REYNOLDS, FLETCHER PURMEDUS, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-720908, USAAF

 

Fletcher P. Reynolds Jr. was born on 25 May 1919 in Jacksonville, Florida, to Fletcher P. Reynolds (1883-1947) (GA) and Susie Lee (Cantrell) Reynolds (1886-1959) (GA). Siblings included Douglas Wolcott Reynolds (1913-1995) (GA), Harriett H. (Reynolds) Hayes (1915-2011) (GA), Catherine C. (Reynolds) Motley (1917-2015) (GA). His maternal aunt, Harriet “Hattie” F. Cantrell (1882-    ) (GA) lived with them in 1920. He was married to Joan Mae (Antonette) Reynolds on 11 May 1940 in Washington, D.C. In 1941 he was a U.S. Engraver, living with his wife at 616 Willow Branch, Jacksonville, FL.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 and described himself as 5’11”, 143 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he completed basic and advanced flight training, was rated for multi-engine aircraft, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent to 10th Air Force in India. On 28 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93385, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, Assam Padesh, India, on an air supply to British Site 47. It was last located at 25º 8’ North 96º 34’ East and crashed in Burma for unknown causes. The last contact by radio was with Sgt. Jacob F. Rempfer, # 37286073. Two locations were possible: (1) Indagyi Lake (not found); (2) the Chindwin River valley (6 week trip in jungle) – not investigated. He is remembered on the wall at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. The family placed a memorial marker in the Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL.

TORBERT, ROY DANA, Staff Sergeant, # 15040326, USAAF

 

Roy D. Torbert was born in 1920 in Philo, Ohio, to Floyd Dana Torbert (1894-1968) (NE) and Ruth Ellen (Anderson) Torbert (1894-1952) (OH). Siblings included Esther M. (Torbert) Monroe (1922-2015), Joanna (Torbert) Osborne (1924-1988), Joyce A. (Torbert) Wentz (1928-2011), William Anderson Torbert (1931-2007), Richard Lee Torbert (1933-2014). Mary Ellen (Fouts) Anderson (1865-1950) (widow) lived with them in 1930 (spouse – Charles David Anderson (1861-1918). He attended Philo High School, Philo, Ohio (member – Foreign Correspondence Club).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF at Patterson Field, Fairfield, OH (now Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH), on 26 June 1941, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio on transport aircraft. He was sent to 10th Air Force in India. On 28 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93385, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, Assam Padesh, India, on an air supply to British Site 47.