JOHNSON, FRANCIS DESALLES, Flight Officer, # T-187041, USAAF

 

Francis D. Johnson was born on 30 January 1917 in Massachusetts to Francis "Frank" Amadeo Johnnene and Jennie S. Ostrum (1878-1938). Siblings included Ethel Johnnene and Russell G. Johnnene (Johnson) (1918-1942). Half-siblings included Ernest Evar Johnson (1905-1971) and Earl John Johnson (1911-1981). He attended Colby College in Waterville, Massachusetts, in 1940.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF (Enlisted svc # 31139275) on 15 July 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, and had completed four years of college, residing in Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He completed flight instruction and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was assigned to 20th Air Force in India, to the Air Transport Command. On 8 September 1944, a C-46A, # 41-61054, assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Kalaikunda, India, for a cargo transportation mission to Chengtu, China. The last contact was by radio at about 0240 hours with Station Lalmanier Hat, in China. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

His brother, Earl J. Johnson, born 15 May 1911, served in the U.S. Navy from 17 November 1942 to 30 November 1945. He died 27 May 1981 and is buried in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, Kennebec Co., Maine.

Earl J. Johnson

COOPER, CHARLES R., Sergeant, # 39280924, USAAF

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment aboard the C-46A transport. He was assigned to 20th Air Force in India, to the Air Transport Command. On 8 September 1944, a C-46A, # 41-61054, assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Kalaikunda, India, for a cargo transportation mission to Chengtu, China. The last contact was by radio at about 0240 hours with Station Lalmanier Hat, in China. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

VENABLE, OKIE LONG, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 14139480, USAAF

 

Okie L. Venable Jr. was born on 30 September 1922 in Winder, Barrow Co., Georgia to Okie Long Venable (1894-1961) and Lottie Ianthia (Wade) Venable (1902-1986). Siblings included George F. Venable (1924-1982), Erene Dell Venable (1927-2015), Cecil Hobson Venable (1934-2016), and Mildred (Venable) Murphy (1937-2014).