Remember the 15

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B-25 raid on Formosa by the 498th’s ‘Jaunty Jo’ # 192 over Byoritsu Oil Refinery; it crashed seconds later. (Maurice J. Eppstein, John C. Hanna Collections) courtesy of IHRA

So much happened at once in the Pacific all at the same time, we get help here from the International Historical Research Associates!!


May 18, 1945 was an all too eventful day for the 65th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group. Seven of its B-24s were sent to make up a third of a 21-plane raid with the 403rd and 64th Squadrons on Tainan Airdrome, located on Formosa (now Taiwan). Antiaircraft fire was heavy and accurate, and coming from both Tainan and the nearby Okayama Airdrome. Aircrews noticed two strange types of antiaircraft bursts. One looked like a gasoline fire bursting in midair, the other appeared to be a stream of fire trailed by smoke.

As the crews made their runs, 1/Lt. James J. Franklin’s B-24 took a direct hit and exploded. All ten members of the crew as well as an observer were killed. To the right of Franklin was 1/Lt. Rudolph J. Cherkauer in B-24 #373, which felt the brunt of the explosion and ended up leaving Tainan with two hundred new…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on June 23, 2018, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Thanks for another reblog! Also, quick note that the photo you posted above was from a 345th Bomb Group crash (if you feel like adding more details to your caption). You’ll find it on p. 325 of Warpath Across the Pacific.

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  2. Whew, it sounds like a rough day – but I like the way this post remembers the 15.

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  3. It’s amazing to me how many resources have become available. It’s easy to forget that each of these squadrons, etc., was composed of individuals. The names and order of service brought that home.

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  4. I’m with Dan–I love these primary sources. History shouldn’t change over the years, but it does.

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  5. I got teary reading about the service. So sad to lose them near the end of the war.

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  6. I’m glad you bring us these other resources. Thanks!

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  7. A sad day for that squadron indeed, and good to remember their bravery.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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