CANNON, MERVIN B., Second Lieutenant, # 0-825559, USAAF

 

Mervin B. Cannon enlisted in the USAAF and completed flight instruction and advanced flight school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 9 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93365, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Moran, India, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply mission over target 283, Burma (drop supplies to ground troops). The C-47A was seen to crash at about 0950 hours near 23º 57’ North & 97º 26’ East. All aboard were killed. 1stLt Smith reported: At about 0830, 9 December 1944, he was briefed with the pilos of # 42-93365 and 42-93360 for a target at the above cited location. At about 0850, they departed at about 2-minute intervals. Upon arrival at the target drop site, one C-47 was circling and another was down and burning. Radio contact revealed the C-47 still aloft was 42-93360. There were no signs of life near the downed C-47. He is remembered on the memorial wall at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas (Sec MA, Site 139). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

ZABOROWSKI, LOUIS C., Staff Sergeant, # 35154087, USAAF

 

Louis C. Zaborowski was born 16 February 1919 in Lake County, Wisconsin to Charles Bernard Zaborowski (1891-1968) (Mich.) and Stella (Stasco) Zaborowski (1895-1984) (IL). Siblings included Teresa (Zaborowski) Grewe (1915-1983), Louise Regina (Zaborowski) Chelmecki (1918-2001), Margaret Zaborowski (1922-    ), Bernard R. Zaborowski (1924-    ), and Eugene Zaborowski ( (1929-    ).. In 1920 his father was a blacksmith. In 1930 his father was a hardware merchant. In 1940 his father was a blacksmith in a forestry shop. On 7 May 1943 he married Agnes K. Holewinski in Lake Co., Indiana. Upon his death, she lived at 3938 Deal St., East Chicago, Illinois.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 11 March 1941 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the C-47. He earned his crewman wings. He was assigned overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 9 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93365, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Moran, India, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply mission over target 283, Burma (drop supplies to ground troops). The C-47A was seen to crash at about 0950 hours near 23º 57’ North & 97º 26’ East. All aboard were killed. 1stLt Smith reported: At about 0830, 9 December 1944, he was briefed with the pilos of # 42-93365 and 42-93360 for a target at the above cited location. At about 0850, they departed at about 2-minute intervals. Upon arrival at the target drop site, one C-47 was circling and another was down and burning. Radio contact revealed the C-47 still aloft was 42-93360. There were no signs of life near the downed C-47. He is remembered on the memorial wall at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

WELLMAN, JAMES THOMAS, Staff Sergeant, #14057608, USAAF

 

James T. Wellman was born on 7 August 1913 in Clemont, Florida to James Franklin Wellman (1882-1963) and Cora Esta (Epperley) Wellman (1892-    ). Siblings included Helen Louise Wellman (1911-1988), Harold Joffre Wellman (1918-1995), Robert Anderson Wellman (1920-2000), Charles Franklin Wellman (1932-1997), William Brian Wellman (1925-    ) and a sister. He married Myrtle B. Holley on 2 February 1943 in Montgomery, Alabama. His father was a carpenter.