Telegram of MIA Status - Newman

THORSON, VERNON L., Technical Sergeant, # 6914408, USAAF

 

Vernon L. Thoron was born in 1915 in Illinois to Thomas Thorson (1885-1973) and Carrie Thorson (1885-1966). Siblings included Hazel Thorson (1909-1980), Marion Severn Thorson (1912-1967), James Milton Thorson (1917-1982), Raymond Glen Thorson (1922-1996), and June Lucille Thorson (1925-2006).

 

He entered the USAAF from Illinois and was trained on the maintenance and function of the mechanics of the B-24. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 May 1944 a B24J, # 42-73302, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a single aircraft night mine dropping mission in the Gulf of Siam (Thailand). Visibility was 20 to 30 miles. There was no contact by radio and no visual contact by otheraircraft. Major Kellogg was the 9th Bomb Squadron commander. He died in the crash and his body was recovered by the enemy and buried in the naval base cemetery at Sattahieb, Siam (Thailand). He is remembered on the monument at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

LAZENBY, ELBERT LEE, Technical Sergeant, # 38210090, USAAF

 

Elbert L. Lazenby was born on 1 December 1921 in Arkansas to Euriel Eugene Mason Lazenby (1895-1954) and Lillie Pearl (Raper) Lazenby (1897-1977). Siblings included Delphia (Lazenby) Whitten (1919-1991), Earl W. Lazenby (1926-1971), Robert Fay Lazenby (1928-2011), Albert Wayne Lazenby (1930-1972).

 

He registered for the WW II draft, working for his father, a farmer, and described himself as 5’11”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted on 6 August 1942 in Arkansas. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio system and interphone on the B-24 and served as a radio operator. On 8 May 1944 a B24J, # 42-73302, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a single aircraft night mine dropping mission in the Gulf of Siam (Thailand). Visibility was 20 to 30 miles. There was no contact by radio and no visual contact by otheraircraft. Major Kellogg was the 9th Bomb Squadron commander. He died in the crash and his body was recovered by the enemy and buried in the naval base cemetery at Sattahieb, Siam (Thailand). He is remembered on the monument at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. The family placed a marker in Hunts Chapel Cemetery, Rover, Yell County, Arkansas.