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9th AIRFORCE

Jesse Paul Wilhite

And his missions during World War II.
Included are the names & ranks of crew members
that were present at the time of these missions.

9th USAF-9th Bomber Command-513th Sqd.-376th Group

Mission #1

Bengazi, Lybia
August 25, 1943-Target Foggia, Italy  M/Y.

A/C #40
No. 1-2nd Element
"B" Section

P--1st Lt. Lear, D.E.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.P.
N--1st Lt. Grigg, W.H.
B--1st Lt. Gekas, J.W.
E--T/Sgt. Fisher, L.G.
RO--T/Sgt. Byers, R.G.
WG--S/Sgt. Lindeman, B.V.
WG--S/Sgt. Holbrook, M.B.
TG--S/Sgt. Keller, R.L.
CG--Cpl. Stokes, G.F.

#40 Turned back due to late take off and
inability to catch formation because #2
engine was cutting out.
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Mission #2

Bengazi, Lybia
August 28, 1943-Target: Taranto, Italy M/Y.

A/C #45
No. 2-3rd Element
"A" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
E--S/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.P.
RO--S/Sgt. Key, H.R.
WG--Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.P.
WG--Sgt. Deadoin, K.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.B.
TG--Sgt. Randel, R.T.

#45 Reported A/A-heavy, barrage and aimed,
inaccurate. and no E/A.  No damage to the
A/C.
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Mission #3

Bengazi, Lybia
August 31, 1943-Target: Pescara, Italy

A/C #41
No. 3-1st Element
"C" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.J.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.P.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.E.
E--S/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.P.
RO-S/Sgt. Key, H.E.
WG-Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.P.
WG-Sgt. Beaudoin, K.R.
AG-Sgt. DeWitt, C.B.
TG-Sgt. Randel, R.T.

A/C #41 reported no A/A, 2 enemy fighters
stayed in vicinity for approx. 20 minutes.
Made a half hearted pass.
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Mission #4

Bengazi, Italy
September 3, 1943-Target: M/Y at Sulmona, Italy

A/C #41
No. 2-2nd Element

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.J.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.P.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.E.
E--S/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.P.
RO-S/Sgt. Key, H.E.
WG-Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.P.
WG-Sgt. Beaudoin, K.R.
AG-Sgt. DeWitt, C.B.
TG-Sgt. Randel, R.T.

E/A Downed by Gunners as follows:
(from this group above are)

Sgt. Tatrowicz; 1
Sgt. Randel; 1 Damaged
Lt. Garcia; 1 probable

No report on A/C #41, however, report as follows:
Several B-24's were shot down by E/A.  None from
the 513th.
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Mission #5

Bengazi, Italy
September 8, 1943-Target: A/D Foggia, Italy: Satellite #2.

A/C #45
No. 2-3rd Element
"A" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.J.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.P.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.W.
E--S/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.
RO--S/Sgt. Kay, H.
WG--Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--Sgt. Beaudoin, K.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--Sgt. Randel, R.T.

A/C #45 Turned back due to failure of No. 2 Engine.
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Mission #6

Bengazi, Italy
September 9, 1943-Target: A/D Satellite #1, Foggia, Italy.

A/C #45
No. 3-1st Element
"B" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.J.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.P.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.E.
E--S/Sgt. Tabacynski, J.
RO--S/Sgt. Kay, H.E.
WG--Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--Sgt. Beaudoin, K.R.
TG--Sgt. Randel, R.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.

A/C #45 Turned back-Oil syphoning out of #1 Engine.
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Mission #7

Bengazi, Italy
September 12, 1943-Target Maritza A/D, Rhodes.

A/C #48
No. 3-2nd Element
"A" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
E--S/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.
RO--Sgt. Kay, H.
WG--Sgt. Beaudoin, K.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--Sgt. Randel, R.
WG--Sgt. Curry, J.

A/C #48 Turned back due to #4 supercharger.
All ships reported no E/A or A/A.
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Mission #8

Bengazi, Italy
September 14, 1943-Target: M/Y at Pescara, Italy.

A/C #41
No. 2-3rd Element
"B" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.J.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.P.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.E.
E--S/Sgt. Tabacaynski, J.
RO--S/Sgt. Kay, H.R.
WG--S/Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--S/Sgt. Beaudoun, K.
AG--S/Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--S/Sgt. Randel, R.T.

All 513th A/C reported no enemy opposition.
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Mission #9

Bengazi, Italy
September 16, 1943-Target: M/Y at Potenza, Italy.

A/C #45
No. 3-2nd Element
"A" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.J.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.P.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.E.
E--S/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.
RO--S/Sgt. Kay, H.E.
WG--Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--Sgt. Beaudoin, K.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--Sgt. Randel, R.

All ships reported no E/A or A/A.
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Mission #10

Bengazi, Italy
September 18, 1943-Target: Pescara M/Y. Italy.

