MACDONALD, DONALD C., First Lieutenant, # 0-669079, USAAF

 

On 12 February 1944, he was the bombardier/navigator of the B-25-D, # 41-30369, assigned to 491st Bomb Squadron, 341st Bomb Group, detached to 5320th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed Dinjan air base, India, on combat mission to bomb and provide offensive reconnaissance. Darkness came shortly after aircraft crossed the Hump. The aircraft did not return from its mission. No search made. Ground troops notified. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines.

SMALL, GEORGE A., Staff Sergeant, # 35502890, USAAF

 

George A. Small was born in 1916 in Ohio. He enlisted in the USAAF on 21 June 1942 in Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, residing in Montgomery, Ohio. Trained in the mechanical maintenance of the B-25, he was the engineer, on 12 February 1944, of the B-25-D, # 41-30369, assigned to 491st Bomb Squadron, 341st Bomb Group, detached to 5320th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed Dinjan air base, India, on combat mission to bomb and provide offensive reconnaissance. Darkness came shortly after aircraft crossed the Hump. The aircraft did not return from its mission. No search made. Ground troops notified. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines.

HUTCHINSON, DAVID HENRY, Staff Sergeant, # 32405194, USAAF

 

David H. Hutchinson was born in 1920 in Clinton, Massachusetts, to David Hutchinson (1895-1983) (Ireland – immigrated 1915) and Helen A. (Moylan) Hutchinson (1894-1932) (New York). Siblings included Eileen Elizabeth Hutchinson (1924-1996) and Elizabeth Esther Hutchinson (1928-1999). In 1930 his father drove a truck for a carpet mill.

 

He lived in Kings County, New York and enlisted on 14 July 1942 at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York. Trained in the radio operations & interphone maintenance of the B-25, he was the radio operator, on 12 February 1944, of the B-25-D, # 41-30369, assigned to 491st Bomb Squadron, 341st Bomb Group, detached to 5320th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed Dinjan air base, India, on combat mission to bomb and provide offensive reconnaissance. Darkness came shortly after aircraft crossed the Hump. The aircraft did not return from its mission. No search made. Ground troops notified. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines.

BURKE, CARR R., Staff Sergeant, # 6290314, USAAF

 

Carr R. Burke was born on 20 August 1918 in Centralia, Trinity County, Texas, to Benjamin Burke Jr. (1880-1925) and Harriet (Watson) Burke (1881-1969) (widowed), a farmer. A brother was Bennie Arguile Burke (1918-1979). In 1930 they had living with them Harriet’s mother-in-law, Ellen H. (Duncan) Burke (1862-1950) (widowed – James M. Burke; 1848-1918). In 1920 the family lived in Trinity County, Texas, and included Ben Burke, age 39; Harriet L. Burke, age 38; Vivian Maurine (Burke) Roberts, age 14 (1905-    ); James Merwyn Burke, age 10 (1909-1998); Bennie A. Burke, age 1 and Carr R. Burke, age 1; his father was a farmer. Most of the children were born at home, 5 miles northeast of Centralia, TX.