ALKIRE, CLARENCE ADAM, Second Lieutennt, # 0-740326, USAAF
Clarence A. Alkire was born on 5 December 1920 in Franklin Co., Ohio to Clarence Alkire ( -1924) and Verna M. ( ) Kinzel nee Alkire (1900- ). His mother married Victor Emmanuel Kinzel (1892-1951). He was married to Jo Ann Akire. Insufficient data is available to accurately honor this veteran. Please use the contact page to provide information.
He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, employed by the Columbia Steel Co., resided at 819 E. 11th St., Pittsburg, Contra Costa Co., CA, and described himself as 5’11”, 153 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Mateo Co., California, on 3 April 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 November 1943 a C-46A Commando, # 41-12409, assigned to 10th Air Force, 30th Troop Carrier Group, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Yunnanyi, China. The C-46 crashed in Burma and has not been found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His step-father, Victor E. Kinzel, born 20 January 1982, served in the U.S. Army during WWI, # 3544429, 309th Engineers, Co. B, from 23 July 1918 to 6 June 1919. He died 1 August 1951 and is buried in the Saint Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne, Franklin Co., Ohio.