A/C #54
No. 3-2nd Element
"B" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
E--T/Sgt. Tressler, W.
RO--S/Sgt. Kay, H.
WG--Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--Sgt. Beaudoin, K.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--Sgt. Randel, R.

No Report.
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Mission #11

Bengazi, Italy
September 22, 1943-Target: Athens/Eleusis A/D, Greece.

A/C #71
No. 3-2nd Element
"A" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
E--S/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.
RO--S/Sgt. Kay, H.E.
WG--Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--Sgt. Beaudoin, K.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--Sgt. Randel, R.

No Reported E/A from this plane.
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Mission #12

October 1, 1943-Target: Wiener-Neustadt Airframe Works, Austria.

A/C #40
No. 3-3rd Element
"B" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.J.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.E.
E--T/Sgt. Tressler, W.
RO--T/Sgt. Huneke, G.C.
WG--Sgt. Beaudion, K.
WG--Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
AG--Sgt. DeWitt, C.B.
TG--S/Sgt. Allis, B.S.
CG--S/Sgt. Stokes, G.F.

A/C #40 landed in Brindisi leaving T.Sgt. Huneke in hospital
with Malalia.  A/C well holed throughout.
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Mission #13

October 4, 1943-Target: Athens Tatoi, Greece.

A/C #45
No. 2-3rd Element
"A" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
E--S/Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
RO--T/Sgt. Huneke, G.C.
WG--S/Sgt. DeWitt, C.
WG--S/Sgt. Moore, I.
TG--S/Sgt. Allis, B.

No Report.
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Mission #14

October 5, 1943-Target: Athens/Eleusis A/P

A/C #45

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
E--S/Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
RO--T/Sgt. Huneke, G.C.
WG--S/Sgt. DeWitt, C.
WG--S/Sgt. Moore, I.
TG--S/Sgt. Allis, B.S.

A/C #45 Reported - 9 chutes from A/C.
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Mission #15

October 9, 1943-Target: Calato A/D Rhodes

A/C #40
No. 2-1st Element
"B" Section

P--2nd Lt. Crawford, C.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
E--T/Sgt. Tabacaynski, J.
RO--S/Sgt. Furnell, P.
WG--S/Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--S/Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--S/Sgt. Allis, B.

No E/A or A/A reported on this mission.
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Mission #16

October 10, 1943-Target: Calato A/D Rhodes.

A/C #47
No. 1-3rd Element
"B" Section

P--1st Lt. Fogel, E.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--1st Lt. Guillermin, J.
B--1st Lt. Gill, T.
E--T/Sgt. Larzelere, W.
RO--T/Sgt. Snodgrass, D.
WG--S/Sgt. Wildermuth, W.
BT--S/Sgt. Magaram, H.
TG--S/Sgt. Lipps, R.
O--1st Lt. Gekas, J.

Very little A/A reported on this mission.
No E/A reported on this mission.
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Mission #17

October 19, 1943-Target: R.R. Bridge N. of Campomarine.

A/C #47
No. 1 Flight D

P--1st Lt. Fogel, E.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--1st Lt. Grigg, W.
B--1st Lt. Gill, T.
RO--T/Sgt. Snoddgrass, D.
E--T/Sgt. Larzelere, W.
WG--T/Sgt. Tressler, W.
WG--S/Sgt. Wildermuth, W.
BT--S/Sgt. Magaram, H.
TG--S/Sgt. Lipps, R.
CG--S/Sgt. Stokes, G.

This was a low level mission on the bridge.
There was no enemy action reported.
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Mission #18

October 21, 1943-Target: R.R. Bridge NW of Orvieto, Italy.

A/C #41
No. 3-3rd Element
"A" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
RO--T/Sgt. Key, H.
E--T/Sgt. Tabacznshi, J.
WG--S/Sgt. Moore, I.
WG--S/Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
TG--S/Sgt. DeWitt, C.
CG--S/Sgt. Stokes, G.

6 ME-109's showed up but did not attack.
No A/A.
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Mission #19

Last Mission before the disappearance of Plane & crew.

October 24, 1943-Target: Wiener-Neustadt, Austria.

A/C #40
No. 3-3rd Element
"B" Section

P--2nd Lt. Turner, K.
CP--2nd Lt. Wilhite, J.
N--2nd Lt. Garcia, A.. 
B--2nd Lt. Burton, J.
RO--T/Sgt. Key, H.
E--T/Sgt. Tabaczynski, J.
WG--S/Sgt. Tatarowicz, B.
WG--S/Sgt. DeWitt, C.
TG--S/Sgt. Allis, B.S.
CG--S/Sgt. Stokes, G.

A/C #40 Landed at Brindisi for gas.  Took off from Brindisi,
later contacted this landing field.  At this time plane is 
believed lost with all hands.
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