TSgt Richard J. Teeple

SPRINGER, ALLAN L., Technical Sergeant, # 13074164, USAAF

 

Allan L. Springer was born on 21 November 1921 in Pennsylvania to Ralph Springer (1897-1984) and Stella I. (Moser) Springer (1901-1931). Siblings included Eileen G. (Springer) Sheela (1920-2010), Karl Springer (1924-1940) and Leon L. Springer (1926-1993).

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 while living in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. He described himself as 5’8”, 174 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Baltimore, Maryland, on 21 July 1942. He was trained in radio maintenance and operations on the B-24 and was sent overseas. On 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed. The family placed a marker in the Montoursville Cemetery on his grave on 24 October 1947.