He enlisted in the USAAF and was trained as in radio operation and maintenance on the B-24. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was assistant radio operator, 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 awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. 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.

 

BECKER, WILLIAM C , Staff Sergeant, # 35514154, USAAF

 

William C. Becker was born in 1920 to Andrew Becker (1898-    ) and Mary Kieth nee Becker

(1905-    ) in Geauga County, Ohio. A sister was Mary Becker (1925-    ).

 

He enlisted 30 September 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio, and was trained as a weapon armorer, responsible for the function and maintenance of all weapons on the B-24. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was armorer-gunner, 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 awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. 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.

 

CALLAHAN, PAUL B , Staff Sergeant, # 14053393, USAAF

 

Paul B. Callahan was born in 1920 in North Carolina to Carl Cleophious Callahan (1888-1972) and Lorena Ester (Briggs) Callahan (1891-1972). Siblings include Charles Callahan (1928-    ), Glenn Ernest Callahan (1912-1980). Carl Callahan worked in construction.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 19 November 1941 in Charlotte, North Carolina, while residing in Buncombe County, North Carolina, and was trained as a weapon armorer, responsible for the function and maintenance of all weapons on the B-24. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was armorer-gunner, 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 awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. The remains of at least eight crewmen 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.