WILTBANK, GLEN GILBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-680133, USAAF

 

Glen G. Wiltbank was born on 9 September 1915 in Edgar, Apache, Arizona, to Umpstead Rencher Wiltbank (1881-1947) and Ova (Shoop) Harrison nee Wiltbank (1891-1985). Siblings included Dale Una Wiltbank (1909-1910), Lela Wiltbank (1911-1919), and Leo George Wiltbank (1913-2000). He was married to Sylvia (Loescher) Wiltbank (1917-1970) on 20 November 1937 in Berrien Co., Michigan.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF (Enlisted # 16059914) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, resident in Berrien Co., Michigan, on 6 April 1942. He completed flight instruction at Rosecrans Field, St. Joseph, Michigan, and Aloe, Texas, where he earned his commission and wings, and was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to India. On 22 June 1944, a C-47A, # 43-15783, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed an airfield in India on a supply drop mission and was last at 25º 21’ North & 90º 0’ 30” East, in Burma. The C-47A crashed but some crewmen survived. 1stLt Knudtsen, 2ndLt Wiltbank and Cpl. Ray O. McNeill survived the crash and were rescued by Australian Army forces. 2ndLt Wiltbank later died in a hospital from his wounds. His remains were buried in the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India (Plot 4, Row 1, Grave 879). A search and rescue team investigated the crash. The C-47A was identified by the serial number on its rudder. The remains of the other three servicemen (T5s Emmeluth, Shea, and Fredette) were found at the crash site. After recovery from the crash site and temporary burial in India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 1 December 1949 (Sec. P, Grave 587).

 

His brother, Leo G. Wiltbank, born 6 July 1913, enlisted in the U.S. Army on 19 November 1941 at Fort Custer, Michigan. He returned from Europe aboard the Queen Mary on 21 August 1945. He was honorably discharged 20 October 1945, a Technical Sergeant, # 36161792, with the 105th Engineer Combat Battalion. He died on 17 December 2000 in Augusta, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan, and buried in Fort Custer National Cemetery (Sec. K, Grave 24).

MCNEILL, RAY OLAN, Sergeant, # 18120972, USAAF

 

Ray O. McNeill was born on 23 July 1908 in Jayton, Kent Co., Texas, to William Edgar McNeill (1885-1930) (TX) and Mattie Bell (Luman) McNeill (1890-1982) (OK). Siblings included Lochia Jane (McNeill) Snowden (1909-1993) and Cordia (McNiell) Crosby (1911-1946). He graduated from Sull Ross University (Sul Ross Sports Hall of Honor). On 23 December 1941, he married Hope Branum in Ector, Texas. He married Violet Taylor on 14 April 1984.