RICHARDSON, PAUL NEWTON, Sergeant, # 34571069, USAAF

 

Paul N. Richardson was born in 1921 in Georgia to John Newton Richardson (1900-1983) and Mary Lois Richardson (1903-1986). He had sisters: Wynelle Richardson (1927-2002), Dorris Ann Richardson (1935-1938) and Peggy Lucile Richardson (1937-1938).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, on 6 November 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and function of the mechanical parts of the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 23 July 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93349, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, at Moran, India, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to Myitkyina, Burma. All squadron aircraft in the area were told to look for the C-47A. A search C-47 searched for 2 successive days – of a 20 square mile area. The area was immediately south of Shadazup, Burma in the Huking Valley. An aircraft was reported down in the area but, the search found nothing. The C-47 wreckage was found after the Japanese surrendered and the indistinguishable remains recovered by Graves Registration. The remains of the crew were buried on 3 September 1949 in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lamay, Missouri (Sec 82, Graves 58 and 59).

O’LEARY, FRANCIS E., Staff Sergeant, # 20123895, USAAF

 

Francis E. O’Leary was born 4 July 1919 in Massachusets to William C. O’Leary (1888-1956) and Ellen C. (McGarry) O’Leary (1886-1960). Siblings included William Cornelius O’Leary (1916-1979), Daniel O’Leary (1918-1921), Arthur Joseph O’Leary (1919-1996), Margaret O’Leary (1922-1924), and James Leo O’Leary (1925-2004).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment of the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 23 July 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93349, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, at Moran, India, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to Myitkyina, Burma. All squadron aircraft in the area were told to look for the C-47A. A search C-47 searched for 2 successive days – of a 20 square mile area. The area was immediately south of Shadazup, Burma in the Huking Valley. An aircraft was reported down in the area but, the search found nothing. The C-47 wreckage was found after the Japanese surrendered and the indistinguishable remains recovered by Graves Registration. The remains of the crew were buried on 3 September 1949 in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lamay, Missouri (Sec 82, Graves 58 and 59).

KELLY, JAMES P., Corporal, # 19167839, USAAF

 

James P. Kelly was born on 1 June 1917. After enlisting in the USAAF he was trained in the maintenance and function of the mechanical parts of the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 23 July 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93349, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, at Moran, India, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to Myitkyina, Burma. All squadron aircraft in the area were told to look for the C-47A. A search C-47 searched for 2 successive days – of a 20 square mile area. The area was immediately south of Shadazup, Burma in the Huking Valley. An aircraft was reported down in the area but, the search found nothing. The C-47 wreckage was found after the Japanese surrendered and the indistinguishable remains recovered by Graves Registration.