PITTARD, CHARLES AUGUST, Technical Sergeant, # 39251123, USAAF

 

Charles A. Pittard was born 13 April 1921 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to Charles Pittard (1884-1924) (Liverpool, Lancashire, England) and Emma Louise (Mathison) Pittard (1894-1975) (MA) (married 13 July 1915, Lawrence, Essex, MA). In 1941, he married Helen L. Fox. The 1930 census for Methuen, Essex Co., Massachusetts shows: Byron Hill Playdon (1902-1993), florist, Mabel (Mathison) Playdon (1904-1979) (Sweden), Raymond Mathison (1911-    ) (Sweden), Evelyn Pittard (1918-    ) (1940 a student nurse), and Charles Pittard (1921-1943). Living with the family in 1920 (Charles, Emma L., and Evelyn Pittard) was his paternal grandmother, Sophia (Dawson) Pittard (1846-1926) (England).

 

He registered the WW II draft 14 February 1942, giving his address as Long Beach, California. He then worked for Pacific Borax Company and described himself as 5’6”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 4 August 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He was the Radio Operator and a gunner on the B-24D. He was able to parachute from the B-24D but was captured soon after landing and was imprisoned in the Moulmein prison and the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison). Like many prisoners of the Japanese, he suffered from medical neglect, malnutrition and disease. He died in captivity in 8 June 1944 while a POW. His remains were recovered from Rangoon cemetery, grave # 182, by the Graves Registration team led by Capt. Corley and, with some 40+ others, were placed aboard the C-47B which crashed into the Bay of Bengal in monsoon storms flying from Rangoon, Burma, to Calcutta, India. The lost C-47A aircraft was never found. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

WAGONER, ORBRA ADDRON, Staff Sergeant, # 35163717, USAAF

 

Orbra A. Wagoner was born 2 October 1919 in Jamestown, Boone County, Indiana to Albert Solomon Wagoner (1867-1931) and Flora Ida May (Smith) Wagoner (1882-1963). A brother was Thomas Clyde Wagoner (1913-1963).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 9 July 1941 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Indiana. Cross trained as a radio operator and gunner, he bailed out of the B-24D as it was plunging to earth. He was soon captured and imprisoned in the Rangoon Cantonment as a POW. He was freed about 4 May 1945 and, with medical care, was returned to the U.S. He was honorably discharged 31 October 1945. He died while a patient in a Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 10 December 1982. He was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Jamestown, Indiana.

 

His brother, Private First Class Thomas Clyde Wagoner, Service # 35371901 (1913-1963), enlisted in the USAAF 17 September 1942. He married Annabella Blanton (1918-1990) in Hendricks, Indiana on 10 January 1946. He served during WW II in Europe in the 8th Tactical Air Combat Squadron for three years and was honorably discharged 3 Jan 1946. He died of metastases cancer of the larynx at age 49 on 4 March 1963 at the V.A. Hospital in Indianapolis. His wife survived him, residing at 6322 West 10th St., Indianapolis, IN. He is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Jamestown, IN. She is buried there as well.