KINSEY, LAUREL D., Staff Sergeant, # 35364940, USAAF
Laurel D. Kinsey was born on 8 January 1921, in Bluffton, Indiana, to Samuel Albert Kinsey (1874-1954) and Hariett Jane Kinsey (1879-1943). Siblings included Carl Henry Kinsey (1901-1971), William Kinsey (1902-1905), Roy Enos Kinsey (1908-1997), and Laurence L. Kinsey (1901-1905). He was married to Ruth Ella (Blackshire) Kinsey (1922-2013), who served in the U.S.M.C. during WW II, honorably discharged 6 June 1946; obtained a B.A. in Philosophy & Psychology and a M.A. in Psychology; taught in elementary schools.
After enlistment he was trained in the maintenance and function of the mechanics of the B-25 and as a gunner (.50 caliber Browning aerial machinegun). 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 and the pilot, Major Kellogg, survived the crash and were captured and imprisoned by the Japanese. He was liberated about 8 May 1944 from the Bangkok Interment POW Camp. He died 14 September 1994 in Springdale, Arkansas, and is buried in the Fairview Memorial Gardens, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
ALLEN GRANT OTTS, Sergeant, # 19011012, USAAF
Grant O. Allen was born on 4 December 1923 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Thomas Edwin Allen (1879-1966) and Minnie Alvina Allen (1881-1949). Siblings included Arden Edwin Allen (1904-1996), Helen Vera (Allen) Simmons nee Larson (1920-2005), Ernest Peterson Allen (1907-1992), Rollin Lyman Allen (1909-1991), Vernon Willis Allen (1917-1998), Horace Wilby Allen (1915-1931), Whitney Monroe Allen (1911-1920), Lenard Burton Allen (1926-2015).
After enlistment, he was extensively trained in the maintenance and operation of the radios and interphone on the B-24 and given training in the operation of the .50 caliber Browning aerial machineguns used on the B-24. 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. Sgt. Allen 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 memorial marker in the Ucon Cemetery, Ucon, Idaho. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.