BITTLINGMEYER, HENRY, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 12084366, USAAF

 

Heinrich “Henry” Bittlingmeyer II was born in 1917 in Queens Co., New York, to Henry Bittlingmeyer (1889-    ) (Hungary) and Anna (Ress) Bittlingmeyer (1889-    ) (married 14 December 1915, Manhattan, NY).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 June 1945, a C-47A, # 43-15699, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2nd Air Commando Group, 317th Troop Carrier Squadron, Ledo, India, departed the airfield at Lashio, Burma, on an operational flight in the combat area to Myitkyina North, Burma. Its last known location at 1250 hours was about 23º 35’ North & 97º 25’ East. The last to see the C-47A was Capt. Charles L. Sacks, 0-1695837. The last radio contact was with LCpl Willard Collins, 3673926. The last radio message from the C-47A was: “On course at 23º 35’ N, 97º 25’ E.” After recovery by Graves Registration from Burma and burial in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, the remains of the crew were buried in a group ceremony (Gumble, Moore, Jaskiewicz, Bittlingmeyer, Burns & DeMing) and caskets in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 23 August 1951 (Sec. F, Graves 345A-C).

BURNS, FREDERICK STRASENBURGH, Private First Class, # 13143464, USAAF

 

Frederick S. Burns was born in 1922 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, to Robert Williamson Burns (1893-1957) (OH) and Lois E. (Strasenburgh) Burns (1896-1970) (NY) (married 16 May 1925, NY). Siblings included Lois Betty (Burns) Sternloff (1926-2005) and Robert Williamson Burns III (1927-2007).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Washington, D.C., on 7 December 1942. He was trained and sent overseas to India, assigned to the 12th AAF Air Cargo Squadron. On 27 June 1945, a C-47A, # 43-15699, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2nd Air Commando Group, 317th Troop Carrier Squadron, Ledo, India, departed the airfield at Lashio, Burma, on an operational flight in the combat area to Myitkyina North, Burma. Its last known location at 1250 hours was about 23º 35’ North & 97º 25’ East. The last to see the C-47A was Capt. Charles L. Sacks, 0-1695837. The last radio contact was with LCpl Willard Collins, 3673926. The last radio message from the C-47A was: “On course at 23º 35’ N, 97º 25’ E.” After recovery by Graves Registration from Burma and burial in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, the remains of the crew were buried in a group ceremony (Gumble, Moore, Jaskiewicz, Bittlingmeyer, Burns & DeMing) and caskets in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 23 August 1951 (Sec. F, Graves 345A-C).

 

His father, born 19 March 1893, served during WWI in the U.S. Navy, an Ensign, starting in the U.S.N.R. on 4 September 1917. He was called to active duty 7 January 1918. When he registered for the WWI draft, he was a student in Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. He died 28 April 1957 in Albertson, Nassau Co., New York.