WHISPELL, CLYDE WILLARD, Private, # 33619110, USAAF

 

Clyde W. Whispell was born on 16 December 1924 in Jersey Shore, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania, to Royal Adelbert Soper Whispell (1901-1997) and Ida Gertrude (Yaeger) Whispell (1901-1963) (PA). Sibling was Raymond Whispell (1923-2000).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 1338 Walnut St., Allentown, PA, employed by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and described himself as 5’9 ½”, 136 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his right hand, on his forehead and an appendicitis scar. He enlisted in the USAAF in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on 9 March 1943. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the Douglas C-54 Skymaster. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 21 April 1945 a Douglas C-54 Skymaster, # 43-17162, assigned 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield on a flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last contact by radio was at about 1855 IST over Bhamo, Burma. For a search, the 1352nd AAF Base Unit was notified. On 25 April 1945 the 1345th AAF Base Unit (Bengal) receive notice that wreckage was spotted 3 miles west of Sinbo, Burma. Natives found four bodies in the wreckage. An aircraft was sent to the scene and reported that the wreckage was completely burned except the tail section, on which “162” was visible. Natives brought in an identification tag of SSgt Marshall, a wristwatch identified as 2ndLt Hoyles, an identification bracelet of 2ndLt Hoyle, and a .45 cal. M1911 pistol, issued to 1stLt Irvine. Nothing was recovered from the body of Pvt. Whispell. After recovery from Burma and Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the Grandview Cemetery, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

 

His brother, Raymond Whispell, born 27 February 1923, served in the U.S. Navy from 13 May 1943 to 12 December 1945. He died on 21 January 2000 and is buried in the Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville, LeHigh Co., Pennsylvania.