GAMET, DUANE ELLSWORTH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-740396, USAAF

 

Duane E. Gamet was born on 14 August 1923 in Sioux City, Iowa, to James I. Gamet (1895-1984) and Beulah B. Gamet (1894-1985). A sibling was James A. Gamet (1914-1981). He was married to Mary Ann Gamet, 4732 W. Arthington, Chicago, Illinois.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF (Enlisted Service # 17065429) on 31 March 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended flight instruction at Chicago, Illinois, and flight advanced schools at Memphis, Tennessee, and Reno, Nevada. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India on 8 December 1943 and assigned to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3616, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Comman, 4328 Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transport mission to Chengkung, China and return. The weather report was poor to bad for the route. A radio contact with the airfield at Chabua was that the C-46A crew was uncertain of its position and was given a heading. No further contact. On 5 September 1944, it was reported that the C-46A crashed, found by a ground search party, and the crew were killed. The search report said: a ground party started into the jungle on 23 August ro check on unidentified aircraft wreckage. On 24 August the party reached the wreck. Capt. Varnhagen flew over the site and pin-pointed the wreckage, dropping food to the ground party. On 26 August, a telephone report was made to the Intelligence Office, Rescue Unit, 1333rd Air Base Unit, by Capt. Varnhagen. The wreckage was found South from Marherita, Assam, India, near a village, Fhangyak, on a map. The C-46A was identified and serial numbers on parts corroborated the identity. An altitude of 3,500 feet was necessary to clear the ridge where it crashed. Its course was 180º and it crashed into the ridge about 200 yards below the summit. It was accordion compacted and parts scattered for 50 yards. It broke into 3 sections, the nose and one engine were furtherest south; the center section was the fuselage; and, the tail section was north. Two bodies were found driven from the cockpit into the tail and burned. They were in small unidentifiable fragments. No evidence pointed to the third body. It was not found. A .45 caliber pistol (M-1911A), # 898737, was found. A notebook belonging to one of the pilots was found. His remains were buried in the Graceland Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa.

LAWTON, MARLIN R., Corporal, # 38281967, USAAF

 

Marlin R. Lawton was born on 18 August 1922 in Texas. In 1930, he lived with his grandparents in Dallas, Texas. They were Meredith Clinton Lawton (1869-1934) and Lenora (Reneau) Lawton (1866-1943). Their children were Kate (Lawton) Hurt (1890-1971), Meredith Clinton Lawton Jr. (1895-1975), Lenore (Lawton) Duckworth (1899-1973), Lewis Patterson Lawton (1902-1973), Milton J. Lawton (1906-1962), Frankie Lawton (1902-    ) and Frances Louise (Lawton) Skelton (1921-    ). A sibling was Lillian Lawton (1926-    ). His grandfather was a carpenter. Please use the “contact” page to provide familial information so we can honor this veteran and his family properly.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 12 October 1942 in Dallas, Texas. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46 and other USAAF transport aircraft. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3616, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Comman, 4328 Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transport mission to Chengkung, China and return. The weather report was poor to bad for the route. A radio contact with the airfield at Chabua was that the C-46A crew was uncertain of its position and was given a heading. No further contact. On 5 September 1944, it was reported that the C-46A crashed, found by a ground search party, and the crewmen were all killed.