SEIDEL, KENNETH LEROY, Private First Class, # 37313558, USAAF
Kenneth L. Seidel was born on 10 April 1921 in Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, to Paul John Seidel (1898-1959) and Hattie S. (Larson) Seidel (1900-1932). Siblings included Loren P. Seidel (1926-2017), Dorothy Eleanor Seidel (1927- ).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942 and described himself as 5’10” 165 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46. He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas to India. On 29 January 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24739, assigned to 10th Air Force, Eastern Sector, Station 11, Misamari, India, departed the airfield at Chanyi, China, at 0904 Zulu, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) returning to Misamari, India. The C-46 departed Misamari, India, on 29 January 1944 at 0408 Zulu and arrived at Chanyi, China, at 0811 Zulu, same date. It departed Chanyi at 0940 Zulu for Misamari. A “Request News” was sent after the expiration of its ETA. Chanyi reported the C46 landed there at 1446 Zulu. On 31 January 1944 Kunming was queried about the C46. No answer was received. On 2 February, a C46 was instructed to land at Kunming and verify the status of 41-24739. That C46 reported that 24739 had not landed at Kunming (erroneous msg) and that Kunming reported 24739 landed at Mohanbari, India, on 29 January at 1444 Zulu. A msg to all ATC fields in China got no reports. On 3 February 1944, 24739 was reported missing. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Loren P. Seidel, born 8 January 1926, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Corporal, 1st Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He died 4 July 2017 and is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Missouri.