42-72370 MACR 14706
On 4 July 1945 a C-54, # 42-72370, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield at Barrackpore, India, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. Last contact was when it was over Kunyang, China, at about 1346 Zulu. The crew was:
Pilot Capt. Edwin N. Brissey 0-791806
Co-Pilot FO Hugh C. Ferris T-193478
Qualified Dual Capt. Lewis H. Magin Jr. 0-505172
Radio Operator SSgt Elmer Sharpe 20542374
Crew Chief SSgt James W. Stooksbury 14061938
BRISSEY, EDWIN NEIL, Captain, # 0-791806, USAAF
Edwin N. Brissey was born on 8 November 1919 in Harrison, West Virginia, to Allen Grandberry Thurman Brissey (1889-1965) and Goldia Murl (Davis) Brissey (1892-1985) (married 5 September 1917, Salem, Harrison Co., WVA). Sibling Howell Eugene Brissey (1923-2007), Richard Davis Brissey (1930-2006)
He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, employed by Hazel Atlas Glass Co., resided at 56 Michigan Ave., Harrison, W.VA., and described himself as 6’1”, 175 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his right elbow. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Morgantown, WVA, on 6 January 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a C-54, # 42-72370, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield at Barrackpore, India, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. Last contact was when it was over Kunyang, China, at about 1346 Zulu. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial stands in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor Co., West Virginia (Sec. MA, Grave 73).
His father, born 19 January 1889, served in the U.S. Army during WWI. He died 26 March 1965 and is buried in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Weston, Lewis Co., WVA.
His brother, Richard D. Brisseyy, born 6 December 1930, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, from 7 February 1951 to 21 January 1955. He died 9 March 2006