A group (Baldi, Brenner, Evans, Litton, O’Brien, Rush, Ursillio, Woods, Bischoff, Clark, Helm, Minor, Rosser, Troy, Wheatley) burial ceremony was held 10 November 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 82, Grave 103).

 

His brother Edward J. Rosser, born 10 April 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland, registered for the WW II draft in 1941, employed by Cliff Davis Sky Harbor Airport. He described himself as 6’, 175 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He served in the USAAF.

CLARK, JOHN D., First Lieutenant, # 0-794529, USAAF

 

John D. Clark was the son of Eva (Thomas) Clark, 6525 Wuerpal St., New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Tulane University. He received training as a pilot and was the co-pilot of the B-24D. On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 41-23889 (converted to ferry passengers and cargo), 1stLt Clark as co-pilot, departed Chabua, India, at 7:40 a.m., to fly to Kunming, China. At 10:45 a.m., over the Himalayas, the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed. B-24D, # 41-23889, near Jorhat, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016). The B-24D piloted by Captain Rosser was last contacted by radio at about 1200 hours.  The Chabua field had zero visibility. A group burial was held 10 November 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.