OLAUSON, CHARLES A., Technical Sergeant, # 18041973, USAAF

 

Charles A. Olauson was born on 23 April 1912 in Los Angeles, California, to George Algot Olausson (1891-1960) and Coral (Ludwick) Olausson (1891-19750. Siblings included Lloyd Dale Olauson (1916-1995) and Donald Burton Olauson (1920-1989).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Houston, Texas, on 16 January 1941. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the machineguns aboard the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas to the CIB theater of operations. On 30 July 1944, B-29-10-BW, # 42-6240, “Pampered Lady,” assigned to the 40th Bomb Group, 395th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a ferry (fuel and bombs) mission to Hsinching, China, over “the Hump” of the Himalayan mountain range. It was last in contact by radio at about 0539 Zulu at about 25º 50’ North & 96º 10’ East (Myitkyina, Burma), with Maj. Perier A. Koenig, 0-413599. Remains were recovered of the crew but were indistinguishable. They were buried in a common or group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 17 November 1947 (Sec. 81, Graves 282 & 283).

 

His brother, Donald B. Olauson, born 16 March 1920, served in the U.S. Army from 19 June 1943 to 25 September 1945. He died on 27 August 1989 in Los Angeles, California.

HOWELL, CHARLES R., Captain, # 0-408817, USAAF

 

Charles R. Howell was born on 10 December 1919 in Illinois to Edgar LeRoy Howell (1879-1962) (WISC) and Adelaide “Addie” Maria (Parsons) Howell (1875-1961) (NY). He married Mariam Tanner of Sandersville, Georgia.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 13 November 1943. He was assigned to 20th Air Force (Bomber Command) and was a passenger on the B-29 Superfortress when it crashed in China. On 30 July 1944, B-29-10-BW, # 42-6240, “Pampered Lady,” assigned to the 40th Bomb Group, 395th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a ferry (fuel and bombs) mission to Hsinching, China, over “the Hump” of the Himalayan mountain range. His remains were recovered and buried with those of the crew. They were buried in a common or group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 17 November 1947 (Sec. 81, Graves 282 & 283). A memorial marked was placed in the Howell family plot in the Oakwood Cemetery, Beloit, Rock Co., Wisconsin.