TYRELL, MARVIN FREDRICK, Master Sergeant, # 12031091, USAAF

 

Marvin F. Tyrell was born on 10 August 1922 in Jamestown, Chatauqua Co., New York, to Charles Augustus Tyrell (1890-1975) and Bernice May (Westley) Tyrell (1892-1974) (married 14 June 1913 in Chautauqua Co., NY). Siblings included Clarence Leroy Tyrell (1915-1930), Charles A. Tyrell Jr. (1918-1996), 

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Buffalo, New York, on 18 December 1941 and was honorably discharged 27 November 1945. He re-enlisted on 14 August 1947. He was with the U.S. Air Force when it came into the military service, separate from the U.S. Army. He was trained as an engineer on the C-46 (crew chief) and was responsible for its mechanical operation. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 June 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3574, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th Air Base Unit, Station # 11, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transportation flight to Myitkyina, Burma, then across “the Hump” of the Himalayas, to the airfield at Yankai, China. The C-46A was attacked and set afire by enemy fighters and the crew had to bail out. 2ndLt Maveety was unable to get out and died in the crash. He and Sgt. Tyrell were rescued by the Allies and returned to duty. He retired from the U.S. Air Force on 31 March 1964. He died on 25 January 2002 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, and is buried in the Bemus Point Cemetery, Ellery Center, Chautauqua Co., New York.

 

His brother. Charles A. Tyrell Jr., born 1 February 1918, served in the U.S. Army from 29 August 1944 to 11 December 1945. He died 25 April 1996 in Allentown, Pennsylvania,

ROBICHEAUX, HAROLD J., Technical Sergeant, # 14046897, USAAF

 

There is inadequately reliable information to identify this veteran. Information would be very appreciated. Please use the contact form. He was trained as a radio operator for USAAF transports. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 June 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3574, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th Air Base Unit, Station # 11, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transportation flight to Myitkyina, Burma, then across “the Hump” of the Himalayas, to the airfield at Yankai, China. The C-46A was attacked and set afire by enemy fighters and the crew had to bail out. 2ndLt Maveety was unable to get out and died in the crash.

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