OLSON, CECIL LAMAR, Technical Sergeant, # 19116120, USAAF

 

Cecil L. Olson was born 1 November 1918 to John Lester Olson (1878-1932) and Emily Ann (Walters) Olson (1884-1976) (in 1940, widow), both born in Utah with parents from Sweden/Pennsylvania and England, respectively. Siblings included Fenton L. Olson (1910-1931) and Mildred Ann (Olson) Peet (1914-2004). In 1920 his father was a railroad repairman.

 

He enlisted on 8 August1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was trained in radio maintenance and operations on a B-24. On registration for the WW II draft, he lived in Weiser, Idaho, and described himself as 5’8”, 138 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. 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. A marker was placed remembering him in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery, Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho.

REGAL, ARTHUR, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 39530328, USAAF

 

Arthur (NMI) Regal, Jr., was born 1921 in Missouri to Arthur Regal (1893-1958) and Frances Emma (Bolderson) Regal (1903-1983). In 1942 the family live at 3827 Independence, South Gate, Los Angeles County, California.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 August 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He was trained in B-24 aircraft mechanics and as a gunner (.50 caliber Browning aircraft machinegun). 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.