EASTHAM, CLIFFORD LEROY, Staff Sergeant, # 19017546, USAAF

 

Clifford L. Eastham was born 24 September 1923 in Washington to Albert Harrison Estham (1888-1955) (KY) and Elvie Muriel (Beck) Eastham (1894-1980) (Minn.) (married 18 May 1913 in Zillah, Yakima, WA). Siblings included Roland Willard Eastham (1915-1999). In 1940 his father worked in construction.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Seattle, Washington, on 14 March 1941. He was extensively trained in the maintenance and function of all weapons on the B-24 and in the operation of the weapons. 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. SSgt. Eastham died in the crash and his body was recovered by the enemy and buried in the naval base cemetery at Sattahieb, Siam (Thailand). Graves Registration recovered his remains from Thailand, then from temporary burial at the 10th Air Force airfield at Barrackpore, India, He was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 11 January 1949 (Sec. B, Frave 1240). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

SKAGGS, PHILIP R., Staff Sergeant, # 6988551, USAAF

 

Philip R. Skaggs was born in 1921 in Fayette County, West Virginia to Lawrence Cavendish Skaggs (1887-1957) and Etta Ray (Pettry) Ogg nee Skaggs (1898-1988). Siblings included Lawrence Grayson Skaggs (1916-1989) and Virginia Skaggs (1923-    ). In 1940 his father worked as a bookkeeper.

 

After enlistment, he was extensively trained in the maintenance and function of all weapons on the B-24 and in the operation of the weapons. 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. SSgt. Skaggs 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 Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Lawrence G. Skaggs, born 13 December 1916, served in the U.S. Army from 8 October 1943 through 13 December 1946. He died 14 November 1989.