MCKISSOCK, DAVID, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 32138397, USAAF

 

David McKissock, Jr., was born in New York to David McKissock (1889-1979) (Glasgow, Scotland) and Elizabeth (Holt) McKissck (1895-1974), Albion, New York. Dorothy Elizabeth (McKissock) Garrison (1917-2007), George Dawson McKissock (1921-2010), Sarah Helen (McKissock) Vick (1924-2010).

 

He enlisted 7 April 1942. He was trained at Key Field, Mississippi. He saw service with the 315th Service Group in Egypt, Libya, Sicily, Italy, and the China-Burma-India war theater. He was in the Egyptian-Libyan, Tunisian, Sicilian, Rome-Arno, Naples-Foggia, and the China campaigns. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).

KEHRER, JOSEPH FRANK, JR., Sergeant, # 32280080, USAAF

 

Joseph F. Kehrer Jr. was born in 1911 in New York to Joseph F. Kehrer (1881-1934) and Rosalia Johannah (Werner) Kehrer (1882-1974), Ebenezer, Erir Co., New York. Siblings included Rose Kehrer (1913-2001), Agnes Cecelia (Kehrer) Clogher (1914-1998), Robert Francis Kehrer (1917-2000), and Charles Peter Kehrer (1922-2000).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Buffalo, New York, on 7 April 1942. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).

PIERSON, HOWARD SHERMAN, First Lieutenant, # 0-692713, USAAF

 

Howard S. Pierson was born in 1918 in Arizona to Mark Elliott Pierson (1893-1966) (CO) and Dorothy Mae (Sherman) Pierson (1897-1986) (CA), Vancouver, WA. A sister was Marjorie Beth (Pierson) Achen (1923-1998) (AZ).

 

On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home.