Last radio contact was at about 1054 India ST near 96º 48’ East & 25º 19’ North (near Warazup, Burma). At 1054 an unidentified aircraft was seen to crash into a low hill about 4 miles west of Warazup, Burma (Station 36), on a course of 290º. Liaison air located the crash but could not identify the aircraft which had burned. The last radio contact with 42-93341 was that they were “dropping on target.” After recovery from the American airfield military cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the Knoxville National Cemetery (Sec. X, Grave 54A).

OJA (LEHTOLA), ARNOLD S., Sergeant, # 31115894, USAAF

 

Arnold S. Lehtola Oja was born in 1920 in New York to Frank Sulo D. Lehtola Oja (1894-1932) and Lempi Marya (Harju) Lehtola Oja (1898-    ) (both born in Finland). A sister was Aili (Lehtola) Ciufo (1923-1997).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 11 July 1942 in Rutland, Vermont, while living in Weathersfield, Windsor Co., Vermont. He was trained as an an engineer, responsible for the mechanical and electrical systems aboard the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 7 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93341, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, on an air supply drop mission to a target in Burma, to return to land at the airfield at Sookerating, India. Last radio contact was at about 1054 India ST near 96º 48’ East & 25º 19’ North (near Warazup, Burma). At 1054 an unidentified aircraft was seen to crash into a low hill about 4 miles west of Warazup, Burma (Station 36), on a course of 290º. Liaison air located the crash but could not identify the aircraft which had burned. The last radio contact with 42-93341 was that they were “dropping on target.” His remains were temporarily buried in the American military airfield cemetery at Digboi, Assam, India. It is not presently known if his remains were recovered from India and buried in the United States.

MERCIER, ROBERT STANLEY, Sergeant, # 16021900, USAAF

 

Robert S. Mercier was born on 9 May 1917 in Negaunee, Marquette Co., Michigan, to Clifford Lee Mercier (1894-1949) and Adeline Marietta (Dahlberg) Marcier (1898-1995). Siblings included Clifford L. Mercier Jr. (1915-2008), George Ralph Mercier (1919-2005) Catherine Joan Augusta (Mercier) Boudreau (1930-2013).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Wausau, Wisconsin, on 26 February 1941. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 7 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93341, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, on an air supply drop mission to a target in Burma, to return to land at the airfield at Sookerating, India.