SUTPHEN, HARRY SCOTT, Captain, # 0-732594, USAAF

 

Harry S. Sutphen was born 1915 in Kansas to Charles Scott Sutphen (1888-1969) and Ethel Pearl (Barber) Sutphen (1881-1969). He had a brother, Stanley L. Sutphen (1920-1981) and a half-siblings, Ralph LaVerne Moffitt (1900-1937).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Chicago, Illinois, residing in Piatt County, Illinois, on 5 Match 1942. He completed his flight training and advanced flight school and earned his commission and wings. He was trained in multi-engine aircraft and the B-25. On 22 February 1944, B-25G, # 42-64779, departed the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, on a combat mission of targets of opportunity on the railway south of Monywa, Burma. At 1145 hours, it was hit by anti-aircraft fire, burst into flames, and was seen to crash. All aboard were killed. He is remembered in a memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

HOLLY, ROBERT J., Second Lieutenant, # 0-805463, USAAF

 

Robert J. Holly was born in 16 December 1916 in Pennington County, South Dakota to Ralph Roland and Lucille A. Holly (1895-    ). His teen years in South Dakota were spent with his mother and maternal grandparents, Maurice R. Holly (1855-    ) (born Ireland) and Mame B. (Boone) (Mary E.) Holly (1866-    ) (born Illinois). The 1920 census for Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota shows: Maurice R. Holly, Mary E. Holly, Jerry B. Holly (1890-    ), George H. Holly (1891-    ),  Maurice R. Holly (1893-    ), Marguerite M. Holly (1894-    ), Lucille A. Holly (1895-    ) and Robert J. Holly (1917-    ). The 1937 directory for Rapid City, S.D., shows: Holly: Lucille A., office asst. for J I Doyle, res.: 314 E. New York; Mame B. (widow Maurice R.), same res.; Marguerite M., nurse, same res.; Maurice R. (Katherine) lab, same res.; Robert J., clerk J.C. Penney Co., same res.; Siver Holly (Ruth), rancher, 1213 ½ Quincy; Marguerite, student, 1213 ½ Quincy.

 

He completed his flight training and advanced flight school and earned his commission and wings. He was trained in multi-engine aircraft and the B-25. On 22 February 1944, B-25G, # 42-64779, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, on a combat mission of targets of opportunity on the railway south of Monywa, Burma. At 1145 hours, it was hit by anti-aircraft fire, burst into flames, and was seen to crash. All aboard were killed. He is remembered in a memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

HEFFERNAN, JOHN J., JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-797000, USAAF

 

John J. Heffernan, Jr., as born in 1919 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet (enlisted service # 12053438) on 21 January 1942 in New York City, New York (with 4 years of college). He completed his flight training and advanced flight school and earned his commission and wings. He was trained in multi-engine aircraft and the B-25. On 22 February 1944, B-25G, # 42-64779, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, on a combat mission of targets of opportunity on the railway south of Monywa, Burma. At 1145 hours, it was hit by anti-aircraft fire, burst into flames, and was seen to crash. All aboard were killed. He is remembered in a memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.