PRETE, MICHAEL P., Second Lieutenant, # 0-825276, USAAF

 

Michael P. Prete was born on 23 May 1922 in Illinois to Joseph A. Prete (1897-1969) (PA) and Annunziata “Nancy” (Motto) Prete (1903-1985) (PA). Siblings included Gerald Prete (1919-2002), Mary (Prete) Dombrowski (1920-1993), Nicholas Michael Prete (1930-2007), Louis D. Prete (1940-    ). Living with them in 1940 was his maternal aunt, Florence (Motto) Palumbo (1910-2008).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF on 12 October 1942, he completed flight instruction through advanced school for the C-47 Skytrain and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 January 1945, a C-47, # 42-93329, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply drop mission. The C-47 crashed into a mountain while dropping supplies to ground troops at Hua-Lin, Burma, five and one-half miles from Namhkam (coordinates 23º 46’ North & 97º 40’ East. After recovery from Kalaikunda air field cemetery, India, his remains were buried in the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook Co., Illinois, in September 1948 (Sec. 22, Blk 12, Lot 146, Grave 1).

WALLACE, JAMES STANTON, Sergeant, # 17060454, USAAF

 

James S. Wallace was born on 12 February 1920 in Kansas to Thomas E. Wallace (1888-1971) and Ferris M. (Stanton) Wallace (1895-1946).  Siblings included Earl Edward Wallace (1922-2006), and Thomas Stanton Wallace (1918-1918).  Living near them in 1925 were an uncle and aunt, James Stanton (1869-    ) and Eva Stanton (1878-    ), three cousins, Lucinda Richards (1904-    ), Gina Richards (1907-    ), and Rita Richards (1911-    ) and great-aunt Emma Farris (1852-    ). Living with them in 1940 was his maternal grandmother, Una A. Stanton (1877-1967).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 6 October 1972. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell and earned his crewman wings. He was trained as a gunner. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 January 1945, a C-47, # 42-93329, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply drop mission. . The C-47 crashed into a mountain while dropping supplies to ground troops at Hua-Lin, Burma, five and one-half miles from Namhkam (coordinates 23º 46’ North & 97º 40’ East.