COWMAN, CLARENCE LEROY, Flight Officer, # T-7577, USAAF

 

Clarence L. Cowman was born on 1921 in South Dakota to Clarence Leroy Cowman (1893-1979) and Lillian Irene (West) Cowman (1898-1996). He graduated from Yankton High School in 1939.

 

He enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard, Field Artillery, on 25 November 1940, and was subsequently activated or enlisted in the active duty USAAF. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned Flight Officer appointment and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, # 42-101219, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a combat cargo supply mission to Taungtha, Burma, during monsoon season. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Gillett, Oconto Co., Wisconsin. There was a recovery of crew remains and, indistinguishable, the remains were buried as a group (Schroeder, Formigli, Cowman, Wingler and three unknown) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 17 March 1950 (Sec. 82, Grave 38-D). The three unknown were likely so-called flight clerks, the “kickers” who impelled the supplies out of the C-46 cargo hatch as it made slow passes over the friendly ground troops.

FORMIGLI, WALTER PAUL, Sergeant, # 34432874, USAAF

 

Walter P. Formigli was born on 15 July 1921 in New York, New York, to Julius Formigli (1895-1984) (Lucca, Italy - naturalized) and Rita (Constanti) Formigli (1897-1981) (Siona, Italy - naturalized) (married 20 March 1920, Bronx, NY). He married Josephine J. (Bastone) in Bronx, New York, New York, on 1944.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems on the Curtiss C-46 Commando (engineer/crew chief). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, # 42-101219, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a combat cargo supply mission to Taungtha, Burma, during monsoon season. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Gillett, Oconto Co., Wisconsin. There was a recovery of crew remains and, indistinguishable, the remains were buried as a group (Schroeder, Formigli, Cowman, Wingler and three unknown) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 17 March 1950 (Sec. 82, Grave 38-D). The three unknown were likely so-called flight clerks, the “kickers” who impelled the supplies out of the C-46 cargo hatch as it made slow passes over the friendly ground troops.