MCLOUGHLIN, WILLIS JOSEPH, First Lieutenant, # 0-726805, USAAF

 

Willis J. McLoughlin was born on 16 November 1914 in King Co., Washington, to Joseph James McLoughlin (1885-1959) (WA) and Ruth Minnie (Willis) McLoughlin (1894-1975) (WA) (married 13 January 1914, South Bend, WA). He graduated from Queen Anne High School and is honored in 1945 with a Gold Star for his sacrifice by the school. He was married to Virginia McLoughlin, Seattle, Washington.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight school through advanced for the B-24 Liberator, earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 November 1943 a B-24J, # 42-73194, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed the airfield and joined a formation of other B-24s on a mission to bomb Pokokku, Magway, Burma; west of and very near the Irrawady River. The bomber formation was attacked by 15-20 enemy fighters. Witnesses to the crash were 1stLt Leland G. Berlette, 0-661915, 2ndLt Glenn F. Stephens, 0-797631, and 1stLt William G. Clark, 0-662023. 1stLt Berlette reported that he saw that 1stLt McLoughlin’s B-24 was hit in one engine. The tail gunner saw 1stLt McLoughlin trying to make a crash landing. His left wing dropped and the B-24 hit nose down, bursting into flame immediately. It disintegrated on impact. No one saw any parachutes or survivors. After recovery from Burma and then India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. P, Grave 885). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

SMITH, THEODORE FRANK, JR., Second Lieitenant, # 0-799485, USAAF

 

Theodore F. Smith Jr. was born on 19 October 1920 in Alabama to Theodore Frank Smith and Elizabeth B. Smith. A sibling may be Peter A. Smith. There was insufficient data to accurately and properly identify this veteran. Please use the contact page to assist.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Mobile, Alabama, on 30 March 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight school through advanced for the B-24 Liberator, earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 November 1943 a B-24J, # 42-73194, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed the airfield and joined a formation of other B-24s on a mission to bomb Pokokku, Magway, Burma; west of and very near the Irrawady River. The bomber formation was attacked by 15-20 enemy fighters. Witnesses to the crash were 1stLt Leland G. Berlette, 0-661915, 2ndLt Glenn F. Stephens, 0-797631, and 1stLt William G. Clark, 0-662023. 1stLt Berlette reported that he saw that 1stLt McLoughlin’s B-24 was hit in one engine. The tail gunner saw 1stLt McLoughlin trying to make a crash landing. His left wing dropped and the B-24 hit nose down, bursting into flame immediately. It disintegrated on impact. No one saw any parachutes or survivors. After recovery from Burma and then India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. P, Grave 1059). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.