FURMAN, SAUL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-712548, USAAF

 

Saul Furman was born in 1924 in Massachusetts to Michael Furman (1893-    ) (Russia - naturalized) and Pauline Furman (1905-    ) (Russia). Sibling George Furman (1927-    ) (MA), Barbara Furman (1932-    ). Living with them in 1940 were a paternal uncle, Morris Furman (1892-    ) (Russia – naturalized) and aunt Stella Furman (1895-    ). His father owned and operated a tailor shop in 1930-1940. His mother recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman. Next door was Samuel Furman (1882-1941) (Russia - naturalized) and Bessie (Schneiderman) Furman (1885-1955) (Russia). Their children were Maurry Furman (1907-1966) (Russia - naturalized), Bella (Furman) Sherter (1911-    ) (Russia - naturalized), Abraham Furman (1912-    ) (Russia), Rose Furman (1914-    ), Alfred Furman (    ). Samuel Furman also owned and operated a tailor shop.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed schools to be a navigator on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 January 1945 a B-24J, “Shootin’ Star,” # 42-73249, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a combat reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea and the Indochina coast. The aircraft was presumedly lost at sea somewhere along the coast of China and French Indochina (Japanese occupied). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

WILKIN, RONALD WINSTON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-708979, USAAF

 

Ronald W. Wilkin was born on 6 January 1924 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois, to Ronald Cleveland Wilkin (1888-1939) (England – naturalized 1920) and Sylvia Martha H. (Nielsen) Wilkin (1894-1924) (IL). Sibling Betty Geraldine (Wilkin) Hopkins (1917-2015) (IL). He graduated from Elgin High School in 1942.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the Chicago-Milwaukee Railroad, resided at 883 Van St., Elgin, IL, and described himself as 6’, 165 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted a small scar over his right eye. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed schools to be a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 January 1945 a B-24J, “Shootin’ Star,” # 42-73249, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a combat reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea and the Indochina coast.