461st plaque

461st Bombardment Group (H)

764th Crews 765th Crews 766th Crews 767th Crews

 Alexander - #11-2  Arnholt - #155  Baird - #3-1  Baker - #84-0  Batenic - #3-3  Bean - #3  Beson - #86R  Blanchard - #2  Bloxom - #4887  Bock - #10-1  Boozer - #17-1  Britton - #2  Brown - #18R  Brown - #  Burton - #8  Carlisle - #5-  Clay - #88R  Crumbo - #151  Dughi - #6-1  Emmert - #5628  Freeman - #1  Fuller - #05  Garrett - #16-2 (152)  Gilbert - #2R-2  Gilley - #4/16  Hefling - #09  Herrin - #17-1  Inskeep - #85R  Johnson - #4/7  Kollenborn - #4  Kursel - #6-1  Lalewicz - #85  Lightbody - #97R  Lively - #18/99  Longino - #116  Lucas - #5  McGoey - #8R  Miller - #1-1  Mitchell - #12  Nahkunst - #13-2  Oliver - #15-1  Olson - #4/16-6  Parsonson - #14-3  Petty - #1/6  Powell - #4-2  Rathfelder - #16-3  Rosenberg - #4887  Ross - #115R  Russell - #19-0  Rutter - #7/3  Ryder - #17  Sargent - #98R  Saur - #17-2  Sayre - #13  Schultz - #3-1  Skalomenos - #136  Sklansky - #9-1  Smith - #3-2  Souther - #12-1  Spehalski - #87R-2  Spencer - #5-1  Steele - #16  Stephens - #14  Stevens - #1  Stevens - #4-3  Stitch - #4983  Taylor - #10/31  Tetzlaff - #129  Tiffany - #2-1  Toothman - #13-3  Trenner - #18  Turner - #14-2  Underwood - #7-1  Veiluva - #07  Vilesis - #100R  Wallace - #11  Wastman - #10  Weber - #19-2  Weir - #06  Wilson - #15  Wyllie - #11-1  Young - #15

Lalewicz - #85

MACR #16499

Lalewicz crew #85

Courtesy of Bob Fielding

Standing L-R: ?????; ?????; ?????; Klein, Louis (B)

Squatting L-R: ?????; ?????; ?????; ?????; ?????; ?????

Lalewicz, Chester J., Pilot

Ivyson, Henry H., Co-Pilot

Grzeszczak, John E., Navigator

Klein, Louis, Bombardier

Bell, Robert W., Gunner

Catlett, Novel M., Gunner

Smith, Donald J., Gunner

Walker, George L., Gunner

Wood, James L., Engineer/Gunner

Wood, Oscar F., Radio Operator/Gunner

Louis Klein

Courtesy of Bob Fielding

Louis Klein, Bombardier

Klein training certificate

Courtesy of Bob Fielding

Louis Klein's combat crew training certificate

Oscar Wood

Courtesy of Olivia Cook

Oscar F. Wood (RO/G)

1919 -1945

Oscar Wood was born in 1919 near Roseboro, NC.  Knowing that he would be drafted, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in August 1941.  Oscar wanted to be a pilot and was enrolled in flight cadet school at Seymour Johnson Field in Goldsboro.  He missed becoming a pilot because of his last name - "They picked pilot trainees alphabetically and they reached their quota before they got to Oscar."  After training, Oscar served as the Radio Operator and gunner on the Lalewicz crew #85.  On March 9, 1945, the Lalewicz crew was lost when it went down in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Yugoslavia and exploded killing all eleven men on board.  They were returning from a mission to Graz, Austria.