CALLANDER, RICHARD BURTON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-756478, USAAF

 

Richard B. Callander was born on 23 December 1922 in Vancouver, Canda, to James Callender (1898-1978) (Cumberland, B.C., Canada) and Eva Hattie (Burton) Callander (1899-1949) Hyde Park, Mass.) (married 25 Oct. 1919). Siblings included Sherwin Aalexander Callander (1920-    ) (Vancouver, Canada), James Callander Jr. (1925-2008) (CA). In 1942-1943, his family lived at 612 43rd Street, Oakland, California.

 

He completed flight training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was named the honor pilot at Luke Field in fighter school. On 23 August 1944, C-47A, # 43-15381, assigned to 14thAir Force, 14th Transport Squadron, departed the airfield at Cho Lum Pao, China, on a combat cargo mission to the airfield at Kunming, China. The last contact was by radio with radio station NQ-4. The C-47A crashed into mountains in northeast Yunan Province, near Yankai, China, enroute to Kunming from Peishiyi, China. Weather bad; flying IFR. Wreckage found by Chinese soldiers who reported all aboard were dead. His remains were recovered from the airfield cemetery at Kunming, China, and buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 15 December 1949 (Sec. P, Site 966).

 

His brother, Sherwin A. Callander, served in the U.S. Navy (# 3759663) and was at Pearl Harbor (Patrol Squadron 23 – VP-11) during the attack 7 December 1941 in WW II. He served on the U.S.S. McKenzie (AS) (1939-1940), the U.S.S. Wright (DD 614) (F2c) (1941-1942), the U.S.S. Lyon (AP 71) (1943-1944). He was in the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. He was on the combat transports for the invasions of Safi, French Morocco, Sicily and Salerno.

 

His brother, James Callander Jr., born 26 November 1925, served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.

CASTRO, PASCUAL, Sergeant, # 39528053, USAAF

 

Pascual Castro was born on 17 May 1920 in Cucamonga, California, to Severiano Castro (1877-1947) (Mexico) and Maria (Duenaz) Castro (    -1928) . Siblings included Jesus Castro (1912-    ) (Mexico), Carmen (Castro) Acosta (1917-1991) (Arizona), Rafael “Ralph” Castro (1923-1973), Ruth Faustino Castro (1925-2015), and Louis Gilberto Castro (1928-1994). In 1930 his father was a blacksmith. They lived at 164 E. Arrow Hwy, Cucamonga, CA.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941 while working for the Old Baldy Citrus Assn. He described himself as 5’5”, 136 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in Los Angeles, California, on 21 July 1942, with one year of college completed. He was trained, earned his crewman wings, and was sent overseas to China. He was assigned to the Headquarters 14th Air Force, Transport Section. He was the engineer (crew chief), responsible for the maintenance and function of the C-47 mechanics on the flight. On 23 August 1944, C-47A, # 43-15381, assigned to 14thAir Force, 14th Transport Squadron, departed the airfield at Cho Lum Pao, China, on a combat cargo mission to the airfield at Kunming, China. The last contact was by radio with radio station NQ-4. The C-47A crashed into mountains in northeast Yunan Province, near Yankai, China, enroute to Kunming from Peishiyi, China. Weather bad; flying IFR. Wreckage found by Chinese soldiers who reported all aboard were dead. His remains were recovered from the airfield cemetery at Kunming, China, and buried in Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, California.