DEGRASSE, VICTOR R., First Lieutenant, # 0-402775, USAAF

 

Victor R. DeGrasse was born on 29 November 1913 in New York to Julius DeGrasse (1869-1943) and Emily (Morsontono) DeGrasse (1878-    ) (both born in Italy). He had siblings, Charles DeGrasse (1909-    ), Jack Joe DeGrasse (    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF and completed flight instruction, trained as a pilot and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th A.A.F. Base Unit. On 25 August 1944, a C-46, # 42-3575, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a flight to the airfield at Kunming, China, and return. A report was made that the C-46 was found, crashed, about 19 miles NE of Shingowlyang, Burma, and the crew was killed (MACR 7856). His remains are buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York (Sec. J, Grave 15532).

VAN DEN BERGE, EMIL J., Staff Sergeant, # 16037495, USAAF

 

Emil J. Van Den Berge was born on 4 April 1921 in Wisconsin to Joseph Van Den Berge (1893-1977) and Emilie Van Den Berge (1893-    ) (both born in Belgium). Siblings included Edmond Van Den Berge (1913-    ), Rosie Van Den Berge (1915-    ), and Nellie C. (Van Den Berge) Tomich (1919-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 9 December 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on USAAF transports. He was sent overseas and assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th A.A.F. Base Unit. On 25 August 1944, a C-46, # 42-3575, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a flight to the airfield at Kunming, China, and return. A report was made that the C-46 was found, crashed, about 19 miles NE of Shingowlyang, Burma, and the crew was killed (MACR 7856). His remains were buried in the Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Evergreen Park, Illinois, in 1948.