SCHERMESSER, ARTHUR THOMAS, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-749754, USAAF

 

Arthur T. Schermesser was born 14 September 1921 in Sligo, Missouri, to Arthur T. Schermesser (1889-1930) and Beatrice Marie (Blackwell) Bell nee Schermesser (1897-1986). Siblings included Elmo Schermesser (1915-1979) and Edith (Schermesser) Barrett (1917-2004). He was married to Dorothy Schermesser, who in 1942 lived at 622 Center St, Hillsboro, IL.

 

He enlisted while working at the National Enameling and Stamping Co. on 16 February 1942. He described himself as 5’11”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and eyes on his draft card for WW II. He noted his contact was William P. Bell. He completed the arduous flight courses and earned his commission and wings. On 25 May 1944, at the 10th Air Force airfield at Dinjan, Assam, India, a C-47A, # 42-100614, assigned to the 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed on a shuttle flight to Calcutta, India, and return. 1stLt Schermesser was the pilot. The last known location of the aircraft was between Sylhet, India and Dinjan, India. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration from the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, with numerous undistinguishable others from the crash and all were buried in a group ceremony and single grave at the New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana, on 17 January 1950 (Sec. F, Grave 103).

 

His brother, Elmo Schermesser, born 30 January 1915, served during WW II in the U.S. Army from 29 April 1941 to 27 August 1945. He died 5 June 1979.

BRADLEY, JAMES NATHANIEL, First Lieutenant, # 0-670081, USAAF

 

James N. Bradley was born 29 December 1919 in Bradley, Arkansas to James Davidson Bradley (1885-    ) and Edna C. (Dutton) Bradley (1891-    ) (married 26 June 1913 in Jefferson County, Arkansas). Siblings included John D. Bradley (1914-1997) and Edna Martha (Bradley) Passaglia (1917-1994).

 

He registered for the WW II draft 1 July 1941 and described himself as 6’2”, 185 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted (# 18085119) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 18 January 1942, with one year of college completed. He completed the arduous flight courses and earned his commission and wings. On 25 May 1944, at the 10th Air Force airfield at Dinjan, Assam, India, a C-47A, # 42-100614, assigned to the 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed on a shuttle flight to Calcutta, India, and return. More next page