NUNEZ, SIDNEY AMBROSE, Technical Sergeant, # 14071026, USAAF

 

Sidney A. Nunez was born 26 May 1922 in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi, to Joseph Sambola Nunez (1876-1956) and Marie Cecilia (White) Nunez (1884-1972). He had numerous siblings, including Joseph S. Nunez, Jr., (1903-1981), Leo Ojeda Nunez (1909-1999), Imelda Nunez (1911-2003), Mary Theresa Nunez (1914-2007), Anthony LeBaron Nunez (1916-1936), John James “Jack” Nunez (1919-2000), Rita Anastasia Nunez (1923-2014), Audrey Manuela Nunez (1928-2004) and another sister. In 1941, his family lived at 3929 No. Robertson St., New Orleans, Louisiana.

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He enlisted in the USAAF on 10 December 1941 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. He trained as an engineer of the mechanic and electrical system on the B-24. On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, he was the navigator of a B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandaveswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingaladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

His brother, John J. Nunez, born 7 January 1919, enlisted in the U.S. Army 23 October 1941 and was honorably discharged 13 October 1945. He was a Sergeant. He died 21 September 2000, in Chalmette, Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and was buried 25 September 2000, in the Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

 

HARRIS, MELVIN O., Technical Sergeant, # 17044643, USAAF

 

He was born 1921 in Missouri to George B Harris (1878-   ) and Mathilda Harris (1882-    ). He had several siblings, including Florence E. Harris (1906-    ), Elizabeth I. Harris (1908-    ), George R. Harris (1910-    ), M.  Jeanette (Harris) Hesse (1917-    ). In 1942, his family lived at 836 Marshall Ave, Webster Groves, St Louis, Missouri. He was employed at the Independent Packing Co. before enlisting. He enlisted on 2 February 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, while residing in St. Louis, Missouri. He trained as a radio operator/repairman of the radio systems on the B-24. On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, he was the navigator of a B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandaveswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingaladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.