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04 Feb 1923 1
Death:
29 Jul 1993 1
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Full Name:
Edwin C Vantrease 1
Birth:
04 Feb 1923 1
Death:
29 Jul 1993 1
Physical Description:
Eye Color: Baby Blue Eyes 2
Hair Color: Blonde Hair 2
Residence:
Last Residence: West Frankfort, IL 1
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Employment:
Place: Corsica and Italy 2
Start Date: 1945 2
Employment:
Position: WW II Lt Bombardier on B-25 Mitchell /MTO 2
Social Security:
Social Security Number: ***-**-8292 1

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Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease

Corsica, WW II

Vantrease, Edwin C., 1Lt, bombardier (0-2073440) (1718 E Main St, West Frankfort IL)

 

27 Jan 45 - 447th BS War Diary:  The following Officers and EM assigned and joined the Squadron from Hq. 57th Bomb. Wing, Par. 3, SO 14, Hq. 321st Bomb Gp. 25 Jan. 1945:  2nd Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease, 2nd Lt. Roy V. Bryson, 2nd Lt. Frank Calabrese, S/Sgt. Emil C. Goethe, Cpl. George K. Lamb, Cpl. Robert E. Neely.  1st Lt. Ralph T. Grimes relieved from assignment and assigned on combat rotation to 7th Replacement Depot for transshipment to U.S., Ltr. Orders, Hq. 12th AF, 23 Jan. 1945.  1st Lt. Joe W. Gould and T/Sgt Russell K. See relieved from assignment and assigned on combat rotation to 7th Repl. Depot for transshipment to U.S., Lot. Orders, Hq. 12th AF, 18 Jan. 1945.  Morning Report:  O-87, EM-355.

Bryson, Roy V., Jr., 2Lt, pilot                          Calabrese, Frank (NMI), 2Lt, pilot

Goethe, Emil C., Jr., S/Sgt, gunner                Gould, Joe W., 1Lt, bombardier, navigator

Grimes, Ralph T., 1Lt, pilot                            Lamb, George K., Cpl, gunner

Neely, Robert E., Cpl, gunner                         See, Russell K., T/Sgt, radio-gunner

Vantrease, Edwin C., 2Lt, bombardier

 

27 Jan 45 – First mission:

  A/C No.  43-36059 Tail  # 54 P Haage, Frederick W., F/O CP Carlin, Edmund R., 2Lt N None B Vantrease, Edwin C., 2Lt E Anderson, Arthur F., Cpl R Theiss, Vincent E., Cpl G Householder, Joe F., Cpl

7 Feb 45 - 447th BS Mission Summary (Ops Order 718/mission 718) Group Mission # 718: 9 planes participated in a mission against Lavis Diversion Bridge in northern Italy.  All planes returned safely but four crewmen were slightly injured.  They were as follows:  2nd Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease, 2nd Lt. Shelby D. Wallis, Sgt. Daniel P. McMenamin, Cpl Robert E. Neely.  The squadron received 100 % bombing accuracy for this mission.

  A/C No.  43-36110 Tail # 59 “Big Jamoke” P Haage, Frederick W., F/O CP Carlin, Edmund R., 2Lt N None B Vantrease, Edwin C., 2Lt E Neely, Robert E., Cpl R Judy, Harry H., Jr., Cpl G Householder, Joe F., Cpl

447th BS War Diary:  Additional Narrative for February 1945

            End of Month Report:

i. Casualties during the month.

   (1)  (a)  Killed

                Lt. Colgan (Donald J., bombardier), KIA in a mission to Calliano Rail Bridge.

                8 February 1945

          (b)  Wounded:  Lt. Vantrease (Edwin C., bombardier), Lt. Wallis (Shelby D., pilot),

                Sgt. McMenamin (Daniel P., Jr., engineer-gunner) and Cpl Neely (Robert E.,

                gunner) all LWA, not hospitalized in a mission to the Lavis Diversion Bridge

                on 7 February 1945

 

447th BS War Diary:  Additional Narrative for March 1945

End of Month Report:

On General Order No. 52 dated 15 March 1945 from 12th AF Hq.

                  2nd Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease (bombardier) was presented the Air Medal

 

4 Apr 45 - 447th BS War Diary:  S/Sgt. John E. McCready, Jr., assigned to the 7th Repl. Depot for transshipment to the United States.  3 officers duty to Falconara Airfield, Italy.  1st Lt. Henry C. Satterwhite promoted to Capt. Par 1 SO 82, Hq. 12th Air Force.  The following officers promoted to 1st Lt. Par 1, SO 82, Hq. 12th Air Force:  2nd Lt. Robert O. Britt, 2nd Lt. Roy V. Bryson, 2nd Lt. Frank Calabrese, 2nd Lt. Vernon E. Janssen, 2nd Lt. Floyd W. Prilliman, 2nd Lt. Melvin G. Steffan, 2nd Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease.

Britt, Robert O., 1Lt, pilot                                           Bryson, Roy V., Jr., 1Lt, pilot

Calabrese, Frank (NMI), 1Lt, pilot                            Janssen, Vernon E., 1Lt, pilot

McCready, John E., Jr., S/Sgt, gunner                       Prilliman, Floyd W., 1Lt, navigator

Satterwhite, Henry C., Capt, pilot                              Steffan, Melvin G., 1Lt, pilot

Vantrease, Edwin C., 1Lt, bombardier

 

447th BS War Diary:  Additional Narrative for April 1945

End of Month Report:

On General Order No. 69, dated 2 April 1945, from 12th AF.

                              2nd Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease (bombardier), 1st OLC to the Air Medal

 

On General Order No. 82, dated 19 April 1945, from 12th AF.

                              1st Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease (bombardier), 2nd OLC to the Air Medal

 

447th BS War Diary:  Additional Narrative for June 1945

End of Month Report:

On General Order No. 125, dated 7 June 1945, from 12th AF.

                              1st Lt. Edwin C. Vantrease, bombardier, Soldier’s Medal

 

I can account for 45 combat missions, from Jan thru Apr 45 – he may have more, but I don’t have all the mission reports/crew lists for that period

Jan 45               3

Feb                   9

Mar                  19

Apr                  14 = Total    45

(Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st BG Historian)

hi! my name is audrey, and frank calabrese was a relative of mine. do you have more information on him? i`ve been told he was shot down over germany. thanks!

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