CARLIN, HARRY or HENRY JAMES, First Lieutenant, # 0-789451, USAAF

 

The name Henry is used in the MACR. Harry J. Carlin was born in 1917 in Pennsylvania to Francis “Frank” Joseph H. Carlin (1884-1950) and Kathryn E. (Walker) Carlin (1884-1928). He had two siblings, Frank J. Carlin Jr. (1913-1983) and James Edward Carlin (1820-1983). In 1940, he was a student t Mount St. Michael’s College, Mead, Spokane, Washington.

 

When he registered for the WW II draft, he gave his DOB as 5 July 1916 in Philadelphian, Pennsylvania, his father’s name as Francis Joseph Carlin and described himself as 5’10”, 148 lbs with blond hair and blue eyes. He was the navigator of the B-25C, assigned to the 341st Bombardment Group, the 22nd Bombardment Squadron, # 42-53417, departed the Kurmitola Air Base at Chakulia, India, at 1430 hours on 3 August 1943, on a bombing mission to Maiktila, Burma. There were cumulus clouds at 4-6,000 feet, with 7/10ths coverage and poor visibility. The circumstances of the loss of the bomber and its crew were unknown. It was last seen over the target making its low altitude bombing run. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

Brother James E. Carlin served during WW II as well, from 30 March 1943 to 15 January 1946.

 

LEISURE, JOHN EARL, JR.,    , # 1901314, USAAF

 

John E. Leisure, Jr., was born in 1915 to John Earl Leizure (1889-1949) and Gladys Faye (Lester) Acord nee Leisure (1894-1980).

 

He enlisted at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, 11 January 1941. He was the engineer and a gunner of the B-25C, assigned to the 341st Bombardment Group, the 22nd Bombardment Squadron, # 42-53417, departed the Kurmitola Air Base at Chakulia, India, at 1430 hours on 3 August 1943, on a bombing mission to Maiktila, Burma. There were cumulus clouds at 4-6,000 feet, with 7/10ths coverage and poor visibility. The circumstances of the loss of the bomber and its crew were unknown. It was last seen over the target making its low altitude bombing run. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

BOYD, JOHN W., Technical Sergeant, # 17029715, USAAF

 

The only known survivor of the loss of the bomber, John W. Boyd was born 12 December 1918 in Mayfield, Graves Co., Kentucky, to Albert P. Boyd (1888-    ) and Zella (Cunningham) Boyd (1898-    ). He had siblings: Juanita Boyd (1920-    ), Martha F. Boyd (1923-    ). The 1940 census for Mayfield, Graves, KY, shows the family of Albert P. Boyd (1888) on West Water St.; comprised of Zella C. Boyd (1898), John W. Boyd (1919), Juanita Boyd (1920), Martha F. Boyd (1923), all born in Kentucky. In 1942, they had moved to 322 9th St, Mayfield, Kentucky.

 

3