Frederick E. Heuss, Mansfield HS, 1940

O’KELLY, WILLIAM H., Second Lieutenant, # 0-718735, USAAF

 

William H. O’Kelly enlisted and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and sent overseas to India. He was married to Betty J. O’Kelly, hom in 1943 lived at 750 N. Cursou St, Hollywood, California. On 22 June 1944, at 1326 hours, a C-47A, # 43-15795, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, to Myitkyina, Burma, on an air supply mission. It was shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed and burned, killing most of the crew. The radio operator survived. Cpl. Heuss, at the 69th Evacuation Hospital, Ledo, India, reported: The C-47 crashed in the jungle. He was thrown clear and suffered a broken leg and other injuries. An officer was thrown clear and died of a broken neck. While in flight before the crash, two other officers were shot (by enemy aircraft and the C-47A was struck and losing altitude) while trying to throw some cargo out of the C-47 to make it lighter. The other officer burned to death when the C-47 burned. His remains could not be recovered. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

HARRIS, GLENN CHESTER MCKUSICK, Second Lieutenant, # 0-767540, USAAF

 

Glenn C. Harris was born on 3 May 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chester McKusick Harris (1895-1967) and Fern Irene (Jones) Harris (1899-1982). Siblings included Robert Burton Harris (1922-2000), Lorraine Ruth (Harris) Anderson (1925-1984), Lucille Leone (Harris) Lund (1928-1990). He was married to Mary Joan Harris, who in 1943 lived at 908 SouthEast Seventh St., Minneapolis, Minnesota. She recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman in 1944. In 1943 his mother resided at 2122 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 Fbruary 1942 and described himself as 6’1”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 27 February 1942. He completed flight training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. He was assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron. On 22 June 1944, at 1326 hours, a C-47A, # 43-15795, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, to Myitkyina, Burma, on an air supply mission. It was shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed and burned, killing most of the crew. The radio operator survived. Cpl. Heuss, at the 69th Evacuation Hospital, Ledo, India, reported: The C-47 crashed in the jungle. He was thrown clear and suffered a broken leg and other injuries. An officer was thrown clear and died of a broken neck. While in flight before the crash, two other officers were shot (by enemy aircraft and the C-47A was struck and losing altitude) while trying to throw some cargo out of the C-47 to make it lighter.