TATE, JACK RICHARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-794368, USAAF
Jack R. Tate was born on 1 June 1921 in Jersey Shore, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania, to Albert Raymond Tate (1889-1964) (PA) and Helen (Martin) Tate (1890-1989). He graduated from Jersey Shore High School.
He first served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, overseas from 21 November 1941 to 11 May 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF on 11 May 1942, he completed additional flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India 15 February 1943. On 7 August 1943 a C-46 Commando, # 41-5204, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 6th Transport Squadron, Monhanbari, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission to Yang Kai, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). An engine failed and it crashed in the north end of the Chindwin Valley, Burma (northeastern Burma, near India). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Jersey Shore Cemetery, Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Air Medal.
BOUCHÉ, RAYMOND VICTORY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-796946, USAAF
Raymond V. Bouché was born on 5 May 1919 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Sylvian Marius Bouché (1880-1944) and Magdeline “Maggie” (Buris) Bouché (1883-1973) (married 15 June 1905, New Orleans, LA). Siblings were Beatrice Anais (Bouché) Brash (1907-2001), Sylvia Benecdictine (Bouché) Tauzy (1909-1991), Marjorie Euphrosie (Bouché) Viavant (1911-2009), Sylvain Clement Bouché (1917- ). He completed four years at Tulane University. He was married to Margaret Louise (Cook) Bouché in July 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He registered for the WWII draft on 27 March 1941, resided at 2035 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA, employed by the Railway Express Agency, and described himself as 6’1”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 29 March 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed navigator instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to navigate the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 7 August 1943 a C-46 Commando, # 41-5204, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 6th Transport Squadron, Monhanbari, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission to Yang Kai, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump).