His nephew, John W. Hunt, born 6 November 1930, served in the U.S. Navy from 13 November 1947 to 31 May 1954 (Korean War). He died 28 August 2003 and is buried in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Clark Co., Nevada.

BEHERER, WILLIAM z., First Lieutenant

 

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42-96822         MACR 14351

 

On 3 May 1945 a C-47A, “Stork,” # 42-96822, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last radio contact was at about 1322 Zulu near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma. The crew was:

                                                   Pilot                             1stLt Ray L. Pierson                0-516087

                                                   Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Donald (NMI) Roser     0-776961

                                                   Radio Operator            TSgt Carl D. Uhlmann             35584461

2ndLt Roser reported that about 15 minutes past Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, they encountered a thunderstorm. The left engine quit because of icing and about 5 minutes later the right engine began losing power. 1stLt Pierson ordered the crew to bail out. Tsgt Uhlmann was first and 2ndLt Roser followed. When he jumped, 1stLt Pierson was about ½ the distance from the cockpit to the cargo door. 2ndLt Roser landed about 40 miles north-northwest of Myitkyina, Burma, west of the Irrawady River. 1stLt Pierson was killed.

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                               Pierson             W.H. Pierson, F, 1305 Tenth St., La Grande, OR

                                               Roser               Ethel F. Roser, M, 4 Corso 13th St., Nebraska City, NE

                                               Uhlmann          Nellie Uhlmann, M, RRte 12, Box 349, Indianapolis, IN

PIERSON, RAY LOWELL, First Lieutenant, # 0-516087, USAAF

 

Ray L. Pierson was born on 4 October 1921 in The Dalles, Oregon, to Winfred H. Pierson (1889-1956) and Elva Edith (Wythers) Pierson (1890-1980). Siblings were Berneta Sunshine Pierson (1911-2004), Lenn Morris Pierson (1915-2006), James “Jimmie” Gene Pierson (1928-    ). He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, employed by Mount Emily Lumber Co., resided in La Grande, Union Co., OR, and described himself as 6’1”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools for the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 3 May 1945 a C-47A, “Stork,” # 42-96822, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last radio contact was at about 1322 Zulu near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma. 2ndLt Roser reported that about 15 minutes past Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, they encountered a thunderstorm. The left engine quit because of icing and about 5 minutes later the right engine began losing power. 1stLt Pierson ordered the crew to bail out. Tsgt Uhlmann was first and 2ndLt Roser followed. When he jumped, 1stLt Pierson was about ½ the distance from the cockpit to the cargo door. 2ndLt Roser landed about 40 miles north-northwest of Myitkyina, Burma, west of the Irrawady River. 1stLt Pierson was killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.