KILGOUR, HAROLD V., Technical Sergeant, # 16175890, USAAF

 

Harold V. Kilgour was born 1924 in Barrie, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada to Victor Samuel Kilgour (1896-1968) and Constance “Connie” M. (Nash) Kilgour (1901-2002).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 8 December 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73516, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed its airfield on a sea sweep combat mission and was seen to crash at about 0718 Zulu at coordinates 20° 15’ North & 114° 32’ East. It was shot down by anti-aircraft about 100 miles Southeast of St. John’s Island, South East China Sea. He is remembered on the tablets ofhe missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is memorialized with his parents in the Barrie Union Cemetery, Barrie, Simcoe Co., Ontario, Canada. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

SJOLANDER, SAM CURTIS, Technical Sergeant, # 18190360, USAAF

 

Sam C. Sjolander was born on 11 September 1920 in Cedar Bayou, Harris Co., Texas to Sam Young Sjolander (1891-1976) (TX) and Katherine Ellen (McGar)Sjolander (1897-1969) (TX) (married 17 May 1914, Harris Co., TX). Siblings included George Anton Sjolander (1915-1984), Winnie Caroline (Sjolander) Rees (1917-1988), Margaret Ellen (Sjolander) Darlington (1919-2014), Lilly Mae (Sjolander) Williamson (1923-1990), John William Sjolander (1915-1999), and Earl Olaf Sjolander (1927-2009). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandfather, William Seaton McGar (1858-1932) (VA) (widowed) (Winnie (Weaver) McGar). Living with them in 1940 was his brother-in-law, Urban Rees (1915-1987), and Louis Rees (1938-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942 and described himself as 5’9”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Houston, Texas, on 31 October 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain (crew chief/engineer) for the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73516, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed its airfield on a sea sweep combat mission and was seen to crash at about 0718 Zulu at coordinates 20° 15’ North & 114° 32’ East. It was shot down by anti-aircraft about 100 miles Southeast of St. John’s Island, South East China Sea. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.