BUELNA, EDWARD ROJAS, Corporal, # 39273703, USAAF
Edward R. Buelna was born on 23 November 1922 in Phoenix, Arizona, to Francisco “Frank” Buelna (1882- ) (AZ) and Alvara (Rojas) Buelna (1886-1969) (Mexico – naturalized) (married in 1909, Santa Cruz Co., AZ). Siblings included Agripina Buelna (1911- ) (AZ), Elisa (Buelna) Quiroz (1912-1993) (AZ), Artimisa (Buelna) Purcell (1914-1991), Alvaro Rojas Buelna (1915-1973) (AZ), Albert Buelna (1917- ) (AZ), Francisco G. Buelna (1918- ), Margaret Buelna (1921- ) (CA), Charles Rojas Buelna (1924-2011), Living with them in 1940 was a cousin, Gustavo Buelna (1930- ) (CA).
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 1815 Menlo Ave., Los Angeles, California, and described himself as 5’ 4 ½”, 125 lbs, with black hair and black eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF and was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas to India. On 8 December 1944, a C-46A Commando, # 42-107967, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1328th AAF Base Unit, Misanbari, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo mission returning to Misanbari, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was last contacted at about 1400 hrs over Funaenyi, China. On 30 December 1944 the 1328th AAF Base Unit wrote that their MIA status was changed to deceased after the C-46 wreckage was located. Several maps are in the fold3.com MACR folder. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.
His brother, Alvaro R. Buelna, born 3 November 1915, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, Infantry, from 29 September 1941. He died 22 August 1973 and is buried in the All Souls Cemetery, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California (Sec. D, Row 4, Grave 107). He was awarded the Silver Star Medal.
His brother, Carlos (Charles) R. Buelna, born 10 August 1924, served in the U.S. Army from 13 March 1943. He died 18 April 2011 and is buried in the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles Co., California.