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1st Lieutenant James L. Anderson US Army Air Forces

James Lee Anderson born 23 December 1921 in Lonoke County, Arkansas to Janie K. Benson(b.1889 Arkansas-d.1930 California) Age 32 and Oscar Russell Anderson(b.24 Feb 1894 Arkansas-d.8 Oct 1967 Hughson, California) Age 28.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in Tulare, Tulare County, California. 1935 living in Lindsay, Tulare County, California. 1940 census Age 18 living in US Army quarters as a private with the 76th Field Artillery in Monterey, Monterey County, California. Married Miss Bernice Lorene Ewing (b.1919 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas-d.1972). Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant James L. Anderson O-525844 US Army Air Forces 9th Troop Carrier Squadron 63rd Troop Carrier Group was the pilot of the C-47 41-18637 which took off from Grenada AAF, Grenada Mississippi on 21 October 1943 at 19:15 on a night-time cross-country navigation mission. While on finals back at Grenada AAF around 22:40, both engines reportedly cut. The airplane struck two large trees, shearing off the wings and stabilizers. It crashed into the wood and caught fire one-half mile southwest of Grenada airfield. All five onboard were killed. 1Lt Anderson's remains were shipped to Brady, Texas and interred in the Live Oak Cemetery, Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 21 Oct 1943


Technical Sergeant William P. Barnett Jr. US Army

William Page Barnett, Jr. born 16 January 1906 in Hamilton County, Texas to Addie Belle Parkhill(b.1888 Hunt County, Texas-d.1972 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 16 and William Page Barnett(b.1884 Texas-d.1961 Texas) Age 21.

1910 census Age 4 living with his parents and one sister and his great-grandfather in JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. 1920 census Age 14 living with his parents and two siblings in JP3 Erath County, Texas. Married Miss Fairris Shelton in Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas on 15 December 1929. 1930 census Age 24 living with his wife Farris in JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. 1935 living with his wife in Carlton, JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. 1940 census Age 34 living with his wife in Carlton, JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Carlton, JP8 Hamilton County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his wife Farris as next of kin. William P. Barnett Jr. asn-38231130 a married white male born 1906 in Texas and residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a stock clerk with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Texas on 28 October 1942. Newspaper↙.

Technical Sergeant William P. Barnett Jr. 38231130 US Army 872nd Airborne Engineers. The 872nd Airborne Engineers were sent in from Nadzab, New Guinea in September 1943 to Gusap, New Guinea to develop an all-weather airfield, including complete servicing and repair facilities and runways to handle 200 transports daily. TSgt Barnett died in New Guinea on 6 October 1943 as a non-battle casualty the exact cause not found, reported as an accident. His remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the New Dublin Cemetery (now the Live Oak Cemetery) at Dublin, Erath County, Texas on 1 July 1948.

DNB 6 Oct 1943


1st Lieutenant Houston L. Braly Jr.↙ US Army Air Forces

Houston Lee Braly, Jr. born 29 January 1922 in Mount Sharp, Hays County, Texas to Vonna Violet Quick(b.1899 Hays County, Texas-d.1982 Brady, Texas) Age 22 and Houston Lee Braly, Sr.(b.1896 Milam County, Texas-d.1988 Brady, Texas) Age 25.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father as next of kin, he was unemployed residing in Dodge. Houston L. Braly, Jr asn-18082860 a single white male born 1922 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas and attending college one year enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 15 June 1942. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Houston L. Braly, Jr. O-756462 US Army Air Forces 383rd Fighter Squadron 364th Fighter Group 8th Air Force piloting a P-51D 44-13797 out of Honington Air Field, England on 2 August 1944 on a combat strafing mission in the area northeast of Paris, France. [MACR 8672a↙ b↙] 1Lt Braly strafed a camouflaged train on a siding, on his fourth pass, out of ammo and following the flight leader, who still had ammo, 1Lt Braly flew through a massive explosion from the train, which ripped off his aircraft's wings and tail. He crash landed in a garden in the front of a house, setting it afire. His remains were buried in the Remy↙ cemetery by locals, and repatriated to Texas in 1948. His remains were reinterred at the Resthaven Cemetery, Brady, Texas on 31 October 1948.

KIA 2 Aug 1944


Aviation Cadet George H. Brewer US Army Air Forces

George H. Brewer born 8 July 1924 in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to Kathryn K.(b.1893 Pennsylvania-d.1969 Pennsylvania) Age 32 and Charles G Brewer(b.1893 Pennsylvania-d.1974 Pennsylvania) Age 31.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents in Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania. 1935 living in Williamsport, Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents in Williamsport, Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania. Registered for the draft in Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania on 14 December 1942 working for Sears and Roebuck and listed his father as next of kin.

Aviation Cadet George H. Brewer 33507669 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 44-C Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 May 1944 on a routine training flight to the White Auxiliary Field 12 miles west of Curtis Field. During a practice landing the plane crashed and burned killing AvC Brewer, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Brewer's remains were shipped to Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania and interred in the Wildwood Cemetery.

DNB 30 May 1944


Aviation Cadet Paul W. Brown US Army Air Forces

Paul Woodard Brown born 4 October 1922 in Chandler, Oklahoma to Oren Esma Woodard(b.1894 Missouri-d.1972 Missouri) Age 28 and Brown(b. -d. ) Age.

1935 living in Archie, Austin Township, Cass, Missouri. 1940 census Age 17 living with his mother and one half-brother in Archie, Austin Township, Cass, Missouri. Paul W. Brown asn-17015569 a single white male born 1922 in Oklahoma residing in Cass County, Missouri unemployed with 4 years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Jefferson Barracks Missouri on 29 October 1940.

