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S/SGT  Denzil E. FERGUSON

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: AIRMAN DIED 8-23-89

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT   JAMES J. BOVENZI                     P FEH
F/O        JOHN A. STEFANUCCI               CP FEH
2ND LT   JAMES C. BARTLETT, JR.        NAV FEH    TAPS 3/27/89
T/SGT   LOUIS E. BERARD                    TTE FEH    
T/SGT   WILBERT H. CHRISTIANSEN     ROG FEH   TAPS 12/14/75
T/SGT   ROBERT H. DI SANDRO             NG FEH
S/SGT   DENZIL E. FERGUSON              WG FEH    TAPS 8/23/89
S/SGT   EDWARD A. GEORGE               BTG FEH
S/SGT   EDWARD J. KOCH                     TG FEH 

418th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined 100th Gp on 18/2/45 (18 Feb 45)

MISSIONS: 

APRIL 3, 1945-KEIL                            337636 LD-W   MALFUNCTION JUNCTION    HARDSTAND 49
APRIL 10, 1945-BURG-bei-MADEBURG    338945 LD-F    DUFFY'S TUFFYS                HARDSTAND 48

CHOWHOUND:
MAY 2, 1945  SCHIPHOL AF- HOLLAND  338945 LD-F    DUFFY'S TUFFYS                 HARDSTAND 48

MEMO 2:

Just for some background, an old friend of mine John Stefanucci was a co-pilot in the 100th. While doing a little research I found pilot and crew information too. I'll attach that photo for perspective. Anyhow one of the crew members, many years later wrote this poem. I thought you all would find it fitting on todays special day. Thanks to all vets and enjoy the poem and pic. 

MY CREW

The queen has given up her throne; 
The eagle no more leaves her nest. 
Her silver wings are folded now. 
The flying fort has come to rest. 
But some of us can still recall 
Her fame in days that are long gone by 
When she was hailed the queen of all 
And mistress of the sky. 
I still recall the names of men 
I flew with long ago. 
There's George and Koch and Christensen; 
Berard, who engineered the show. 
Bovenzi rode the pilot's seat; 
A better man I never knew. 
And Johnny Steffenucci was a good co-pilot, too. 
Disandro was our togglelier; 
Skinner Bartlett blazed the way; 
And I just went along because 
They wouldn't let me stay. 
I wonder where the old gang went 
Since we busted up the crew. 
And do they see in dreams sometines 
Our gallant lady, too? 
In regal solitude she'd sit; 
Waiting eagerly to fly; 
Needing but our pilot's touch 
To send her hurling through the sky. 
I smile to think of how we'd joke 
At our early morning meal 
And laugh and banter just to hide 
The nervousness we'd feel. 
I seem to hear Bovenzi's voice 
As he would calmly say 
"There's bandits in the area boys 
And heading straight this way." 
And when we'd have it pretty rough 
We'd hear old Skinner's southern drawl, 
"I hope you've got your prayer book, Ferg; 
We'll likely need it in this brawl." 
Then oe'r the channel once again; 
See southward pier of Felix Stowe, 
And heave a lusty thankful sigh; 
We'd but a few more miles to go. 
We'd bring our fortress smoothly down 
Upon Thorpe Abbott's landing strip 
To wait the coming of the dawn 
While sweating out another trip. 
There were no heroes on our crew; 
Just nine flack-happy, shook up guys 
Who flew the forts to hell and back 
Through angry, flaming skies.
Written by Daniel Ferguson 

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PHOTOS:

2nd Lt James Bovenzi Crew (left to right) Kneeling:  Edward A. George, Louis E. Berard, John A. Stefanucci, James J. Bovenzi
Standing: Unknown, James C. Bartlett, Jr., Denzil E. Ferguson, Edward J. Koch, Wilbert H. Christiansen, and Robert N. Disandro  Archives) 

 This is a shot of 2nd Lt. Leader and Lt Bovenzi crew. Dad (John Seablom) is sitting at the far left Wilber Cohen (standing far Left), L-R Top: Robert DiSandro (sitting on top of concrete), Wilbert Christiansen (sitting next to DiSando), Louis Berard (third from left), Ed George (far back), Norman Lighthiser (far right).L-R Front: Charles Conway,  Denzil Ferguson, Ed Koch Detailed information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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