Julian W. Messerly As Sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Julian flew in the Red Growler, a B-24H/J Liberator. His position was gunner. In 1943, the unit flew out of Station 137 Lavenham Base in Suffolk, England, an area that has now reverted to farm land. 
As part of the preparations for the D-Day invasion, the Red Growler went on a mission to bomb Munster, Germany on May 30, 1944. Flak damaged the Red Growler crashed into the North Sea, all but one crew member was saved.
- Unit: 3rd Air Division, 487th Bomber Group Heavy, 838th Bomber Squadron, serving under 2nd Lt Walter W. McCarty in the Red Growler.
- Crewmates:F/O Raymond G. Spoerl (navigator), 2nd Lt Walter W. McCarty (pilot), 2nd Lt Willard J. George (bombardier), F/O Richard S. Atkins (co-pilot), Sgt Robert L. Williams (gunner), S/Sgt Keith E. Coles (gunner), Sgt Fred C. Sweeney (radio operator), Sgt Thomas W Craig (flight engineer)not pictured, Sgt Henry W. Blaha (gunner)
- Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart. 
- Memorial: His name appears on the Wall of the Missing atCambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Cambridge, England.
- Height 70 inches weight 164lbs in 1943 when he was enlisted at Camp Dodge Herold on 17 Feb 1943. His residence at the time of enlistment was Fort Dodge, Iowa. .
- Julian's training was in Herington, Kansas. 
|Air Medal||Purple Heart|
|1,943||McCarty Crew of "Red Growler" - 838th Squadron (likely taken in Herington, Kansas)
Standing left to right: F/O Raymond G. Spoerl (navigator), unknown, 2nd Lt Walter W. McCarty (pilot), 2nd Lt Willard J. George (bombardier), F/O Richard S. Atkins (co-pilot)
- ^ (source)
- ^ Note at US Memorial site
- ^ U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 ancestry.com (fee)
- ^ http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/McCartyCrew.shtml