Aviation Cadet Paul W. Brown 17015569 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was in a training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1942 on a routine training flight with another trainee aboard, which one was the pilot is unknown, when the plane crashed and burned two miles east of Fife, Texas killing AvC Brown and AvC Johnson, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Brown's remains were shipped to Austin, Cass County, Missouri and interred in the Austin Cemetery.

DNB 16 Oct 1942


Aviation Instructor Richard W. Clark US Army Air Forces

Richard Wayne Clark born 21 November 1912 in Trowbridge, Ottawa County, Ohio to Matilda Helen Lipstraw(b.1888 Ohio-d.1977 California) Age 24 and Wayne Newton Clark(b.1890 Ohio-d.1969 California) Age 22.

1920 census Age 7 living with his parents and one sister in Ward 4 Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. 1930 census Age 17 living with his parents and two siblings in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. 1935 living in same place as 1940 census. 1940 census Age 27 living with his parents and one brother in Ward 15 Toledo City, Lucas County, Ohio and working as an aviation instructor.

Aviation Instructor Richard W. Clark (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 42-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 28 February 1942 on a routine training flight with an instructor trainee aboard, when the plane crashed and burned nine miles east of Curtis Field, killing AvI Clark trying to parachute too late details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI Clark's remains were shipped to Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio and interred in the Toledo Memorial Park cemetery.

DNB 28 Feb 1942


Staff Sergeant Montell Coker US Army Air Forces

Montell Coker born 4 February 1919 in Mart, McLennan County, Texas to Zilpha Baker(b.1882 Bell County, Texas-d.1953 Limestone County, Texas) Age 37 and Richard Key Coker(b.1880 Hill County, Texas-d.1960 McLennan County, Texas) Age 39.

1920 census Age 11mo. living with his parents and three siblings and a grandfather in Cotton Wood, Limestone County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents and three siblings in Precinct 3, Hardeman County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and siblings in Precinct 3, Hardeman County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with his parents and one sister in Precinct 3, Hardeman County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Hardeman County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his father, living in Chillicothe, as next of kin. Montell Coker asn-18157086 a single white male born 1919 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as farm laborer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a Private in San Antonio, Texas on 24 September 1942. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Montell Coker 18157086 US Army Air Forces Central Flying Training Command was flight engineer aboard AT-23B 41-35821 on a routine training flight on 12 May 1944 out of Laughlin Air Field, Del Rio, Texas. SSgt Coker's aircraft was involved in a midair collision↗ with another AT-23B causing it to explode in air. All crewmen in both planes were killed. SSgt Coker's remains were shipped to Waco, Texas and interred in the Rosemound Cemetery.

DNB 12 May 1944


Aviation Instructor Daniel R. Conway US Army Air Forces

Daniel Richard Conway born 9 April 1917 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio to Margaret Mary Nelson(b.1894 Missouri-d.1948 New York) Age 23 and Timothy J. Conway(b.1892 Ohio-d.1965 Ohio) Age 25.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and two siblings in Cleveland Ward 1, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and seven siblings in Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. 1935 living in Shaker Heights, Ohio. 1940 census Age 23 living in US Army quarters as an aviation cadet in Kelly Field, Bexar County, Texas. Married Miss Catherine Johnson of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas on 26 July 1941.

Aviation Instructor Daniel Richard Conway (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 41-B Pilot Training Class was in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 15 September 1941 on a routine training flight with an aviation trainee aboard, when the plane crashed and burned twelve miles southwest of Curtis Field, killing AvC Smith instantly and mortally injuring AvI Conway, he died in the Brady hospital, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI Conway's remains were shipped to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and interred in the Calvary Cemetery.

DNB 15 Sep 1941


1st Lieutenant Carlton H. Crawford↙ US Army Air Forces

Carlton Hord Crawford born 23 August 1921 in Mills County, Texas to Mandy Lee Smith(b.1902 Mills County, Texas-d.1976 San Antonio, Texas) Age 19 and Joshua Perry Crawford(b.1893 San Saba County, Texas-d.1979 Kerrville, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and two siblings as lodgers in Sam Greer's house in Precinct 2, Glasscock County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and two siblings in Voca, Justice Precinct 2, McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin. Carlton H. Crawford asn-18154709 a single white male born 1921 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas and a student with two years of college education enlisted from reserves into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 6 February 1943. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Carlton H. Crawford O-702771 US Army Air Forces 330th Troop Carrier Squadron 513th Troop Carrier Group China Theater, piloting a C-47 transport aircraft out of the Shanghai Airport, China on 26 January 1946 on a routine transport mission to Nanjing, China and attempting a landing in bad weather. The C-47 aircraft crashed↗ into a mountain northeast of Nanjing and burned, all four crewmwn were killed. 1Lt Crawford's remains were buried over there and repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred at the Resthaven Cemetery in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 26 Jan 1946


Aviation Cadet William R. Curl US Army Air Forces

William Richard Curl born 5 May 1920 in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio to Esther Myers(b.1897 Ohio-d.1971 Ohio) Age 23 and William Curl(b.1891 Ohio-d.1969 Ohio) Age 29.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and three brothers in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio. 1935 living in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and three brothers in Ward 2 Youngstown City, Mahoning County, Ohio. William R. Curl asn-15126521 a single white male born Ohio in 1920 residing in Mahoning County, Ohio and working as a machinists with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Columbus, Ohio on 13 November 1942.

