He enlisted in the USAAF in Camp Grant, Illinois, on 30 July 1941, and was selected for flight training on 3 November 1943. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated to fly the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 23 June 1945, a C-47B, # 43-16195, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Troop Carrier Squadron, Warazup, Burma, departed the airfield at North Myitkyina, Burma, on a troop carrier mission to the airfield at Ledo, Assam, India. Last contact was by radio with Cpl. Norval G. Turner, 39205418. The C-47B was forced down and crashed at 0840 hours at North Myitkyina, Burma. Twenty-one servicemen assigned to 3303rd Quartermaster Truck Company (served as air supply droppers – “kickers” – with 1st Air Comando) and five servicemen with the 1352nd AAF Base Unit, were aboard. The crew and all passengers died in the crash. After recovery from the American military cemetery in India, the crew and some passenger remains (Applin, Arnett, Blackston, Brown, Chapman, Cofield, Combs, Ellis, Gibbs, Henderson, Hoelswitz, Johnson, Karnes, Larson, McDonald, Meade, Merrill, Mitchell, Perry, Shreve, Sorrell, Speroni, Tennyson, Tindal, Vincent & Visor) were buried in a group burial ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 March 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 983F, G & H).

 

His brother, Donald G. Karnes, born 31 October 1919, enlisted in the USAAF on 18 March 1942. He died 15 March 2014 and is buried in the Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater, Walworth Co., Wisconsin.

SLICK, CLYDE ELMER, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-778980, USAAF

 

Clyde E. Slick Jr. was born on 24 August 1922 in Wilson, Wilson Co., North Carolina, to Clyde E. Slick (1885-1949) and Carrie H. Slick (1888-1989).   Harold Hammers Slick (1912-1999)

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 4230 Chesapeake St., Washington, D.C., employed by the Colaseum Roller Rink, and described himself as 5’11”, 173 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Delaware. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated to fly the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 23 June 1945, a C-47B, # 43-16195, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Troop Carrier Squadron, Warazup, Burma, departed the airfield at North Myitkyina, Burma, on a troop carrier mission to the airfield at Ledo, Assam, India. Last contact was by radio with Cpl. Norval G. Turner, 39205418. The C-47B was forced down and crashed at 0840 hours at North Myitkyina, Burma. Twenty-one servicemen assigned to 3303rd Quartermaster Truck Company (served as air supply droppers – “kickers” – with 1st Air Comando) and five servicemen with the 1352nd AAF Base Unit, were aboard. The crew and all passengers died in the crash. After recovery from the American military cemetery in India, the crew and some passenger remains (Applin, Arnett, Blackston, Brown, Chapman, Cofield, Combs, Ellis, Gibbs, Henderson, Hoelswitz, Johnson, Karnes, Larson, McDonald, Meade, Merrill, Mitchell, Perry, Shreve, Sorrell, Speroni, Tennyson, Tindal, Vincent & Visor) were buried in a group burial ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 March 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 983F, G & H). After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 14 January 1949 (Sec. 11, Grave 67-SH).

 

His brother, Harold H. Slick, born 8 September 1912, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He died on 4 February 1999 and is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 18, Grave 1-2), with his wife.