NYGAARD, CHARLES W., Second Lieutenant, # 0-796015, USAAF

 

Charles W. Nygaard was born on 27 October 1919 in Brookyn, New York, to Charles Ludwig Nygaard (1892-1954) and Catherine (Steinbrickner) Nygaard (1893-1973) (married 6 July 1912, NY). Siblings included Marie Nygaard (1914-    ), Ruth Metha (Nygaard) Cleary (1915-1965), Catherine (Nygaard) Curry (1915-1971), Dorothy Nygaard (1917-    ), and Roy Nygaard (1939-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 23 June 1941 in New York, New York. He completed flight instruction schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas on 5 December 1943 to 10th Air Force in India. On 11 September 1944, a C-46, # 42-61064, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1300th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. The crew was killed in the crash 16 ½ miles SE of Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma. After recovery from the U.S. Military cemetery at the airfield at (10th A.F. Hqs) Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 11 January 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 267).

O’REILLY, JOHN B., Private First Class, # 12181482, USAAF

 

John B. O’Reilly was born in 1922 in New York City, New York, to Thomas C. O’Reilly (1894-    ) and Bridget (McKiernan) O’Reilly (1895-    ) (both born in Ireland). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal uncle, Bert McKiernan (1892-    ) (Ireland). In 1925, they lived on West 26th St., New York City, and his father worked as a chauffer. In 1930, they ived on West 25th St., NY, and his father anaged a hotel. In 1940, they lived on 19th St., NY, and his father owned a bar & grill.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York City, New York, on 30 October 1942. He had completed one year of college. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 11 September 1944, a C-46, # 42-61064, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1300th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. The crew was killed in the crash 16 ½ miles SE of Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma. No record was found concerning burial of his remains. Information is welcome.