POUND, STEPHEN BALDWIN, JR., Flight Officer, # T-131175, USAAF

 

Stephen B. Pound Jr. was born on 10 April 1924 in Live Oak, Florida to Stephen B. Pound (1884-1954) and Annie Lee (Corbett) Pound (1899-1958). Siblings included Herman Ray Pound (1932-1934), Marjorie Joyce Pound (1925-2010), Sarah Frances (Pound) Gately (1928-1975), and Barbara Ann Pound (1936-2010).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by Fred Brooks, resided at 1456 Ingleside Ave., Jacksonville, Duvall Co., FL, and described himself as 5’10”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Blanding, Florida, on 19 February 1943. After enlisting, he completed pilot training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 25 May 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24749, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, India-China Wing, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a cargo mission to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It crashed into a mountainside enroute and the crew was killed. The remains of the crew were indistinguishable and were buried in a group grave and ceremony in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 26 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 183).

STAGE, DONALD W., Corporal, # 19055357, USAAF

 

Donald W. Stage was born 18 February 1923 in Missoula, Montana, to Ward Herman Stage (1881-1940) (SD) and Anna Ruby (Gruba) Stage (1888-1932) (MICH) (married 12 June 1911 in Day, SD). Siblings included Wilbur Ward Stage (1915-1966).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Missoula, Montana, on 31 October 1941. He was trained to repair and maintain the mechanical systems of the C-46 Commando and was the crew chief. He was sent overseas to India. On 25 May 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24749, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, India-China Wing, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a cargo mission to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It crashed into a mountainside enroute and the crew was killed. The remains of the crew were indistinguishable and were buried in a group grave and ceremony in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 26 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 183).

 

His brother, Wilbur W. Stage, born 16 May 1915, served in the U.S. Navy (Reserves), a SP3, during WWII. He died 12 May 1966 in Missoula, Montana and is buried in the Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, Montana.