KANE, WILLIAM EDWARD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-821501, USAAF

 

William E. Kane was born in 1925 in Holyoke, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, to Harold E. Kane (1901-    ) and Margaret S. (Jess) Kane (1909-1993) (married in 1923 in Holyoke, MA). A sister was Marilyn Kane (1923-2000). His father was an electrician in 1930. His maternal grandmother, Nara Jess (1868-    ) (widowed) lived with them in 1940.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Massachusetts and completed flight schools through advanced training and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93379, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the Ledo airfield to site 281 and to return. It crashed in Burma during the mission and all aboard were killed. The last contact was by radio with Sgt Floyd F. Higgins, # 19103396, at 1420 hours local. The remains of the crewmen (Roberts, Callahan, Meyers, Olason, & Kane) were indistinguishable and they were buried in a common ceremony and graves in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louiseville, Kentucky, on 28 September 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 167-168).

CALLAHAN, DONALD A., Sergeant, # 36729516, USAAF

 

Donald A. Callahan was born on 9 July 1923 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, to William James Callahan (1891-1978) and Agnes Marie (Marchand) Callahan (1891-    ) (married 22 August 1916). Siblings included William J. Callahan Jr. (1918-1980). His maternal grandmother, Marie Delia (Dagenais) Marchand (1857-1944) (French Canadian) lived with them in 1940 (widow of William Marchand (1857-1931) (French Canadian) (married 1880, Montreal, Quebec, Canada). His father was a livestock office manager in 1930.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93379, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the Ledo airfield to site 281 and to return. It crashed in Burma during the mission and all aboard were killed. The last contact was by radio with Sgt Floyd F. Higgins, # 19103396, at 1420 hours local. The remains of the crewmen (Roberts, Callahan, Meyers, Olason, & Kane) were indistinguishable and they were buried in a common ceremony and graves in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louiseville, Kentucky, on 28 September 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 167-168).

 

His brother, William J. Callahan Jr., born 28 February 1918, served in the U.S. Army from 11 April 1941 to 4 October 1945. He died on 10 August 1980 in California.

TAYLOR, WILLIAM E., Private First Class, # 32759381, USAAF

 

William E. Taylor was born in 1918 to Taylor and Mary E. (Wright) Taylor (1878-1970). A sister was Ruth E. Taylor (1920-    ). They lived with his maternal grandfather, William H. Wright (1851-    ) in 1940.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Newark, New Jersey, on 10 March 1942. He was trained in the supply of goods at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Ft. Lee, Virginia. He was sent overseas to India.