The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Albert Montero, born 11 January 1930, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He died 17 March 2016 in Reno, Nevada.

 

His brother, Laurence (Frenchy) Montero, born 6 March 1931, served in the U.S, Army from 13 August 1952 to 25 May 1954. He died 12 February 2006.

Albert Montero

CRAWFORD, HARRY VAN FOSSEN, Sergeant, # 37353914, USAAF

 

Harry Crawford was born 1922 in Colorado to Emmet Crawford (1876-1928) and Esther (Van Fossen) Crawford (1894-1974) (married 19 May 1920, Pueblo, CO). Siblings included Nathan Emmet Crawford (1921-1932) and Raymond Austin Crawford (1927-1995). In 1930 they lived with his maternal grandparents, Nathan Van Fossen (1862-1937) (W.VA.) and Adelaide Warner “Della” Van Fossen (1872-1937) (Panama).

 

He registered for the WWII draft 30 June 1942, resided at 2323 Pine St., Pueblo, Colorado, employed by Colorado Supply, and described himself as 5’7”, 134 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pueblo, Colorado, on 14 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He departed for an overseas assignment to India and China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China.