BRIDGE, RAYMOND JAMES, Staff Sergeant, #33263404, USAAF

 

Raymond J. Bridge was born on 3 November 1918 in Latrobe, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania to Clarence Austin Bride (1896-1988) and Dora G. (Doherty) Bridge (1894-1989). A sister was Marcella Sara (Bridge) Liebermann (1916-1988). A brother was Arthur Byron Bridge (1935-2005).

 

He registered for the WW II draft and described himself as 6’1”, 185 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 23 April 1942. He was sent overseas 15 February 1943. 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. SSgt. Bridge was a passenger on the flight. 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 & Mausoleum, Philippines.

 

CLARE, THOMAS H., Captain, # 0-460635, USAAF

 

Thomas H. Clare was married to Irma M. Clare who, in 1942, lived at their home at 1881 Los Robles Ave., San Marino, California.

 

He was inducted to be a Chaplain while in California. He was assigned to the the Chakula Air Base, Chakula, India, to the Headquarters, 341st Bomb Group. . 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. Chaplain Clare was a passenger on the flight. 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 & Mausoleum, Philippines.