Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green
WORLD WAR II HONOR ROLL
Douglas C. Banks
Second Lieutenant Douglas C. Banks served in the U.S. Army Air Forces, 570th Bomber Squadron, 390th Bomber Group. He died on May 28, 1944, and is buried in Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avoid, France. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Ellis E. Bloomfield
Ellis E. Bloomfield, Seaman First Class, entered the service in January 1942. On April 12, 1943, he was transferred to the destroyer U.S.S. Isherwood, DD-520, which was assigned to convoy and patrol duty in the North Atlantic. In November 1943, Ellis moved to the Pacific where his ship was based on Attu Island, in the Aleutians. In August, the U.S.S. Isherwood went to the South Pacific, where it was hit by a Japanese suicide plane in the battle of Okinawa. Ellis died on April 22, 1945.
Staff Sergeant James Cathcart, a ball-turret gunner on a B-17 Fortress bomber in the 860th Bomber Squadron, 493rd Bomber Group, was killed in action over Germany on September 19, 1944. He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and, posthumously, the Purple Heart. He is buried in Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avoid, France.
Rollin N. Conwell, Jr.
First Lieutenant Rollin N. Conwell, Jr., U.S. Marine Air Corps, was killed in an airplane crash in the South Pacific area on May 4, 1944. He is memorialized at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Frederick H. Good
Second Lieutenant Frederick Good was a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 823rd Bomber Squadron, 38th Bomber Group. He was stationed in the Philippines when his plane disappeared on February 5, 1945. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Wilfred U. Johnson
Lieutenant (j.g.) Wilfred U. Johnson was a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, class of 1944. No information is available on the nature of his death.
Walker D. Keller
PFC Walker D. Keller served in the U.S. Army. No information is available on the nature of his death.
James E. McMillan
Captain James E. McMillan, Army Air Force, died in a plane crash on Luzon in the Philippines on April 4, 1945. He received the Air Medal for meritorious achievement in bombing missions of the Army Air Force against enemy installations, shipping, and bases. His field of operations was New Guinea, Australia, Netherlands East Indies, and the Philippines. He entered the service in February 1941.
Robert H. Portsch
Second Lieutenant Robert H. Portsch was the pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress on March 14, 1945, when it developed engine trouble and crashed near Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK. Seven airmen parachuted and landed safely; pilot Portsch and the radio operator, Douglas Seavert of Cleveland Ohio, were killed. In 1988, Portsch and Seavert were honored by Lowestoft residents with streets named after them in the suburb of Carlton Colville. More information is available here.
Harry G. Quinn
Lieutenant (j.g.) Harry G. Quinn was a commercial pilot when he enlisted in the Navy Air Corps in October 1942. He was an instructor for student flyers at the Norman Air Base in Norman, Oklahoma, when he died in a plane crash on February 4, 1944.
Frederick S. Rowe, Jr.
Captain Frederick S. Rowe, Jr., a Marine Pilot and a member of the first Marine aircraft carrier group, was killed in an air crash in the Pacific on June 3, 1945. Frederick first enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in May 1941, but the following year he transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps. He is memorialized at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lt. Donald H Stott (center). 434th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14629 L2-S “Shoo Shoo Baby”
Donald H. Stott
First Lieutenant Donald H. Stott entered the service as an Army Air Corps cadet in 1942. After serving in the China-Burma-India Theatre, he returned to the U.S. and transferred to fighter pilot training, receiving his wings in October 1944. He was assigned to a Mustang Fighter Base in England and participated in bomber escort and strafing missions over enemy territory. He was awarded the Presidential Air Medal citation, Oak Leaf with Clusters, and the Purple Heart. He was forced down in Germany on April 16, 1945, while on a strafing mission.
Kenneth R. Struble
Second Lieutenant Kenneth R. Struble was a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces. According to his brother, Richard, he was a co-pilot of a B-24 Liberator in Italy when his plane crashed. He was 23 years old.
Arthur L. Teall
Lieutenant (j.g.) Arthur L Teall entered the U.S. Naval Reserve November 1941. While a pilot aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga, he was reported missing in action on November 5, 1943. It was later learned that he was captured and imprisoned in Rabaul. No further trace of him was discovered after January, 1944. Arthur was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross "for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a pilot of a dive bomber during operations against the strongly fortified Japanese-held harbor of Rabaul, New Britain, on November 5, 1943." He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.
First Lieutenant Warren O. Van Winkle, a B-24 Liberator bomber pilot, was killed in action in a raid over Germany on May 12, 1944, after he had been on 27 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. He was a 1939 Bloomfield High School graduate and is buried in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, NJ.
Robert William Vaughan
Lieutenant (j.g.) Robert William Vaughan was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was killed in action on July 19, 1944. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.