CORPORAL TREAT PAYNE “HOMER” ANDREW JR., U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

December 1, 1923 (New Haven, CT) – April 15, 1945; 21 years old; unmarried
Last local address: Westview Lane, Norwalk
Enlisted July 10, 1943
Service number: 31336925
15th air force, 485TH Bomb GROUP, 830th Bomber Squadron

Awarded the Air Medal

Corporal Andrew served as a Top Gunner on B-24L #44-49024, 830th Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, during World War II. Killed In Action when his B-24 was hit by flak and crashed 15 miles West South West of Venosa, Italy.

Airmen who perished on B-24L (#44-49024)

Andrew, Treat P, Jr ~ Corp, Connecticut
Bengivengo, Joseph ~ Corp, New Jersey
Jackson, W H ~ Corp, California
Larkin, Robert N ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, Massachusetts
McCall, George H, Jr ~ Corp, Virginia
O’Malley, Robert B ~ Corp, Missouri
Perry, Joseph ~ 2nd Lt, New York
Turner, Barryon L ~ 2nd Lt, Maine
Yelland, George C ~ Sgt, California

Front Row, L – R:  Robert N. Larkin, Pilot; Barryon L. Turner, Co-Pilot; Joseph Perry, Bombardier, and John R. Sellers, Navigator.

Back Row, L – R:  George Yelland, Engineer; Joseph Bengivengo, Gunner; Treat (Homer) Andrew, Gunner; George McCall, Gunner; Robert B. O’Malley, Gunner, and W.H. Jackson, Radio Operator.

The previous photo was taken in November of 1944 at March Air Force Base.  Lt. Larkin’s crew arrived at Venosa in December, 1944.  Nine members of the crew were killed in late March or early April, 1945, when their plane crashed near Mt. Vulture shortly after take-off.  One crew member, John Sellers, was switched to another crew during briefing that day and survived the war.  Sellers also bailed out over Zara, Yugoslavia while flying with Lt. Clarence Adams’ crew on February 23, 1945, was rescued by the Partisans, and returned to duty. 

Corporal Andrew is buried at Grove Cemetery, 1 Cross Street, Naugatuck CT; Central Section, Plot 77, top of hill.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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