REGAN, JOHN J., Technical Sergeant, # 36611443, USAAF

 

John J. Regan was born in 1922 in Illinois to John Regan (1904-1982) and Alice H. (Lusher) Regan (1902-    ). In 1940 his maternal grandparents were living with them, Frank Lusher (1878-    ) and Alice M. Lusher (1880-    ) (Wisc.).

 

After enlistment he was trained in the Maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B24. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas. On 25 May 1944, a B-24J, # 42-100184, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a ferry mission to Chabua, India. Its last known location was about 30 minutes flight time East of Chabua. It was last sighted by 1stLt Donald P. Lackey, # 0-799033. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

SMITH, EARL L., Staff Sergeant, # 32362075, USAAF

 

Earl L. Smith was born 10 July 1919 in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, to Oscar Irvin Smith (1878-1933) and Estella Belle (Lloyd) Smith (1883-1970). Siblings included Carl L. Smith (1903-1966) and Lee Frederick Smith (1907-1967).

RILEY, ROBERT R., Technical Sergeant, # 39255893, USAAF

 

Robert R. Riley was born in 1922 in Lafayette County, Missouri, to Forrest Turner Riley (1891-1974) and Bessie M. (Sanders) Riley (1897-1980). Siblings included Thomas James Riley (1917-1975), Mary Garnet (Riley) Niemeier nee Morgan (1920-1999), Forrest Turner Riley, Jr. (1924-2012), Phylisee (Riley) Cretzmeyer (1928-1993), Patrick Oliver Riley (1929-1978), and Beverly M. (Riley) Chamberlain (1932-2008).

 

He enlisted on 10 September 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He was trained in the mechanical function and maintenance of the B-24 and served as the aircraft engineer. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas. On 25 May 1944, a B-24J, # 42-100184, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a ferry mission to Chabua, India. Its last known location was about 30 minutes flight time East of Chabua. It was last sighted by 1stLt Donald P. Lackey, # 0-799033. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguised Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

 

His brother, Patrick O. Riley, born 6 January 1929, served from 16 April 1951 through 2 April 1953. He was a Private First Class during the Korean War.