CHAPMAN, JAMES ARDEN, Technician 5th Grade, # 34388106, U.S. Army

 

James A. Chapman was born on 1 December 1922 in Mount Morris, Genesee Co., Michigan, to Joseph E. Chapman (1896-1963) (Canada) and Teresa A. (Braley) Chapman (1898-1987) (Mich.). Siblings included Edward Joseph Chapman (1919-1996), Hugh William Chapman (1921-1979), John Gerald Chapman (1924-2000), Bernard Cleo Chapman (1926-2014).

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 7 January 1943 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was trained and completed parachute school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and according to the MACR, was on board the C-47B, assigned to the 1352nd AAF Base Unit, 10th Air Force, 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). He is remembered in the Flint Memorial Park, Mount Morris, Michigan, with a memorial marker.

 

His brother, Edward J. Chapman, born 4 March 1919, served in the U.S. Navy, a Lieutenant, from 17 November 1942 to 25 February 1946. He died 3 March 1996 and is buried in the Saint Clement Cemetery, Center Line, Macomb Co., Michigan.

 

His brother, John G. Chapman, born 26 October 1924, served in the USAAF from 30 March 1943 to 26 February 1946. He died 14 April 2000.

COFIELD, EUGENE, First Sergeant, # 32186196, U.S. Army

 

After enlisting in the U.S. Army, he was trained at the Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia. He spent years in the service and was promoted and sent overseas to India, assigned to the AAF 3303rd Quartermaster Truck Company. 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.