Aviation Cadet William R. Curl 15126521 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-D Pilot Training Class was in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 18 January 1944 on a routine training flight with an aviation instructor in the rear seat, while their plane was on the runway another BT-13A landed on top of them at Curtis Field, killing AvC Curl instantly but not injuring the others, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Curl's remains were shipped to Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio and the King Funeral Home for interment.

DNB 18 Jan 1944


Aviation Cadet Robert A. Dinger US Army Air Forces

Robert August Dinger born 21 January 1923 in Pawhauska, Osage County, Oklahoma to Fannie Ethel Davis(b.1903 Missouri-d.1997 Oklahoma) Age 20 and Walter R. Dinger(b.1900 Kansas-d.1988 Oklahoma) Age 23.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and one sister in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. 1935 living in Area B Tulsa City, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and one sister in Area B Tulsa City, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Registered for the draft in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 30 June 1942 and listed his mother as next of kin, working as an engineer in Nome, Alaska.

Aviation Cadet Robert A. Dinger 38468815 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-D Pilot Training Class was piloting a Fairchild PT-19A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 3 September 1943 on a routine training flight and a mile and one-half west of Curtis Field the aircraft went into a spin and AvC Dinger bailed out but not in time, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Dinger's remains were shipped to Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma and interred in the Rose Hill Memorial Park cemetery.

DNB 3 Sep 1943


Aviation Cadet Henry R. Durand US Army Air Forces

Henry Reno Durand born 29 December 1920 in Biddeford, York County, Maine to Celia May Simpson(b.1900 Biddeford, Maine-d.1960 Maine) Age 20 and Henry Durand aka Andre Durant(b.1898 Biddeford, Maine-d.1952 Maine) Age 22.

Married with two children per the Brady Standard-Herald 3 May 1944. He entered the US Army from York County, Maine.

Aviation Cadet Henry R. Durand 31323385 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-D Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 29 April 1944 on a routine training flight and five miles north of Curtis Field the aircraft went into a spin and AvC Durand was not able to bailout in time, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Durand's remains were shipped to Old Orchard Beach, York County, Maine and interred in the Saint Ignatius Cemetery.

DNB 29 Apr 1944


Aviation Cadet Sergeant Odell N. Edmonds US Army Air Forces

Odell Norris Edmonds born 1 February 1922 in Union, Newton County, Mississippi to Elsie Norris(b.1898 Mississippi-d.1971 Mississippi) Age 25 and John Byron Edmonds(b.1887 Mississippi-d.1935 Mississippi) Age 35.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and four siblings in Decatur, Newton County, Mississippi. 1935 living in Decatur, Beat1 Newton County, Mississippi. 1940 census Age 18 living with his mother and three siblings in Decatur, Beat1 Newton County, Mississippi.

Aviation Cadet Sergeant Odell Norris Edmonds 14017135 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 10 October 1942 on a routine cross-country training flight and six miles northwest of Valley Spring, Llano County, Texas (68 mi SE of Curtis Fld) the aircraft crashed, killing Sgt Edmonds instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Sgt Edmonds' remains were shipped to Newton, Newton County, Mississippi and interred in the Masonic Cemetery.

DNB 10 Oct 1942


2nd Lieutenant William T. Engdahl, Jr.↙ US Army Air Forces

William Theodore Engdahl, Jr. born 21 June 1924 in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas to Pattie Mae Cole(b.1903 Fannin County, Texas-d.1984 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 21 and William Theodore Engdahl(b.1900 McCulloch County, Texas-d.1972 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 24.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and two brothers in Precinct 1, McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Rochelle, Justice Precinct 7, McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents and three siblings in Rochelle, Justice Precinct 7, McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in San Antonio, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his mother, residing at Brady, Texas, as his next of kin. William T. Engdahl Jr. asn-18200293 a single white male born 1924 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas working in a filling station with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 2 November 1942.

2nd Lieutenant William T. Engdahl Jr O-773595 US Army Air Forces Flying Training Command was possibly assigned a base in Oregon because he died in a non-battle casualty situation in Deschutes County, Oregon on 4 November 1944, but no details have been found. 2Lt Engdahl is interred in the Rochelle Cemetery in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 4 Nov 1944


Aviation Cadet Jack H. Fletcher US Army Air Forces

Jack Hughes Fletcher born 15 September 1917 in Coahoma County, Mississippi to Lilly Dickey(b.1890 -d.Feb1978 Coahoma, Mississippi) Age 26 and Maurice Warren Fletcher(b.1883 Tennessee-d.Aug1966 Coahoma, Mississippi) Age 34.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and one brother and an uncle in Beat 4, Coahoma County, Mississippi. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and one brother in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi. Registered for the draft in Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi on 16 October 1940 while attending State College and listed his mother, Lillian Fletcher, as next of kin. Jack H. Fletcher asn-14042974 a single white male born 1917 in Mississippi residing in Coahoma County, Mississippi and attending college with 4 years of education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet at Jackson, Mississippi on 31 May 1941. Newspaper↙.

Aviation Cadet Jack H. Fletcher 14042974 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 41-B Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-15 training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 20 October 1941 on a routine training flight just after takeoff the aircraft crashed a quarter mile east of the runway mortally injuring him, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Fletcher' remains were shipped to Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi and interred in the Oakridge Cemetery.

DNB 20 Oct 1941


2nd Lieutenant Barry C. Francks, Jr.↙ US Army Air Forces

Barry Church Francks, Jr. born 3 January 1920 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas to Mabelle Wilson(b.1896 Calvert, Texas-d.1968 San Angelo, Texas) Age 22 and Barry C. Francks(b.1895 Marlin, Texas-d.1963 Abilene, Texas) Age 24.

