CASKEY, ALLEN CARL, Corporal, # 17181494, USAAF

 

Allen C. Caskey was born on 16 May 1925 in Valley Jet, Iowa, to Glenn Dewey Caskey (1897-1974) and Alice Grace (Tyler) Caskey (1900-    ). He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943 and was known for – a “Gildersleeve” loyal follower, model airplaned as a hobby, had an ambition of owning a real one, quiet, and likes everything and everybody. The family resided at 696 Kirkwood Ave., Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa, in 1949.

 

He was inducted in the USAAF in Iowa on 15 May 1943. He was trained to maintain and repair the mechanical systems on the B-25 Mitchell (engineer – crew chief). He was sent overseas to India on about 5 January 1945. On 10 July 1945, a B-25C, “Daffy Ann” and “Rhode Island” as nicknames on the nose, # 42-64656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 489th AAF Air Base Squadron, Air Jungle Rescue Detachment, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a search mission. The B-25C was seen to crash about 23 miles West of Bhamo, Burma, at 1030 IST. Burmese natives gave vague information but seemed to have seen the B-25 crash and burn. A ground search party was dispatched to investigate on 15 July 1945. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines, Iowa, on 18 July 1948.

Allen C. Caskey

BLEVINS, JAMES R., Corporal, # 35771139, USAAF

 

James R. Blevins enlisted in the USAAF and was trained to maintain and operate the radio equip-ment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 July 1945, a B-25C, “Daffy Ann” and “Rhode Island” as nicknames on the nose, # 42-64656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 489th AAF Air Base Squadron, Air Jungle Rescue Detachment, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a search mission. The B-25C was seen to crash about 23 miles West of Bhamo, Burma, at 1030 IST. Burmese natives gave vague information but seemed to have seen the B-25 crash and burn. A ground search party was dispatched to investigate on 15 July 1945. After recovery, his remains were buried with those of Corporal Dale L. Holland (indistinguishable) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 25 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 29).