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). He is memoralized in the Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca, NY.

 

His brother, Peter J. Speroni, born 14 April 1917, enlisted in the U.S. Army in Buffalo, New York, on 18 June 1941 and was promoted to Sergeant, and honorably discharged 23 September 1943. He died on 9 March 1977 and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca, New York.

SHREVE, ALLEN G., First Lieutenant, # 0-1593845, USAAF

 

Allen G. Shreve was born in 1921 in Williamson Co., Illinois, to Norvel R. Shreve (1898-1951) and Verna Ethel (Allen) Shreve (1897-1983). A sister was Wanda Mae (Shreve) Dubose (1920-    ). His father was a school teacher in 1918.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in East St. Louis, Illinois, on 24 June 1942. He earned his commission. He was sent overseas to India, 10th Air Force, 1352nd AAF Base Unit. 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.