1920 census Age 11mo. living with his parents, grandmother, and an aunt in Marlin, Falls County, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and a brother in Pct1 Falls County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and a brother in Marlin, Falls County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 12 May 1940 living with his parents and a brother in Brady, Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas, 7 May 1940 living in US Army quarters in Dallas, JP1 Dallas County, Texas as flying cadet. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Barry Church Francks, Jr. O-402594 US Army Air Corps Flying Training Command Instructor was in a Trainer AT-6A Texan two-seater aircraft with Aviation Cadet Joseph C. Foley out of Kelly Airfield Auxiliary #2, Bexar County, Texas on a routine formation training mission on 16 September 1941. After takeoff and at low altitude 2Lt Francks' aircraft↗ was rammed by Lt R. E. Halley's plane about 2 miles east of the airfield. 2Lt Francks and AvC Foley bailed out but their parachutes did not open and fell to their deaths, Lt Halley bailed out and landed safely. 2Lt Francks' remains were interred in the Live Oak Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 16 Sep 1941


Private Walter E. Ince↙ US Army

Walter Edgar Ince born 19 January 1924 in Mercury, McCulloch County, Texas to Lela Henrietta Willborn(b.1904 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas-d.1980 DeLeon, Texas) Age 20 and Floyd Campbell Ince(b.1897 Texas-d.1991 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 27.

1935 living in Lohn, JP4 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his father in Lohn, JP4 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed O. M. Poe, Waldrip, Texas, as next of kin. Married Miss Dorothy Marie Poe in McCulloch County, Texas in 1942, daughter born November 1942 in McCulloch County, Texas. Walter E. Ince asn-38370809 a married white male born Texas in 1924 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a farmer with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as Private in Abilene, Texas on 8 February 1943.

Walter E. Ince 38370809 US Army 103rd Infantry Division Camp Howze, Cooke County, Texas. On 5 June 1943 he was with three other soldiers from the area in an automobile accident over twenty miles west of Brady, Texas in Concho County and AvC McKenna and Pvt Ince were fatally injured, Pvt Ince died 7 June 1943 in the Brady Hospital, details↗ (with year 1942 incorrect) found at the Heart of Texas Museum in AvC McKenna's article. Pvt Ince was interred in the Lohn Cemetery at Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 7 Jun 1943


Aviation Cadet Private 1st Class Allen L. Johnson US Army Air Forces

Allen LeRoy Johnson born 18 November 1920 in Marion, Grant County, Indiana to Drucilla Rosia Murphy(b.1902 Indiana-d.1990 Indiana) Age 18 and Sylvester Cleo Johnson(b.1899 Indiana-d.1970 Indiana) Age 21.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and two siblings in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. 1935 living in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and two sisters in Ward 1, Marion, Center Township, Grant County, Indiana. Allen L. Johnson asn-15063189 a single white male born 1920 in Indiana residing in Grant County, Indiana unemployed with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private in Ft Benjamin Harrison, Indiana on 10 July 1941.

Aviation Cadet Private 1st Class Allen L. Johnson 15063189 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was one of two students in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1942 on a routine training flight and two miles east of Fife, North McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Johnson and AvC Brown instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pfc Johnson's remains were shipped to Marion, Grant County, Indiana and interred in the Estates of Serenity cemetery.

DNB 16 Oct 1942


Aviation Cadet Private 1st Class Lewis J. Kastelic US Army Air Forces

Lewis J. Kastelic born 24 August 1922 in Pennsylvania to Katarina Kozjan(b.1886 Austria-d.1951 ) Age 36 and Anton M. Kastelic(b.1885 Austria-d.1961 ) Age 37.

1935 living in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and three siblings in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Lewis J. Kastelic asn-13047230 a single white male born 1922 in Pennsylvania residing in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and working in a metal shop with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on 2 January 1942.

Aviation Cadet Private 1st Class Lewis J. Kastelic 13047230 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 42-K Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 13 September 1942 on a routine cross-country training flight to Westbrook, Mitchell County, Texas when 20 miles southeast of Big Spring, in Howard County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Kastelic instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pfc Kastelic's remains were shipped to Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

DNB 13 Sep 1942


Flight Officer Howard L. Kilmer↙ US Army Air Forces

Howard Leroy Kilmer born 19 Jan 1923 in McCulloch County, Texas to Ethel Blanche Sansom(b.1902 Texas-d.1984 Brady, Texas) Age 21 and William Newman Kilmer(b.1891 Texas-d.1970 Brady, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas. Howard L. Kilmer asn-18040860 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in McCulloch County, Texas unemployed with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 18 June 1941. Newspaper↙.

Flight Officer Howard L. Kilmer T-060141 US Army Air Forces 349th Bombardment Squadron 100th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the co-pilot of B-17G 42-31731 on 6 March 1944 out of Thorpe Abbotts Air Field, England on a combat bombing mission to Berlin, Germany. [MACR 3019↙] The B-17 was shot down by enemy fighters and crashed↗ at Uptloh, near Quackenbruck, Germany. F/O Kilmer and eight other crew were killed and one was captured. F/O Kilmer's remains were buried there until 1949 and then repatriated to America and reinterred at the Placid Cemetery in McCulloch County, Texas.

KIA 6 Mar 1944


2nd Lieutenant Leonard W. Kirk↙ US Army Air Forces

Leonard W. Kirk born 1920 in McCulloch County, Texas to Nannie Lee Woodard(b.1891 Alabama-d.1984 Texas) Age 30 and Leonard Lawson Kirk(b.1891 Texas-d.1957 Texas) Age 30.

