His brother, Lewis H. Mooney, born 20 September 1927, served during WWII in the U.S. Army from 7 December 1945 to 12 June 1947. He died 13 January 1973 and is buried in the North Mount Zion Cemetery, Continental, Putnam Co., Ohio.

 

His brother, Henry W. Mooney, born 16 January 1922, served in the U.S. Army from 12 December 1941 to 28 September 1945 and from 9 January 1946 to 21 January 1948. He died 11 April 1980.

WEBSTER, RALPH A., First Lieutenant, # 0-4405411, USAAF

 

Ralph A. Webster was born in 1910 in Michigan to Scott Milton Webster (surname formerly Mebelis) (1882-1976) and Edith May (Baldwin) Webster (1882-1956) (married 19 December 1906, Oxford, Lapeer Co., Michigan). Siblings were Milton Baldwin Webster (1907-1921) and Wayne Maurice Webster (1913-2001)   Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandfather, Ralph Baldwin (1851-1931) (widower of Elizabeth A. (Auten aka Arden) Baldwin (1848-1904).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 26 March 1941. He was trained in maintenance and earned his commission. On this flight, he acted as radio operator and was a passenger. On 28 June 1945 a C-46A Commando, # 42-3615, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1328th AAF Base Unit, Myitkyina, Burma, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a return cargo flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). A radio message gave coordinates of 99° 12’ East and 24° 44’ North. The C-46 crashed enroute and the crew was killed. After recovery, the remains of crewmen and a passenger, Roberts, Webster, Mooney and Long were found to be indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 5 September 1951 (Sec. 84, Graves 406, 407, and 408).

Curtiss C-46 Commando (foreground) Douglas C-47 Skytrain (background)