MCPHERSON, SYDNEY HOWARD, Staff Sergeant, # 32514960, USAAF

 

Sydney H. McPherson was born on 18 May 1921 in New York, New York, to William Edward McPherson (1885-1973) and Bessie M. (Lane) McPherson (1888-1981) (married 10 June 1912, Kings Co., NY). Siblings included William E. McPherson Jr. (1914-2000) and Robert Lewis McPherson (1916-1992).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Kings Co., New York, on 29 September 1942. He was trained as an armorer and gunner, responsible for maintenance of all weapons on the B-24, except bombs. He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73430, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yankai, China, departed the airfield at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep combat mission. It was lost due to enemy anti-aircraft fire as it was attacking an enemy convoy in the South China Sea. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Robert L. McPherson, born 3 September 1916, served in the U.S. Army, Technician 4th Grade, from 2 December 1944. He died 5 July 1992 and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.