1930 census Age 9 living with his mother(divorced) and one sister in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his mother in grandmother's house in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Leonard W Kirk asn-18057458 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in McCulloch County, Texas and working as a cashier with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as aviation cadet at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 12 November 1941. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Leonard W. Kirk O-661496 US Army Air Forces 359th Bombardment Squadron 303rd Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the co-pilot on the B-17F 41-24608 on 3 January 1943 out of Molesworth Airfield, England on a combat bombing mission to target U-boat pens at Saint Nazaire, France. [MACR 15720↙] 2Lt Kirk's B-17 was shot down by anti-aircraft flak and crashed↗ into the Bay of Biscay↙. 2Lt Kirk and six other crew were KIA and not recovered. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Cambridge American Cemetery in Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

KIA MIA 3 Jan 1943


Staff Sergeant Vernon E. Lane US Army Air Forces

Vernon E. Lane born 16 January 1922 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Zela Juanita Yarborough(b.1907 Voca, Texas-d.1973 Llano County, Texas) Age 15 and Johnny James Lane(b.1904 Krebs, Oklahoma-d.1944 McCamey, Texas) Age 18.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and one brother in Pct2 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Voca, Pct2 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and three brothers in Voca, Pct2 McCulloch County, Texas. Vernon E. Lane asn-18056700 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Tom Green Count, Texas working as a student with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 2 August 1941. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Vernon E. Lane 18056700 US Army Air Forces 69th Service Squadron 63rd Service Group was wounded by enemy bombing of his location and he sustained what turned out to be a fatal injury to one leg by bomb fragments. The severely injured leg was amputated in the hospital at Papua-New Guinea, but SSgt Lane died there on 13 October 1943. His remains were buried there or in Australia until after the war when he was repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred at the Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas.

DOW 13 Oct 1943


Aviation Cadet Private 1st Class Everall H. Lemley US Army Air Forces

Everall Harold Lemley born 8 February 1920 in West Virginia to Della Labeatrice Gates(b.1893 West Virginia-d.1927 West Virginia) Age 27 and Grover Cleveland Lemley(b.1892 West Virginia-d.1975 West Virginia) Age 28.

1930 census Age 10 living with his father and step-mother and three siblings in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. 1935 living in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. 1940 census Age 20 living with his father and step-mother and five siblings in Williams Magisterial District, Wood County, West Virginia. Two years a cadet in the US Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. 1940-1942.

Aviation Cadet Private 1st Class Everall H. Lemley 13047230 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-I Pilot Training Class was the student pilot with an instructor pilot in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 26 May 1943 on a routine training flight and one and a half miles southwest of Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Lemley and AvI McLaurin instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pfc Lemley's remains were shipped to Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia and interred in the Parkersburg Memorial Gardens cemetery.

DNB 26 May 1943


Technical Sergeant Jesse G. McCoy↙ US Army Air Forces

Jesse Granville McCoy born 25 August 1923 in Calf Creek, McCulloch County, Texas to Manerva Malinda Attaway(b.1888 Texas-d.1978 Texas) Age 35 and James Arthur McCoy(b.1887 Texas-d.1955 Calf Creek, Texas) Age 36.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and six siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. Enlisted for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father as next of kin. Married Miss Lois Oleta Sharp 19 December 1943 and they have one son. Newspaper↙.

Technical Sergeant Jesse G. McCoy 38370030 US Army Air Forces 547th Bombardment Squadron 384th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the top turret gunner in the B-17G 43-38800 on 30 November 1944 out of Grafton Underwood Airfield, England on a combat bombing mission to the target↙ in Zeitz, Germany. [MACR 11111a↙ b↙ c↙ d↙ e↙ f↙] The bomber↗ was over the target and hit by anti-aircraft flak causing internal and external fires, in the smoke and panic four crewmen bailed out, but the plane did make it back home with five crewmen. TSgt McCoy was probably shot by enemy forces while descending in his parachute and landing 2Km southwest of Meuselwitz, Germany, he was statused as MIA and the Germans never confirmed his status leading to a Finding Of Death one year later. His grave was found in Meuselwitz and in 1949 repatriated to America and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery in Brady, Texas.

KIA 30 Nov 1944 FOD 1 Dec 1945


Aviation Cadet James A. McKenna US Army Air Forces

James Aloysius McKenna, Jr. born 22 December 1923 New York to Mildred C.(b.1897 New York-d. New York) Age 26 and James A. McKenna Sr.(b.1887 New York-d. New York) Age 36.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and one brother in Assembly District 1, New York City, Queens County, New York. 1935 living in New York City, Queens County, New York. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and one brother in 3042 23d St., Assembly District 1, New York City, Queens County, New York. James A. McKenna asn-12087410 a single white male born 1923 in New York residing in Queens County, New York and working as a shipping and receiving clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private in New York City, New York on 11 July 1942.

Aviation Cadet James A. McKenna 12087410 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment Pilot Training Class was a student pilot in training at Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas. On 5 June 1943 he was with three other soldiers from the area in an automobile accident over twenty miles west of Brady, Texas in Concho County and AvC McKenna and Pvt Ince were fatally injured, AvC McKenna died 5 June 1943 in the Brady Hospital, details↗ (with year incorrect) found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC McKenna's remains were shipped to Astoria, Queens County, New York and interred in the Calvary Cemetery.

DNB 5 Jun 1943


Aviation Instructor Marion E. McLaurin US Army Air Forces

Marion Eugene McLaurin born 21 November 1916 in Lincoln County, Mississippi to Mary Kate Sasser(b.1888 Mississippi-d.1970 Louisiana) Age 33 and John C. McLaurin(b.1887 Mississippi-d.1968 Louisiana) Age 34.

