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. 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, 1stLt James E. Roger’s remains and those (indistinguishable) of other crewmen (Funderburg, Higgs, Litz, Swope & Whitsell) were buried in a group burial and ceremony in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky (Sec. E, Graves 163-164). After recovery, his remains were buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Co., New York. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

FUNDERBURG, FLOYD VERNON, Technical Sergeant, # 18084703, USAAF

 

Floyd V. Funderburg was born on 2 December 1921 in Oklahoma to John Henry Funderburg (1884-1975) (AL) and Rhoda Catherine (O’Donnell) Funderburg (1896-1978) (AL) (married 21 December 1910, Talladega, AL). Siblings were Eula Myrtle (Funderberg) Self (1914-2003), Oscar Clarence “O.C.” Funderberg (1918-2009), Lewis Raborn Funderberg (1919-2000), James Doyle Funderburg (1923-2018), Bennie Leonard Funderburg (1924-2015), John “Jack” A. Funderburg (1926-2016), Charles Edward Funderburg (1927-2011), Stanley Burton Funderburg (1931-    ), Norma Jean (Funderberg) Major (1934-2011), and Virginia Leona Funderburg (1907-2006). Living with them in 1920 was a paternal uncle, William “Willie” S. Funderburg (1898-    ). John Henry Funderburg was first married to Lela Ann (Williamson) Funderburg (1891-1974) on 23 September 1906, Saint Clair Co., AL, and their daughter was Virginia Leona Funderburg.      That marriage ended in divorce. A John Henry Funderburg, born in 1917 in Taladega Co., AL, was convicted of a felony (Court Case # 3287), inmate # 51374, case # 39913 (burglary), F.B.I. # 1656252, and at age 28 (15 November 1945) was sentenced to one year and a day to three years. It is unclear what the relationship is, if any, to John Henry Funderburg (1884-1975). A John Henry Funderburg (1923-    ) (AL)  (served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1946-1949), was born to Mary Viola (Burk) Tomkinss nee Funderburg (1904-    ) (AL) (William Samuel Funderburg 1899-    ) (St. Clair Co., AL) (son of John Allen Funderburg (1867-1921; brother of John Henry Funderburg (1884-1975) (St. Clair Co., AL) as shown in the 1940 census for Birmingham, AL.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 12 January 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) of the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman 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. 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.