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Capt Denver Truelove

| N. Africa

Capt Truelove, Pilot of a Combat B-25, KIA on 5 April, 1943.

Lt Denver V Truelove, Bombardier KIA 5 Apr. '43 310thBG,428thBS

| N. Africa

DOOLITTLE RAIDERS

Plane 40-2283, 95th Squadron, 17th Group
Bailed out over SW Chuchow, China

Capt David M Jones, pilot (deceased)
Lt Rodney R Wilder, co-pilot (Died 7 June 1964)
Lt Eugene F McGurl, navigator (KIA Burma 3 June 1942)
Lt Denver V Truelove, bombardier (KIA Sicily 5 Apr 1943)
Sgt Joseph W Manske, engineer-gunner (Died 4 Apr 1998)

Captain Jones took off safely despite a leak in the bomb bay gas tank and proceeded to Tokyo.  His bombs scored direct hits on a power station, oil tanks and a large manufacturing plant.  Continuing on to China, he flew on instruments until he estimated he was in the vicinity of Chuhsien.  His entire crew bailed out without injury and was the first of the raiders to reach Chuhsien.  Two of the crew remained in Indo-China while Captain Jones and Lieutenant Truelove went on to fly in Europe.  Though all five members of the crew survived the Tokyo raid, two were killed in action before the war ended and Captain Jones spent time in a German POW camp.


After Return, Gen Doolittle was given the 12th AF, under his guidance, almost ALL of his men were the original Cadre' of the 57th Bomb Wing, the greatest percentage of the men funded the 310th Bomb Group.

   Lt Denver Vernon Truelove, Bombardier was with this Squadron on a Combat mission when shot down over the sea near Sicily on 5 April, 1943.

Denver Vernon Truelove, 0-427637, Captain
Bombardier Crew 5

Completed three years college and entered military service on May 13, 1940 at Atlanta, Georgia. Completed Bombardier and Navigator training in April, 1941. After the Tokyo Raid he served in North Africa. Killed in Action on April 5, 1943 over Italy. Decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.

Born November 10, 1919, Clermont, Georgia
Killed in Action, April 5, 1943 over Italy

Tablets of the Missing
North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia
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World War II  Veterans Interred Overseas;  Name: Denver V Truelove;  Inducted From: Georgia;  Rank: Captain
Combat Organization: 428th Bomber Squadron 310th Bomber;  Death Date: 5 Apr 1943;  Monument: North Africa;  Last Known Status: Missing;  U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Additional Army Awards
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World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938 - 1946
ENLISTMENT RECORD CANNOT BE FOUND
Denver V. Truelove
Lula, Clermont, HALL County, Georgia

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WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster Rolls, 1939-1949
Name: Denver V Truelove
Ship Name: Hornet
Ship Number: CV-8
Sail Date: 2 Apr 1942
Roll: MIUSA2006_082845
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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Denver V Truelove
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
Disposition: Nonrecoverable
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Captain
Service Number: 427637
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U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing In Action or Lost At Sea, 1941-1946
Name: Denver V Truelove
Date of Loss: 5 Apr 1943 0
Branch: U.S. Army Air Force
Rank: CAPT
Service Number: O427637
Status: Missing in Action
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Denver V. Truelove Lula, GA U.S. Army Air Forces Luther G. Bowen
Denver V. Truelove
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces
HOMETOWN: Lula, GA
HONORED BY: Luther G. Bowen

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
BOMBARDIER IN FIFTH PLANE IN JIMMY DOOLITTLE'S RAID ON TOKYO, JAPAN ON APRIL 18, 1942. LATER SERVED IN NORTH AFRICA. KILLED IN ACTION ON APRIL 5, 1943 OVER ITALY. DECORATIONS INCLUDE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, AIR MEDAL WITH 3 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, PURPLE HEART, AND CHINESE ARMY, NAVY AND AIR CORPS MEDAL, CLASS A, 1ST GRADE.
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Denver Truelove Lula, GA U.S. Army Ms. Blanche Bowen
Denver Truelove
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army
HOMETOWN: Lula, GA
HONORED BY: Ms. Blanche Bowen, Sister

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
BOMBARDIER-TOKYO RAID. NORTH AFRICA.
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Denver Vernon Truelove Clermont, GA U.S. Army Air Forces Ralph Bozorth
Denver Vernon Truelove
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces
HOMETOWN: Clermont, GA
HONORED BY: Ralph Bozorth