1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and two brothers in Police Jury Ward 5, De Soto Parish, Louisiana. 1935 living in Mansfield, Police Jury Ward 4, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. 1940 census Age 23 living as a lodger in Mansfield, Police Jury Ward 4, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana working as a grocery salesman.

Aviation Instructor Marion E. McLaurin (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-I Pilot Training Class was the instructor pilot with a student pilot in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 26 May 1943 on a routine training flight and one and a half miles southwest of Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Lemley and AvI McLaurin instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI McLaurin's remains were shipped to Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana and interred in the Highland Cemetery.

DNB 26 May 1943


Aviation Instructor Jessie E. Medley US Army Air Forces

Jessie Ellis Medley born 13 August 1910 in Weinert, Haskell County, Texas to Annie Mae Edwards(b.1883 Benton County, Arkansas-d.1959 Haskell, Texas) Age 27 and Jessie Wiley Medley(b.1880 Missouri-d.1933 Haskell County, Texas) Age 30.

1920 census Age 9 living with his parents and three siblings in Haskell, Haskell County, Texas. 1935 living in Santa Rosa, Guadalupe, New Mexico. Married Miss Velma Louise Gibson 1 June 1936. 1940 census Age 29 living with his wife Velma in Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico as owner of a drug store and cafe. Registered for the draft in Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico on 16 October 1940 and listed his wife as next of kin. Volunteered as Instructor with US Army Air Corps July 1942.

Aviation Instructor Jessie E. Medley (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was the instructor pilot with a student pilot in a Fairchild PT-19A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 11 May 1943 on a routine training flight and two miles west of White Auxiliary Field, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing AvC Wardell and AvI Medley instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI Medley's remains were shipped to Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico and interred in the Evergreen Cemetery.

DNB 11 May 1943


Staff Sergeant Edward H. Nance, Jr.↙ US Army Air Forces

Edward Hollie Nance, Jr. born 6 January 1921 in Doole, McCulloch County, Texas to Annie Pearl Windham(b.1900 Brown County, Texas-d.1956 San Angelo, Texas) Age 21 and Edd Hollie Nance(b.1900 Runnels County, Texas-d.1978 San Angelo, Texas) Age 21.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and two sisters in Pct8 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct8 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and three siblings and a grandfather in Cottonwood, JP3 Callahan County, Texas. Edward H. Nance, Jr. asn-18025469 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as farm labor with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas on 15 May 1941. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Edward H. Nance, Jr. 18025469 US Army Air Corps 60th Troop Carrier Squadron 63rd Troop Carrier Group was the flight engineer on a DC-3 42-47379↗ out of South Plains Army Air Field, Lubbock, Texas on 16 December 1942 towing a CG-4A glider being ferried with destination Victorville Air Force Station, California. When on the night time take-off at Blythe Airfield↗, California the DC-3 collided with the unmanned cargo glider and eight Army airmen were killed in the crash, including SSgt Nance. His remains were shipped to Texas and interred in the Pear Valley Cemetery, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 16 Dec 1942


Private T. J. Nobles US Army Air Forces

T. J. Nobles born 9 November 1922 in Scurry County, Texas to Violet Lucile Mosely(b.1903 Texas-d.1985 Brady, Texas) Age 19 and Ellis Leo Nobles(b.1902 Texas-d.1978 Brady, Texas) Age 20.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct 4 Burnet County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and five siblings in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father in San Angelo, Texas as next of kin.

Private T. J. Nobles 38370823 US Army Air Forces 853rd Engineers Battalion, Aviation was a passenger aboard the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers on 26 November 1943 when she was hit↗ by a German missile off Algeria and sunk, 1,138 men were killed including 1,015 American troops. Pvt Nobles is still MIA and remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial Tablets of the Missing in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

KIA MIA 27 Nov 1943


1st Lieutenant George C. Parker↙ US Army Air Forces

George Coleman Parker born 14 October 1921 in Placid, McCulloch County, Texas to Ida Samford(b.1890 Brown County, Texas-d.1984 Placid, Texas) Age 31 and George Calvin Parker(b.1877 Arkansas-d.1950 Placid, Texas) Age 44.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and seven siblings in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and five siblings in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 February 1942 and listed his father as next of kin. George C. Parker asn-18103606 a single (widower) white male born Texas in 1921 residing in McCulloch County, Texas being unemployed with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 18 March 1942.

1st Lieutenant George C. Parker O-672401 US Army Air Forces 413th Bombardment Squadron 96th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the pilot of B-17 42-3261 out of Snetterton Heath Airfield, England on 13 December 1943 on a combat bombing mission to target near Hamburg, Germany. [MACR 1655 illegible] 1Lt Parker's B-17 was shot down by anti-aircraft flak and crashed↗ near Pulverweg, Germany, but seven crew were able to bailout and be captured. 1Lt Parker and two others were killed. 1Lt Parker's remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Placid Cemetery in McCulloch County, Texas.

KIA 13 Dec 1943


Aviation Cadet Donald T. Paul US Army Air Forces

Donald Theodore Paul born 22 July 1919 in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa to Bertha Mabel Wilbur(b.1885 Iowa-d.1965 California) Age 34 and Henri D. Paul(b.1876 Illinois-d.1934 Iowa) Age 43.

