V.A. marker in the Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.
ROPINSKI, ROMAN J, Technical Sergeant, 16034281, USAAF
TSgt Roman J. Ropinski was born in 1922 in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, to Patrick J. Ropinski (1887-1952) and Mary Ann (Rychlowski) Ropinski (1892-1944). He was a musician in high school. He attended Jefferson High School and graduated in 1941. He had several siblings: Edward J. Ropinski (1918-1976), Frank J. Ropinski (1919-1943), Regina Mary Ropinski (1928-2011) and another brother and sister. He enlisted 8 August 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. He died 1 December 1943, 7th Bomber Group, Heavy, 436th Bomber Squadron, and was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Brother Edward J. Ropinski served in WW II, enlisted in the U.S. Army 27 July 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was honorably discharged 27 February 1946. Brother Frank J. Ropinski served during WW II, enlisting 11 September 1941 (Service # 16046060) to his death 16 November 1943. He as a Sergeant with the 374th Transport Group, the 21st Transport Squadron. He was buried with honors 14 January 1949, in the Ipswich USAF Cemetery, Brisbane, Australia.in the USAAF.