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
CAPTAIN AND BOMBARDIER ON THE 5TH B-25 BOMBER THAT TOOK OFF FROM THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS HORNET FOR THE DOOLITTLE RAID ON TOKYO, JAPAN APRIL 18, 1942. AFTER THE TOKYO RAID, SERVED IN NORTH AFRICA. KILLED IN ACTION ON APRIL 5, 1943 OVER ITALY. DECORATIONS INCLUDE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, AIR MEDAL WITH 3 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, PURPLE HEART AND THE CHINESE ARMY, NAVY, AND AIR CORPS MEDAL, CLASS A, 1ST GRADE.
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Denver V. Truelove Hall County, GA U.S. Army National Archives
CAPT Denver V. Truelove ID: 0-427637
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Hall County, GA
Status: KIA
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Denver V. Truelove GA U.S. Army Air Forces ABMC Tablets of the Missing
Denver V. Truelove ID: O-427637
Entered the Service From: Georgia
Rank: Captain
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 428th Bomber Squadron, 310th Bomber Group, Medium
Died: Monday, April 05, 1943
Memorialized at: North Africa American Cemetery
Location: Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
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http://www.cv6.org/1942/doolittle/doolittle_crews.htm
Sixteen planes and 80 airmen executed the Doolittle Raid, 18 April 1942. With one exception - the plane piloted by CAPT Edward J. York - none of the planes made a proper landing: all either were ditched, or crashed after their crews bailed out. Nonetheless, all but three men survived the flight. Eight were captured and made prisoner of war. Of these, three were executed, one died in captivity, and four survived to be freed at the end of the war.
Crew Information from the book:"Destination Tokyo" by Stan Cohen

Crew #5 (B-25B 40-2283) - Target Tokyo
95th Bombardment Squadron
Pilot: CAPT David M. Jones
Copilot: LT Ross R. Wilder
Navigator: LT Eugene F. McGurl
Bombardier: LT Denver V. Truelove
Flight Engineer - Gunner: SGT Joseph W. Manske~Bailed Out
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http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123048448
PHOTO of Crew # 5
Crew No. 5 (Plane #40-2283, target Tokyo): 95th Bombardment Squadron, front row: Capt. David M. Jones, pilot; and Lt. Ross R. Wilder, copilot; back row: Lt. Eugene F. McGurl, navigator; Lt. Denver V. Truelove, bombardier; and Sgt. Joseph W. Manske, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On April 18, 1942, famed aviation pioneer Lt. Col. "Jimmy" Doolittle and 79 other volunteers launched 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet. It was a bold and audacious mission and gave America a much-needed boost in morale in the early days of WWII. Doolittle, who was already famous for setting aviation speed and endurance records throughout the 1920s and 1930s, became a national hero and went on to command the 8th Air Force in Europe at the close of World War II. He died in 1993 and remains the only person to have ever held both of America's highest military and civilian awards - the Medal of Honor and the Medal of Freedom. Of the 79 men who took off with Doolittle that day, three were killed during the mission, five were interned in Russia and eight became prisoners of war in Japan. Of those POWs, three were executed by firing squad and another died in captivity. Thirteen others would die later in the war. As of 2007, the 65th Anniversary of the Raid, there were 14 RAIDERS still alive.
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Ancestry.com~One World Tree:
Denver Vernon Truelove
Birth: 10 Apr 1919 - Hall, GA (Georgia)
Death: 5 Apr 1943
Parents:
Father: Clyde W. Truelove~1893 – 1945
Mother: Arizona Gertrude Rogers~1897 – 1968
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1920 Census/Clermont/Hall Co./Georgia/Roll 261/Page: 10B/Enumeration District: 105
Household Members: Name Age
Clyde Truelove/Head of Household/26
Gertrude Truelove/Wife/22
Blanche Truelove/Daughter/2yrs-11mos
Denver Truelove/Son/9mos
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1930 Census/Polksville/Hall Co./Georgia/Roll 368/Page: 3B/Enumeration District: 23
Household Members: Name Age
Clyde W Truelove/Head of Household/36
Gertrude Truelove/Wife/32
Blanche H Truelove/Daughter/13
Denver V Truelove/Son/11   

Barbi Ennis Connolly  57th BW Researcher

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