AMSLER, WALTER SCOTT “SCOTTY”, JR., First Lieutenant, # 072065, USAAF

 

Walter S. Amsler Jr. was born on 28 November 1921 in Temple, Bell Co., Texas, to Walter S. Amsler (1881-1967) and Alta (Harper) Amsler (1881-1950); second spouse – Mozelle Blow (Branson) Amsler. He graduated from the University of Texas. He played trumpet in the band.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 2402 Rio Grande, Austin, Texas, a student at the University of Texas, and described himself as 6’1”, 155 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. He noted a scar over his right eye. He completed flight instruction schools, was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. He was a passenger on board. His remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the McGregor Cemetery, McGregor, McLennan Co., Texas, in 1948. He was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.

HAMMACK, HENRY DORRAH, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-695904, USAAF

 

Henry D. Hammack, Jr., was born 1921 in Sturgis, Union Co., Kentucky, to Henry D. Hammack (1895-1962) and Ben Alice Hammack (1901-1992). Siblings included Judy (Hammack) Shields (1920-2015), Esthel W. (Hammack) Edwards (1922-2009), William G. Hammack (1923-    ), Ellen Francis Hammack (1926-2005), and Louis E. Hammack (1927-2017), Helen E. Hammack (1929-    ), Jean Hammack (1931-    ), Warren Hammack (1933-    ), and Julia Hammack (1935-    ).