41-24749

 

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. They were:

                                            Pilot                             FO Max S. Gillespie                            T-193065

                                            Co-Pilot                       FO Stephen B. Pound Jr.                     T-131175

                                            Crew Chief                  Cpl Donald W. Stage                           19055357

                                            Radio Operator            TSgt Frank A. Radics Jr.                      35542739

The next-of-kin were listed as:

                                           Gillespie          Will Gillespie, F, Rte 1, Blackwell, OK

                                           Pound              Stephen B. Pound, F, RFD B, Live Oak, FL

                                           Radics              Rose Radics, M, 708 W. Wayne St., South Bend, IN

                                           Stage                Wilbur W. Stage, B, 1336 S. 5th St., Missoula, MT

GILLESPIE, MAX STEWART, Flight Officer, # T-193605, USAAF

 

Max S. Gillespie was born 15 November 1916 in Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma, to John William “Will” Gillespie (1892-1982) and Rosa Edith (Weisenberger) Gillespie (1892-1980) (OH) (married 22 December 1915 in Kay Co., OK). A brother was Leo Verdun Gillespie (1918-1988) (OK). He was married to Edna Mae (Thompson) Gillespie on 20 July 1939 in Blackwell, OK.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at RFD 1, Blackwell, OK, and described himself as 6’, 165 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. 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).

 

His brother, Leo V. Gillespie, born 20 July 1918, served in the USAAF from 7 February 1941 to 10 September 1945 and in the USAF from 12 July 1951 to 11 December 1952 (WWII and Korea). He died 16 December 1988 in Enid, Garfield Co., OK, and is buried in the Blackwell Cemetery, Blackwell, OK.