1925 Iowa census Age 5 living with his parents and three siblings in Black Hawk Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and four siblings and grandmother in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and two sisters in Ward 2, Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Registered for the draft in Black Hawk County, Iowa on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother as next of kin. Married Miss Thelma Alice Gorman in 1941. Donald T. Paul asn-17119322 a married, with one child, white male born 1919 in Iowa residing in Black Hawk County, Iowa working as a routeman with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private at Des Moines, Iowa on 9 September 1942.

Aviation Cadet Donald T. Paul 17119322 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 September 1943 on a routine training flight and after flying 22 miles northwest of the airfield near Lohn, Texas he crashed and was killed, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Paul's remains were shipped to Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa and interred in the Fairview Cemetery.

DNB 30 Sep 1943


1st Lieutenant Vernon J. Reed US Army Air Forces

Vernon J Reed born 5 Oct 1920 in Little Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York to Harriet E(b.1894 New York-d. ) Age 27 and Percy E 'Jack' Reed(b.1896 New York-d. ) Age 24.

1925 NY census Age 4 living with his parents in Collins, Erie County, New York. 1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and a brother in Ward 4 Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania. 1935 living in Ward 4 Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania. 1940 census Age 19 and a soldier with A Company 9th Infantry living in Ft Sam Houston, Area D San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas. Graduated at Williams AAF, Arizona on 5 September 1942. Married Miss Dorothy Simms in Boise, Idaho on 18 Sep 1942 while at a B-17 training base. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Vernon J. Reed O-729563 US Army Air Forces 342nd Bombardment Squadron 97th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the bonbardier on B-17F 42-2982↗ (aka 42-5133) out of Chateaudun-du-Rhumel Airfield, Algeria on 17 April 1943 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Palermo, Italy on the island of Sicily. [FOD-MACR 16527a↙ b↙ c↙] Before reaching the target the B-17 was shot down and crashed into the sea. All of the crew was statused as MIA, and one year later statused as FOD. 1Lt Reed is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa↗ American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

KIA MIA 17 Apr 1943


2nd Lieutenant William R. Roberts, Jr. US Army Air Forces

William Riley Roberts, Jr. born 28 March 1917 in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas to Vera Arabelle White(b.1898 Brown County, Texas-d.1975 Brady, Texas) Age 19 and William Riley Roberts(b.1898 Texas-d.1960 Brady, Texas) Age 19.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and siblings in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and siblings in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and siblings in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 23 living with his parents and siblings in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother, in Rising Star, as next of kin. William R Roberts Jr asn-18065694 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas and a student in Texas A&M college with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Dallas, Texas on 2 November 1941. Married Miss Margaret Juanelle Sparks on 2 May 1943. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant William R Roberts Jr O-547750 US Army Air Forces 758th Bombardment Squadron 459th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the bombardier on B-24H 41-29501↗ out of Giulia Airfield, Italy on 25 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission to an enemy target but they crashed on takeoff and the entire crew↙ was killed. 2Lt Roberts' remains were buried there and in 1949 were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas on 24 March 1949.

KIA 25 Apr 1944


Aviation Cadet Glenn M. Rotegard US Army Air Forces

Glenn Merlin Rotegard born 21 February 1918 in Hilger, Fergus County, Montana to Lena Marie(b.1890 Minnesota-d.1994 Minnesota) Age 28 and Olaf C Rotegard(b.1892 Minnesota-d.1964 Minnesota) Age 26.

1930 census (Glenwood) Age 12 living with his parents and two siblings in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 1935 living in same house as in the 1940 census. 1940 census (Glenwood) Age 22 living with his parents and two siblings in Ward 12, Minneapolis, Minneapolis City, Hennepin County, Minnesota working as a shipping clerk. Glenn Merlin Rotegard registered for the draft in Hennepin County, Minnesota on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin, was a student at University of Minnesota. Glenn M. Rotegard asn-17114406 a single white male born 1918 in Montana residing in Hennepin County, Minnesota working as a salesman with 4 years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a Private in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 9 September 1942.

Aviation Cadet Glenn M. Rotegard 17114406 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-A Pilot Training Class was the student pilot with an instructor pilot in a training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 3 August 1943 on a routine training flight and crashed at the White Auxiliary Field, 12 miles west of Curtis Field in McCulloch County, Texas, killing AvC Rotegard but uninjured AvI Olson, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Rotegard's remains were shipped to Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota and interred in the Ft Snelling National Cemetery.

DNB 3 Aug 1943


Aviation Cadet Houston W. Savage US Army Air Forces

Houston Wilson Savage born 1 December 1921 in Olivia, Calhoun County, Texas to Cora Maude Hart(b.1880 Texas-d.1959 Texas) Age 41 and Joseph Johnson Savage(b.1875 Texas-d.1942 Texas) Age 46.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct 3 Calhoun County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct 3 Calhoun County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and 2 nieces and 1 nephew in Pct 3 Calhoun County, Texas. Houston W. Savage asn-18056677 a single white male born 1921 in Texas residing in Calhoun County, Texas working at a petroleum plant with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a Private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 31 July 1941.

Aviation Cadet Private Houston W. Savage 18056677 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 42-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-15 training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 17 January 1942 on a routine training flight and while approaching Curtis Airfield to land, the aircraft crashed and burned, killing AvC Savage instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pvt Savage's remains were shipped to Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas and interred in the Palacios Cemetery.

DNB 17 Jan 1942


Sergeant James H. Segrest US Army Air Forces

James Herman Segrest born 17 May 1923 in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas to Sarah Frances Matlock(b.1890 San Saba County, Texas=d.1931 Brady, Texas) Age 33 and James David Segrest(b.1885 Lee County, Texas-1966 Brown County, Texas) Age 38.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and five siblings in Pct7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Rochelle, Pct7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his father [mother passed 1931] and two siblings in Rochelle, Pct7 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father as next of kin.

