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.
His brother, Sylvain C. Bouché, born 18 October 1915, served in the U.S. Navy, Seaman 2nd Class then Ensign, (enl. SN 4078145) from 28 February 1942; served at the U.S. Navy Reserve Aviation Base, New Orleans, LA.
Raymond V. Bouche - Passport Picture (2nd)
STAPLEFORD, RICHARD G., Technical Sergeant, # 13019512, USAA
Richard G. Stapleford was born in 1920 in North Carolina to Floyd Augustus Stapleford (1891-1962) and Orange Cleveland (Reel) Stapleford (1885-1937) (married 2 September 1913, Pamlico, NC). Siblings were Linwood Reel Stapleford (1914-1915), Mary Louise (Stapleford) Poot (1917-1965), Helen H. (Stapleford) Rose (1921-2008), and Jessie (Stapleford) Glunt (1925-1987). The 2nd marriage of Floyd A. Stapleford was to Lucille Louise (Dixon) Stapleford (1909- ) on 2 December 1938, Craven, NC.
He enlisted in the USAAF at Bolling Field, Anacostia, Washington, D.C., on 19 September 1940. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman 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). 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.
AALTONEN, KULLERVO TAVNO, Technical Sergeant, # 13001692, USAAF
Kullervo T. Aaltonen was born on 25 May 1912 in Negaunee, Marquette Co., Michigan, to Frank Adolf Aaltonen (1884-1956) (Finland) and Rauha L. (Kaipainen) Aaltonen (1883- ) (Finland) (married 11 August 1906, Negaunee, Mich.) (both naturalized 1912). Siblings were Irja E. (Aaltonen) Sundelin (1910-1972) and Kylikki (Aaltonen) Mullarkey (1914-2003). Living with them in 1920 was a paternal aunt, Tyyne (Aaltonen) Merisnol (1884- ) and Tyyne’s son, Paul Merisnol (1915- ).
He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, employed by Rochdale Stores Inc., resided at 4105 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., and described himself as 6’2”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Washington, D.C., on 26 November 1940.