QUICK, ERNEST SYDNEY, Technical Sergeant, # 14082928, USAAF

 

Ernest S. Quick was born 22 June 1901 in Brimfield, Illinois to Ernest Quick (1870-1961) and Mary (Emerson) Quick (1871-1958). He had a sister, Winifred (Quick) Lester (1904-1989). His wife was Rose May (Horn) Quick (1905-2003). The 1920 census shows them living at 309 East 15th St., Bonham, Fannin Co., TX.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 14 February 1942, residing at 1353 SW I St., Miami, Dade, Florida, while working at Lane & Quick, 203 First Federal Building, Miami, FL, and describing himself as 5’8”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. His named kin was Ernest Quick, 1806 Kipling, Houston, Texas. He enlisted in the USAAF on 13 August 1942 at Camp Blanding, Florida, while he resided in Miami, Dade County, Florida. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was the radio operator and responsible for radio and interphone maintenance, departed India on a bombing mission with six other B-24J bombers, to Pokokku, Burma. After the bombs were dropped, about 15-20 enemy fighters engaged them. Some were shot down and the remainder returned to their bases in India. The heroic efforts of the flight crew could not save them. He was one of two crewmen to escape the bomber as it dove toward the ground. He was captured and imprisoned. He was liberated about 11 May 1945 and, after medical treatment and care, returned home.

 

CORY, QUINTIN DONALD, Staff Sergeant, # 19032562, USAAF

 

Quintin D. Cory was born 25 July 1910 in Washington to Martin S. Cory (1880-1967) and Etta F. (Oxreider) Cory (1881-1953). He had siblings in the 1930 census, Mable G. Cory and Philip C. Cory. Another was Hazel Bertha (Cory) DeWitt (1906-1999). While stationed at Geiger Field (now the Spokane International Airport), Washington, he married Avis Dorothy (Fike) Cockrum nee Cory (1920-2008) on 20 September 1941 in Spokane, Washington, in the presence of Philip C. Cory and Mary Fike.

 

On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was the assistant engineer and responsible for weapon maintenance and function, departed India on a bombing mission with six other B-24J bombers, to Pokokku, Burma. After the bombs were dropped, about 15-20 enemy fighters engaged them. Some were shot down and the remainder returned to their bases in India. TSgt Ernest S. Quick believed that SSgt Cory bailed out but, he died in the crash. The heroic efforts of the flight crew could not save them. The remains of at least eight crewmen (Becker, Callahan, Cory, Johnson, Kimball, Leibowitz, Speck and Walker) were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. A group grave (single casket) was buried 30 August 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO.

SPECK, CARL A., Staff Sergeant, # 37219178 , USAAF

 

Carl A. Speck was born 2 October 1920 in Oswego, Labette County, Kansas, to Jacob Edward Speck (1875-1937) and Berda “Birdie” Lee (Morgan) Speck (1897- 1982). He had numerous siblings, including Anna Mae (Speck) Stice (1917-1938), James Edward Speck (1918-2004), William “Willie” D. Speck (1924-2001), Mack Cecil Speck (1926-1979), Nettie Speck (1928-    ), Mary Lee (Speck) Peek (1931-2013), Betty J. Speck (1933-2015), Juanita Speck (1937-    ), and Jacob Edward Speck Jr. (1938-2010). Half-siblings (from marriage to Eliza Leslie (1875-1909), included Charles Lester Speck (1901-1987), Harry E. Speck (1904-1967), Roy L. Speck (1905-1986) and Clarence F. Speck (1909-1958). In the 1940 census, Birdie is widowed.