PAPANDREW, HARRY PANAGIS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-779208, USAAF

 

Harry P. Papandrew was born on 6 June 1923 in Erie, Erie Co., Pennsylvania, to “Peter” Panagis Ath Papandrew (1884-1941) (Greece) and Penelope P. (Chronis) Papandrew (1884-    ) (Greece) . Siblings were Thomas P. Papandrew (1914-2006), Sam Papandrew (1916-1958), Kally Papandrew (1917-2007) and another brother and sister. Living with them in 1930 was his cousin, Gust Papandrew (1900-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 327 E. 10th St., Erie, PA, and described himself as 5’11 ¾”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his right leg and a scar on his left leg above the knee. He enlisted in the USAAF in Miami Beach, Florida, on 20 February 1943. 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 his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, “Bouncing Beverly,” # 42-101221, assigned to the Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a weather overwatch mission, during monsoon season, for supply drops at Meiktila, Burma. After contact at 1245 hours IST, then no contact with the C-46, commanders surmised that it crashed in the 10,000’ Chin Hills area. A large search effort was made with no results. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother Sam Panagis Papandrew, born 30 May 1916, served in the U.S. Army, # 33434292, from 5 March 1943 to 15 December 1945 (overseas 21 June 1944 to 8 December 1945). He died March 1958.

GREEN, MAX ADAM, Sergeant, # 33831927, USAAF

 

Max A. Green was born on 13 January 1919 in Bethlehem, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania to Max Ludwig Green (1891-1976) (PA) and Barbara (Maly) Green (1893-1972) (PA). Siblings were Joseph Jacob Green (1917-1996), Anna E. (Green) Correll (1921-    ). His father was a carpenter in 1940. Living with them in 1920 was his maternal grandmother, Theresa Maly (1875-    ) (Hungary).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, employed at Lehigh Printing Co., resided at 216 E. Union St., Bethlehem, PA, and described himself as 5’11”, 200 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his left hand. After enlisting in the USAAF on 18 September 1943, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) of the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India on about 10 November 1944. On 13 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, “Bouncing Beverly,” # 42-101221, assigned to the Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a weather overwatch mission, during monsoon season, for supply drops at Meiktila, Burma. After contact at 1245 hours IST, then no contact with the C-46, commanders surmised that it crashed in the 10,000’ Chin Hills area. A large search effort was made with no results. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Joseph J. Green, born 16 November 1917, served in the U.S. Army, First Lieutenant, # 0-1109965, Corps of Engineers, from 7 December 1941 to 21 December 1945 (overseas 7 January 1942 to 25 October 1942 and 1 May 1944 to 17 October 1945). He was awarded the Silver Star Medal. He died 14 December 1996 and is buried in the Dallastown Union Cemetery, Dallastown, York Co., Pennsylvania.