Sergeant James H. Segrest 38370014 US Army Air Forces 9th Bombardment Squadron 7th Bombardment Group 10th Air Force was the gunner/photographer on B-24J 42-73311↗ out of Pandaveswar, India on 21 January 1945 on a combat bombing mission to a target on Ramree Island, Burma. The B-24 crashed and burned just one mile after takeoff killing all of the crew↙ members. Sgt Swgrest's remains were buried there until after the war then repatriated to Texas and reinterred in the Rochelle Cemetery in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas on 27 May 1948.

DNB 17 Jan 1942


1st Lieutenant Jackman M. Shattuck US Army Air Forces

Jackman Morrill Shattuck born 25 August 1916 in Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts to Gretchen Richardson(b.1889 Roxbury, Mass-d.1985 ) Age 27 and Edmund J. Shattuck(b.1887 Norwood, Mass-d.1962 ) Age 29.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and one brother in Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and one brother in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Jackman M. Shattuck asn-11030939 a single white male born 1916 in Massachusetts residing in Norfolk County, Massachusetts being a college student with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Boston, Massachusetts on 14 July 1941. Married.

1st Lieutenant Jackman M. Shattuck O-436541 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment Pilot Training Class Instrument Instructor was sent 28 May 1943 to retrieve a training aircraft out of a cultivated field where a cadet had downed it two miles west of Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas. 1Lt Shattuck, alone in the plane, attemped to takeoff but crashed into a tree sustaining fatal injuries, dying on 30 May 1943 in the Brady, Texas Hospital, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. 1Lt Shattuck's remains were shipped to Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts and interred in the Highland Cemetery.

DNB 30 May 1943


Aviation Cadet Dale N. Smith US Army Air Forces

Dale Newton Smith born 3 November 1916 in Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa to Mary Fredricka Henriksen(b.1897 Iowa-d.1984 Iowa) Age 19 and Edward Lee Smith(b.1895 Iowa-d.1977 Iowa) Age 21.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and one brother in Fullers house in Marion Ward 1, Linn County, Iowa. 1925 Iowa census living with his divorced mother and one brother in Fullers house in Linn, Linn County, Iowa. 1930 census Age 13 living with his divorced mother and one brother in Marion, Linn County, Iowa. Graduated Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in June 1938, worked for the Federal Land Bank in Omaha, Nebraska February 1939 to April 1941. Registered for the draft in Douglas County, Nebraska for the Linn County, Iowa board on 16 October 1940, listed his mother, Mary Fredricka Blake, as next of kin. Dale N. Smith asn-17030442 a single white male born 1916 in Iowa residing in Douglas County, Nebraska working as an accountant with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Omaha, Nebraska on 26 April 1941.

Aviation Cadet Dale N. Smith 17030442 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 41-B Pilot Training Class was in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 15 September 1941 on a routine training flight with an aviation instructor aboard, when the plane crashed and burned twelve miles southwest of Curtis Field, killing AvC Smith instantly and fatally injuring AvI Conway, Conway died in the Brady hospital, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Smith's remains were shipped to Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa and interred in the Riverside Cemetery.

DNB 15 Sep 1941


Aviation Cadet William H. Wardell US Army Air Forces

William Henry Wardell born 28 March 1917 in Leadville, Lake County, Colorado to Hazel Clyde Glover(b.1898 Colorado-d.1992 Sonoma County, California) Age 19 and Henry Sutcliffe Wardell(b.1894 Colorado-d.1942 Alameda County, California) Age 22.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and one sister in grandmother's house in Leadville Ward 2, Lake County, Colorado. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and two sisters in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. 1935 living in the same place as the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 23 living with his parents and two sisters in West Point Judicial Township, Calaveras County, California. William H. Wardell asn-39082853 a single white male born 1917 in Colorado residing in Calaveras County, California working as a miner with 4 years of high school education was drafted into the US Army Air Corps as a Private at Presidio of Monterey, California on 13 October 1941.

Aviation Cadet William H. Wardell 39082853 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was the student pilot with an instructor pilot in a Fairchild PT-19A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 11 May 1943 on a routine training flight and two miles west of White Auxiliary Field, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing AvC Wardell and AvI Medley instantly, details↗ found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Wardell's remains, it is suggested, were shipped to Alameda County, California where his mother lived in Alemeda city, but the burial cemetery is unknown.

DNB 15 Sep 1941


2nd Lieutenant Burl T. Wiley, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Burl Tankersley Wiley, Jr. born 13 August 1922 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Annie Lee Keyser(b.1893 Erath County, Texas-d.1981 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 29 and Burl Tankersley Wiley(b.1890 Lampasas County, Texas-d.1980 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and a sister in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and a sister and grandfather in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Brady, Texas on 30 June 1942 employed at the Brady Aviation School and listed his father as next of kin. Burl T Wiley Jr asn-18095319 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working at Brady Aviation School with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Curtis Field, Brady, Texas on 31 October 1942. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Burl T. Wiley, Jr. O-772623 US Army Air Forces 28th Bombardment Squadron 19th Bombardment Group was the pilot on B-29 42-24873↗ out of a Guam Airfield on 3 May 1945 on a combat bombing mission to the target in Japan where the B-29 was hit by flak and lost fuel. They ditched 80 miles off shore in Shimonoseki Strait, Japan. 2Lt Wiley and five crew were killed, five were rescued by a US Navy submarine. 2Lt Wiley and the other five lost crewmen are still missing. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii.

KIA MIA 3 May 1945