41-20100         C53

 

A Douglas Aircraft C-53 Skytrooper (a paratroop variant of the C-47/DC-3), # 42-20100, 10th Air Force, 1303rd AAF Base Unit, crashed on 6 December 1944 in Bhagalpur, India, in the Ganges River. The crew were:

 

                                           Pilot                 1stLt Thomas E. Dick             0-675485         KIA – drowned

                                                                   Sgt Howard J. Kleinsmith                                Rescued

                                                                  Cpl Raymond C. Bunnell                                 Rescued

DICK, THOMAS EDGAR, First Lieutenant, # 0-675485, USAAF

 

Thomas E. Dick was born on 7 July 1917 in Rocky Ford, La Junta Co., Colorado, to Henry Clay Dick (1871-1963) and Martha Aisalee (Nichols) Dick (1887-1972). Siblings included Quinton Roosevelt Dick (1919-1938), Gladys Mabel Dick (1920-1993), Mildred Elizabeth Dick (1991-1993), Nell Leona Dick (1923-1999), Gertrude Evelyn Dick (1924-2015), Arlene Ruth E. Dick (1926-1969), Franklin Floyd Dick (1927-2000), and half-siblings Harold Clayton Dick (1903-1989), Percy Eugene Dick (1905-1968), Francis Earl (Dick) Stephenson (1908-1921), Theodore Ellsworth Dick (1908-1981), and Ida May Dick (1909-1911). He was married on 3 August 1937 in Klanath, Oregon, to Alta Henrietta Edwards on 3 August 1937 and they had a daughter, Irene Rae Dick (1937-2006). He was married to Pearl Gertrude Brewer (1918-1991) in 1940 and they had two children.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, resided at RFD 2, LaJunta, Otero Co., Colorado, employed by Montgomery Ward Co., and described himself as 5’10”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he received flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. A Douglas Aircraft C-53 Skytrooper (a paratroop variant of the C-47/DC-3), # 42-20100, 10th Air Force, 1303rd AAF Base Unit, crashed on 6 December 1944 in Bhagalpur, India, in the Ganges River. His body was lost. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Theodore E. Dick, born 2 October 1908, served in the USAAF, Staff Sergeant, # 39210366, an armorer and gunner, 4127th AAF Base Unit, McClellan Field, California, from 23 July 1943 to 24 September 1945. He died on 10 July 1981 in Eugene, Oregon. He was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leafe Clusters, and the Distinguished Flyings Cross with an Oak Leafe Cluster.

 

His brother, Franklin F. Dick, born 16 December 1927, served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from 2 December 1948 to 21 August 1952. He died on 4 June 2000 in El Cajon, Sandiedo Co., California and is buried in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.