ALLISON, STANLEY MARVIN, First Lieutenant, # 0-672287, USAAF

 

Stanley M. Allison was born on 1 July 1920 in Ohio to Stanley Truman Allison (1884-1956) (his WW II draft card says 1985) and Parnell W. “Parna” (White) Allison (1886-1968). A sister was Alline Minerva (Allison) White (1912-1988).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF (enlisted # 15071532) while living in Wood County, Ohio, on 4 December 1941, at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He completed all flight training phases and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 December 1943, while pilot of a B24J on a bombing mission, he witnessed the loss of another B-24J. He reported that about 10 minutes after leaving the target area (Insein, Burma), B-24J # 27 B-24J #42-73222), exploded in midair and pieces flew past his aircraft. He did not see the rest crash or any parachutes. On 15 April 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Pandeveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Port Blair. B-24J, # 42-100243, was in the flight and was last seen at about 1212 hours and crashed from fire from enemy aircraft. Staff Sergeants Page and DiBello, in another B-24J, reported that the formation of B-24J bombers was attacked by enemy fighters. The first pass knocked out the # 2 engine of our lead aircraft, flown by 1stLt Allison. It was feathered. The second pass started engine # 1 on fire. The remaining passes concentrated on the crippled B-24J. Their B-24J was on 1stLt Allison’s right and could see that the right waist gun, tail guns, and the left nose turret gun were not firing. 1stLt Allison pulled out of formation and descended to about 300 feet. Four parachutes opened, three landed in the water and another in trees on an island. The B-24J lost altitude rapidly and crashed into the sea about 100 yards from shore. Upon water impact, the B-24J exploded and burned, and the fire died out immediately. They could still see the tail of the B-24J protruding from the water. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.

DUBY, MELBURN ARNOLD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-806821, USAAF

 

Melburn A. Duby was born on 14 August 1920 in Windsor County, Vermont, to Eugene Duby (1889-1934) (born Massachusetts) and Susan Edna (Scranton) Duby (1893-1941) (born Wardsboro, Vermont). On the date of Melburn’s birth, his father was a farmer. In the 1940 census for Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, the following are nieces/nephew of Rose R. Scranton, a practical nurse with six patients living there as well as family: Myrtis M. Duby (1918-1996) Melburn A. Duby (employed as a concaver), Winona Elvira (Duby) Ladd (1922-2009), Verna May Duby (1926-2001), and Muriel I. Duby (1928-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Springfield, Massachusetts, on 4 October 1940. He completed all flight training phases and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 April 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Pandeveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Port Blair. B-24J, # 42-100243, was in the flight and was last seen at about 1212 hours and crashed from fire from enemy aircraft. Staff Sergeants Page and DiBello, in another B-24J, reported that the formation of B-24J bombers was attacked by enemy fighters.