KENDALL, WILLIAM GRAHAM, Technical Sergeant, # 15330023, USAAF

 

William G. Kendall was born on 6 August 1922 in Daviess, Kentucky, to William G. Kendall (1871-1938) and Bertha Iris (Ray) Kendall (1884-1957) (married 1911, KY). Siblings included Thomas Ray Kendall (1912-1987), Hornes Kendall (1914-2011), Frances Eleanor (Kendall) Jones (1914-    ) and Ernestene Katherine (Kendall) Smeathers (1918-2001).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, on 27 August 1942. He was trained to maintain and repair the mechanical systems on the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 June 1945, a C-47A, “Marjorie,” with “6” on the nose, # 43-15881, assigned to 10th Air Force, North Burma Air Task Force, 1st Air Commando Group, 20th Combat Cargo Squadron, Bhamo, Burma, departed the airfield at Myitkyina South, Burma, on a cargo mission to Warazup, Burma. Last known contact was with base operations at Myitkyina South, Burma. The Task Force Air Jungle Rescue unit handled the search. Three of the crew’s (Smith, Kendall & Toombs) remains were indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 34, Site 5024 & 5025).

TOOMBS, RUSSELL JAMES, Staff Sergeant, # 31262700, USAAF

 

Russell J. Toombs was born in 1924 in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Sherman Toombs (1891-1978) and Mary Josephine (O’Neill) Toombs (1891-1975) (married 27 November 1912, Worcester, Mass.). Siblings included Sherman John Toombs (1913-1996), Elaine F. (Toombs) Mingolia (1914-2000), Grace Ann (Toombs) Winchester (1923-2010)

 

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 30 June 1945, a C-47A, “Marjorie,” with “6” on the nose, # 43-15881, assigned to 10th Air Force, North Burma Air Task Force, 1st Air Commando Group, 20th Combat Cargo Squadron, Bhamo, Burma, departed the airfield at Myitkyina South, Burma, on a cargo mission to Warazup, Burma. Last known contact was with base operations at Myitkyina South, Burma. The Task Force Air Jungle Rescue unit handled the search. Three of the crew’s (Smith, Kendall & Toombs) remains were indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 34, Site 5024 & 5025).