Linus J Austin - circa 1941

Whitley Austin - circa 1943

BRECKENRIDGE, RUSSELL TALIAFERRO, First Lieutenant, # 0-571072, USAAF

 

Russell T. Breckenridge was born 1 January 1914 in Kansas City, Missouri, to John Breckenridge (1889-    ) and Helen MacBeth Breckenridge. On 19 February 1935 she married James S. Bald, in Los Angeles, CA.

 

When he registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, he described himself as 5’11”, 150 lbs, with black hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in Los Angeles, California, on 1 June 1942, with four years of college. He was trained to gather and analyze intelligence and was the S-2, intelligence officer, for the 373rd Bomb Squadron. On 20 May 1944, at about 1600 hours, a B-24J, # 42-73317, “Puck” assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), 14th Air Force departed Luichow, China, on a sea sweep combat mission, to land at Yangkai, China. It was speculated that anti-aircraft fire brought it down. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines.

CASE, HAROLD W., Technical Sergeant, # 3632085, USAAF

 

Harold W. Case was born in 1918 in Illinois to Herbert Thomas Case (1899-1968) and Emma Adell “Della”(Scofield) Case (1898-1970). Siblings included Gilbert Case (1920-1962), Herbert T. Case Jr. (1922-1990), Richard Case (1928-1978), Jena Case (1928-    ), and Russell Case (1938-2012).

 

He enlisted at Camp Grant, Illinois, on 23 February 1942. He was trained to maintain the mechanical systems on the B-24 and became a B-24 aeronautical engineer. On 20 May 1944, at about 1600 hours, a B-24J, # 42-73317, “Puck” assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), 14th Air Force departed Luichow, China, on a sea sweep combat mission, to land at Yangkai, China. It was speculated that anti-aircraft fire brought it down. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines.