On 7 October 1944, a C-47, # 41-18546, assigned to 14th Air Force, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo mission with passengers (manifest not with MACR on fold3.com) to Chengtu, China. It was last contacted by radio by the Kunming air traffic control and ordered to return to Kunming because of an enemy air raid. It crashed and the crew was killed. After recovery, he was buried in the Rosehill Cemetery, Hebron, Nebraska.

YEOMAN, FRANK HEATH, Staff Sergeant, # 14041999, USAAF

 

Frank H. Heath was norn on 26 September 1915 in Lessburg, Lee Co., Georgia, , to Solomon J. Yeoman (Gromans) (1879-1966) and Caroline “Carrie” Gay (Bunkley) Yeoman (1884-1954). Siblings included Solomon Joseph Yeoman Jr. (1905-1959), Goode Bunkley Yeoman (1907-1954), Virginia King (Yeoman) Forrester (1910-1991), William Randall Yeoman (1913-1981) and Mary Blanche Yeoman (1920-1993). He married Sarah Kathryn Brown on 5 July 1942 in Panama City, Bay Co., Florida.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at Box 351, Brewton, Escambia Co., Alabama, employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and described himself as 5’4”, 130 lbs, with red hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF 4 August 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 7 October 1944, a C-47, # 41-18546, assigned to 14th Air Force, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo mission with passengers (manifest not with MACR on fold3.com) to Chengtu, China. It was last contacted by radio by the Kunming air traffic control and ordered to return to Kunming because of an enemy air raid. It crashed and the crew was killed. He was buried in the Leesburg Cemetery, Leesburg, Lee Co., Georgia.

 

His brother, William R. Yeoman, born 3 March 1913, served in the U.S. Army from 15 January 1941 to 16 September 1945. He died 25 November 1981 and is buried in the Leesburg Cemetery.