GINTHER, RICHARD F., Major, # 0-406136, USAAF

 

Richard F. Ginther was born in 1917 in Michigan to Glen L. Ginther (1887-1953) and Ethel L. (Johnson) Ginther (1886-1970)  (married in 1910, Grand Traverse Co., Michigan). Siblings included Jack G. Ginther. William Anthony Ginther (1915-2003). He completed four years of college. He was married to Julia B. Ginther of 710 N. Westmoreland, Orlando, Florida.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF on 28 July 1940 at Fort Custer, Michigan, he completed pilot training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, “Miz Matilda,” # 41-30010, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427 Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a utility mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Its last radio contact was at 27° 32’ North and 95° 16’ East, 9 miles south of the Brahmaputra River, in the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medals.

 

His brother, William A. Ginther, born 14 November 1915 served in WWII. He died 31 December 2003 and is buried in the Oakwood Catholic Cemetery, Traverse City, Michigan.

MCWHIRK, WILLIAM ALANSON, First Lieutenant, # 0-774253, USAAF

 

William A. McWhirk was born 1 December 1923 in Roseville, Placer Co., California to David Vernon McWhirk (1892-1951) and Bessie Emiline (Taylor) Butzbach nee McWhirk (1899-1986). The first spouse of David V. McWhirk was Myrtle G. (Strebel) Overturf nee McWhirk (1897-    ), with whom he had a daughter, Mary Lou Alice McWhirk Overturf (1917-1982). Siblings included Darrel Lloyd McWhirk (1922-2008), Charles Earnest McWhirk (1923-1951), Iris June (McWhirk) Hunt (1925-1998), Elwood Lawrence McWhirk (1927-1994). The 1940 census shows his mother divorced. He was married Florence E. (Elwood) McWhirk on 1 November 1944 in California. Half-siblings through David V. McWhirk’s third spouse, Winifred Jane (Walker) McWhirk (1897-1968).

He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 1136 Count St., Redding, Shasta Co., CA, employed by Bell Telephone, and described himself as 5’9”, 158 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed pilot training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, “Miz Matilda,” # 41-30010, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427 Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a utility mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Its last radio contact was at 27° 32’ North and 95° 16’ East, 9 miles south of the Brahmaputra River, in the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

His twin brother, Charles E. McWhirk, served in the USAF, a fighter pilot, Captain, enlisted 15 April 1944 in the USAAF, and was killed in action during the Korean War. MACR on Republic F-84E Thunderjet, # 49-2401; 522nd Fighter Escort Squadron, 27th Fighter Escort Group, Bergstrom AFB, Texas. Assigned to napalm an enemy gun emplacement near Tongulung-ni, North Korea, and crashed during the attack. He is listed on the National Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. He was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, USAF Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart, among other awards.