His brother, Darrel L. McWhirk, born 30 June 1922, served in the U.S. Navy, a MM3c, # 6639070.

Transport TA-133. The 5 June 1932 published a piece of humor from Darrell McWhirk, entiled “Spring.” He died 28 July 2008 in Yuba City, Sutter Co., CA.

 

His brother, Elwood L. McWhirk, born 14 December 1927, served in the U.S. Army from 11 January 1946 to 31 March 1966, He died 15 November 1994.

 

His father, born 7 November 1892, served during WWI, a Corporal, # 4711363, with the 138th Engineer Corps, U.S. Army; enlisted 5 September 1918 and was honorably discharged 3 December 1918. He died 4 July 1951 and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Spokane, Washington.

CITRON, JAMES MOUDES, Second Lieutenant, # 0-557954, USAAF

 

James M. Citron was born on 7 October 1917 in Roseland, Kansas, to Edmond E. Citron (1867-1940) and Vesta Anna (Easler) Citron (1879-1961). Siblings included Sarah M. Citron (1905-1993)  and Edna Mabel (Citron) Humphreys (1911-1999). Living with them in 1930 was his nephew, Edmund M. Humphreys (1929-    ). He was married to Darline Olive (Carlson) Wininger nee Citron (1918-2007), with whom he had a daughter.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, was employed by Pacific Tire & Rubber Co., resided at 5104 Fairfax Ave., Oakland, California, and described himself as 5’ 11 ½”, 175 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 8 July 1942. He was trained as a navigator on the B-25 Mitchell and earned his commission and 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.