NELSON, BJARNE N., Technical Sergeant, # 19050002, USAAF

 

He was born in 1910 in Norway. In 1929 he was the class Vice President at Olympia High School (WW Miller H.S.), Olympia, Washington. He lived in Los Angeles, California, when he registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942. His sister was married to Barkman C. McCabe, 2881 Forrester Drv, Los Angeles, CA, who was a Republican, and worked in mining.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 24 December 1941 in Seattle Washington. He trained as a radio operator and was responsible for the function and repair of the radio equipment on the B-24J. On 23 January 1944, B-24J, # 42-73067 (“Rangoon Rosie”), departed Madhaigunj, India, on a bombing mission to Mergui, Malayan Peninsula. It was assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron. It was seen to crash at about 1610 hours at 12º30’ North - 95º 30’ East, in Malaya, shot down by enemy aircraft. It was noted to be a battle casualty. Its crew were killed in action, except TSgt Grant L. Butcher, who was wounded and captured by the Japanese. A Graves Registration team recovered remains from where crew was buried. Unable to distinguish the remains, they were buried in a single casket group burial in Arlington National Cemetery 25 July 1949, Section 34, grave 5023. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the  Purple Heart.