He enlisted at Hobbs USAAF Airfield, New Mexico, resident of Brewster Co., Texas, on 27 July 1942. He was trained in the maintenance, repair and operation of the radio equipment used on USAAF aircraft. He earned his crewman wings. 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. He died on 22 June 2007 in Midland, Texas, and is buried in Resthaven Memorial Park, Midland, Texas. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He is survived by many who loved him.

EMMELUTH, JOHN DAVID, Technician 5th Grade, # 32433520, USAAF

 

John D. Emmeluth was born on 29 July 1920 in Connecticut to David L. Emmeluth (1883-1951) and Minnie F. (Polhemus) Emmeluth (1881-1963) (NJ). Siblings included Walter I. Emmeluth (1912-1981) and William Warren Emmeluth (1919-1995).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF, resident of Westchester C., New York, at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, on 20 August 1942. He was trained in the supply of food, clothing, arms and other supplies at the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia. He was sent overseas to India, assigned to 3841 Quartermaster Truck Co., 478 Quartermaster Battalion Mobile. 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. The remains of all three were buried in the airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India (X-393 at 3-T-14, X-394 at 3-T-34, and X-395 at 3-U-28). Dental charts were made for future identifications. After recovery of his remains from Burma and Barrackpore, India, they were buried in a double-casket grave in the Long Island National Cemetery, Suffolk Co., Farmington, NY on 25 October 1949 (Sec. J, Grave 13572 & 13573).