GRIMMER, FRANCIS “FRANK” JOHN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-756549, USAAF

 

Frank J. or Blase Grimmer was born on 3 August 1922 in Illinois to John Louis Grimmer (1885-1953) and Cecilia Elizabeth (Bochmann) Grimmer (1892-1990) (married 88 June 1919 in Bartelso, IL). Siblings included Catholic Sister Mary Agnes Grimmer (1920-1990), Jerome Roman Henry Grimmer (1925-2012), Albert Joseph Grimmer (1927-1983), and Theresa Magdalena Grimmer (1930-1931) and another brother.

 

He enlisted in the USSAF and completed flight instruction, earned his commission and wings, and was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to India. On 26 June 1944, a C-46, # 42-3682, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, advance airfield Station 7, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a mission to Yunnayi, China. All of the crew were found dead in the crashed C-47A on an island in the Brahamaputra River (reported 7 July 1944), in India (flows from Himalayan lake through Assam, India, & Bangladesh, India, to Bay of Bengal) between Sookerating, India, and Shinbwiyang, Burma. A search had been conducted by the Sear & Rescue Squadron at the airfield at Chabua, India. After recovery from airfield cemetery in India, their remains were buried as a group of four caskets in grave sites 58-59-60, Nashville National Cemetery (Sec. MM, Graves 58-59-60), Madison, Tennessee, on 13 August 1949.

HEUER, WALTER, Corporal, # 34247865, USAAF

 

Walter Heuer was born in 1914, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, brother of Richard Heuer (1895-1977), husband of Elizabeth Heuer (1893-1985) (both born in Germany). A brother was Otto Heuer (1899-    ). Cousins included Emma Heuer (1920-    ), Richard Carl Heuer (1922-    ), Louise Heuer (1924-    ), Milton Heuer (1927-    ) Living with them in 1930 were his parents, Carl Heuer (1866-    ) and Frieda Heuer (1871-1956) (both born in Germany) and first paternal cousins Walter Heuer (1914-    ) (above) and cousins Marie Ball (1911-    ) (FL) and Margaret Ball (1915-    ) (FL).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1914 in Tampa, Florida, and described himself as 5’8”, 113 lbs, with blond hair and blue eues. He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Blanding, Florida on 18 August 1942. He was trained as an engineer of the mechanical and electrical systems of the C-46 and was its crew chief. He was sent overseas to India. On 26 June 1944, a C-46, # 42-3682, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, advance airfield Station 7, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a mission to Yunnayi, China. All of the crew were found dead in the crashed C-47A on an island in the Brahamaputra River (reported 7 July 1944), in India (flows from Himalayan lake through Assam, India, & Bangladesh, India, to Bay of Bengal) between Sookerating, India, and Shinbwiyang, Burma. A search had been conducted by the Sear & Rescue Squadron at the airfield at Chabua, India. After recovery from airfield cemetery in India, their remains were buried as a group of four caskets in grave sites 58-59-60, Nashville National Cemetery (Sec. MM, Graves 58-59-60), Madison, Tennessee, on 13 August 1949.