WORLEY, THADDEUS JOSEPH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-681273, USAAF

 

Thaddeus J. Worley was born 17 September 1920 in Perry, Noble County, Oklahoma, to Clarence Avery Worley (1875-    ) and Josephine A. (Bobbitt) Worley (1883-    ). Siblings included Cecelia Louise (Worley) Panter (1911-1991) and John Avery Worley (1914-1992). His father sold dry goods.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 11 February 1942, and stated he worked for the Southwest Box Company. He described himself as 5’9”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 14 April 1942 in Dallas, Texas. He completed pilot training, earned his commission and wings and was soon sent overseas to India. On 28 February 1944, a C-47A, # 42-100693, of the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 10th Air Force, departed the air base at Sookerating, India, on a food dropping mission to allied troops at Laawng, Burma. The aircraft was last contacted by radio and was down for unknown reasons. Six aboard were killed and two food droppers survived. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. with others and a group single-casket funeral was conducted 20 May 1949 (Plot 82, Grave 226) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.

SIRLOUIS, JAMES RUSSELL, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-806534, USAAF

 

James R. Sirlouis, Jr., was born 18 March 1923 in Washington, D.C., to James R. Sirlouis (1899-1981) and Edna May Sirlouis (1906-    ). In 1940 his father (born in Akron, Ohio) worked for Scientific Auto at the National Museum. His father served in WW I between 3 March 1918 and 11 August 1919.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 and wrote that he lived at 3133 Warder St., NW, Washington, D.C. He described himself as 5’9 ½”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted 4 May 1942 at Bolling Field, Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (now Bolling AFB) with one year of college (enlisted service # 13068977). He completed pilot training, earned his commission and wings and was soon sent overseas to India. On 28 February 1944, a C-47A, # 42-100693, of the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 10th Air Force, departed the air base at Sookerating, India, on a food dropping mission to allied troops at Laawng, Burma. The aircraft was last contacted by radio and was down for unknown reasons. Six aboard were killed and two food droppers survived. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. with others and a group single-casket funeral was conducted 20 May 1949 (Plot 82, Grave 226) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.

ANDERSON, GEORGE E., Second Lieutenant, # 0-811504, USAAF

 

George E. Anderson completed training as a navigator and earned his commission and wings. On 28 February 1944, a C-47A, # 42-100693, of the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 10th Air Force, departed the air base at Sookerating, India, on a food dropping mission to allied troops at Laawng, Burma. The aircraft was last contacted by radio and was down for unknown reasons. Six aboard were killed and two food droppers survived. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. with others and a group single-casket funeral was conducted 20 May 1949 (Plot 82, Grave 226) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri. He is remembered at the Monument to Aviation Martyrs, Nanjing Memorial, in China.