EVANS, CECIL, JR., Technical Sergeant, # 14134521, USAAF

 

Cecil Evans, Jr., was born in 1922 in Goodlettsville, Sumner, Tennessee, to Cecil Evans (1897-1975) and Eva (Henderson) Evans (1902-2010) (married 24 April 1920, Putnam, TN). Siblings included Charles E. Evans (1925-    ) and Dorothy Evans (1927-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Forest, Tennessee, on 27 August 1942. He completed extensive training in the maintenance and function of the mechanical parts of the B-24 and earned his crewman wings. 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. 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, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

His father, born 22 February 1897, served during WWI in the U.S. Army from 26 August 1918 to 20 January 1919. He died 23 October 1975.

MUELLER, KURT W., Technical Sergeant, # 16146125, USAAF

 

Kurt W. Mueller was born 7 October 1923 in Illinois to George Mueller (1885-1932) (Berne, Switzerland) and Gertrude B. (Rethwisch) Mueller (1882-    ) (Berlin, Germany- emigrated 4 September 1921 – naturalization petition 22 January 1936) (married 6 August 1925). A brother was Werner Mueller (1926-2003). The 1930 census shows the family living on Willard Street, Chicago, Illinois. In 1940 he resided in the Uhlish Orphanage on California Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 7 November 1942 He completed extensive training in the maintenance and function of the radios and interphone of the B-24 and earned his crewman wings. 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. 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.