ALLEN, ROY ALBERT BRYAN, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-864895, USAAF

 

Roy A. B. Allen Jr. was born on 15 February 1919 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., Texas, to Roy A. B. Allen (1891-1953) and Zula Mae (Zimmerman) Allen (1891-1967).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as an engineer for the B-29 Superfortress. As such, he was responsible for supervising the maintenance of all parts of the B-29 and when in flight monitored an array of dials, senors and switches to keep the B-29 aloft. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-24726, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on its 20th bombing mission, over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand), and Rangoon, Burma. It crashed unseen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

MCCARTHY, JAMES M., Sergeant, # 18151994, USAAF

 

James M. McCarthy was born in 1924 in Louisiana to Harold Timothy McCarthy (1895-1965) and Lucy Mildred (Moonan) McCarthy (1897-1982). Siblings included Harold McCathy (1922-    ), Rose Ellen McCarthy (1926-    ), Patricia McCarthy (1930-    ), Robert McCarthy (1934-2011), and Frank T. McCarthy (1939-1986). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandmother, Victoria Moonan (1856-    )(widowed) and a first cousin, Virginia Adair Ford (1915-1979). Living with them in 1940 was a nephew, John Ford (1931-2005).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New Orleands, Louisiana, on 11 December 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-24726, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on its 20th bombing mission, over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand), and Rangoon, Burma. It crashed unseen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

BIRKMAIER, THEODORE A., Staff Sergeant, # 31283606, USAAF

 

Theodore A. Birkmaier was born in 1923 in Maine to Augusta Rowe nee Birkmaier. He was living with his maternal grandmother, Mary Neal (1862-1946) in 1940 in Saint Albans, Maine. He made the honor roll at the Hartland Academy, Hartland, Maine, in 1941.