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 flown 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.

 

His brother, Charles A. Helm, was born 7 August 1914 in Adams County, Indiana, residing in Florida, enlisted in the USAAF on 11 August 1944 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. He died 7 July 2006 in San Diego, California.

Marjorie Helm

Jesse J. & Pansy Helm

MINOR, ALONZO ROBERSON, Lieutenant Colonel, # 0-260585, U.S. Army

 

Alonzo R. Minor was born on 11 November 1906, in Milledgeville, Georgia, to Walter Harvil Minor (1876-1944) and Emma Pearl (Dye) Minor nee Palmer (1884-1959). Siblings included Walter H. Minor Jr., M.D. (1904-1990) and Roy Palmer Minor (1911-1997) (married 4 November 1903, GA). He was married to Olive “Ollie” (Salter) Minor (1915-1994) on 24 August 1933, in Aiken Co., South Carolina. Siblings included Walter Harvel Minor, Jr., M.D. (1904-1990) and Roy Palmer Minor (1911-1997).

 

On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 41-23889 (converted to ferry passengers and cargo), Lt. Col. Minor was a passenger, 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 flown 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.