WALTH, HAROLD MARTIN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-205762, USAAF

 

Harold M. Martin was born on 25 May 1920 in South Dakota to Martin Walth (1894-1966) and Josephine (Hieb) Walth (1896-1970).

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard (SD) in 1939 and was put on active duty in 1942. . After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 15 January 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yangki, China, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a sea search mission. It crashed and all on board were killed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Aberdeen, South Dakota

CUNNINGHAM, JAMES LYLE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-797482, USAAF

 

James L. Cunningham was born on 12 November 1917 in Gordon, Clay Co., Kansas, to Maurice James “Nick” Cunningham (1888-1952) (KS) and Alta Victoria (Bogue) Cunningham (1889-1983) (MO). Siblings included Kedric Bogue Cunningham (1915-2007) and Maurice Duane Cunningham (1926-2004).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by Commercial Credit Co., resided at 1230 S. Cheyenne, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., Oklahoma, and described himself as 5’11”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Oklahoma 11 July 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 15 January 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yangki, China, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a sea search mission. It crashed and all on board were killed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Braman Cemetery, Braman, Kay Co., Oklahoma.