42-96588         MACR 28621

 

On 26 June 1945 a C-46A Commando assigned to 10th Air Force, 1326th AAF Base Unit, Lalmanirhat, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a cargo mission to Lalmanirhat airfield. The crew was:

                                             Pilot                             2ndLt Theodore L. Dufur                    0-775833

                                             Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Philip A. McGrath                     0-774428

                                             Radio Operator            TSgt Herschel S. Fahr                          18167392

Mrs. Eileen K. Dufur, 4117 Cudahy St., Huntington Park, CA, inquired concerning her husband’s status. The next-of-kin listed were:

                                       Dufur               Eileen K. Dufur, W, 4117 Cudahy St., Huntington Park, CA

                                       McGrath          Cecilia M. McGrath, M, 5945 Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL

                                       Fahr                 Bertha Fahr, M, Marmaduke, AR

DUFUR, THEODORE LEONARD, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-775833, USAAF

 

Theodore L. Dufur was born on 17 November 1920 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Theodore L. Dufur and Mabel Margaret (Ingham) Dufur (married 31 August 1919, Lorimar, IA). Siblings were Robert Edgar Dufur (1922-1989), Doris Arlene (Dufur) Denman (1924-2004), Mildred Lucille (Dufur), and Nancy Lou (Dufur) Perkins (1932-1997). Hastings (1930-2009). He married Eileen Kathleen (Roy) Nelson nee Dufur (1921-2011) in Yuma, Arizona.

 

He registered for the WWII draft, employed by Aluminum Co. of America, resided at 10612 San Juan Ave., South Gate, CA, and described himself as 6’1 ½”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools for the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 26 June 1945 a C-46A Commando assigned to 10th Air Force, 1326th AAF Base Unit, Lalmanirhat, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a cargo mission to Lalmanirhat airfield. The C-46 crashed and the crew lost. After recovery from the military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the Fort Rosecrans, San Diego, San Diego Co., California, on 25 March 1949 (Sec. H, Grave 576).

 

His brother, Robert E. Dufur, born 3 May 1922, served in the USAAF from 25 June 1943 to 21 January 1946 and in the USAF from 10 August 1950 to 14 July 1951/during WWII. His wife, Mary M. Dufur, born 17 December 1922, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He died 27 November 1989 and she on 3 March 1006. They are buried in the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, Santa Clara Co., California.

MCGRATH, PHILIP ARTHUR, Second Lieutenant, # 0-774428, USAAF

 

Philip A. McGrath was born on 24 May 1922 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, to John Joseph McGrath (1883-1924) and Cecilia Marian (O’Mahoney) McGrath (1895-1972). Siblings were Winifred McGrath (1917-1917), Jeanne Cecile (McGrath) O’Leary (1918-1991) and John J. McGrath (Jr.) (1919-1943). Living with them in 1930 were his maternal grandmother, Minnie J. O’Mahoney (1870-1945) (WI) (widowed) and a maternal uncle, Philip J. O’Mahoney (1901-    ) (IL).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 26 June 1942, resided at 5945 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL, was a student, and described himself as 5’10”, 150 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes.  After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools for the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India.