43-24646

 

On 12 September 1944 a P-40N-25CU, # 43-24646, assigned to 14th Air Force, 5th Fighter Group, Chihkiang, China, departed its airfield on a strafing mission to Siangtan, China. The pilot was 1stLt Thomas U. Brink Jr., # 0-795568. Last contact was by radio with Maj. Glenn W. Ramsey, 0-432125, whom Brink told that enemy fighters were on Brink’s tail. He was killed in action.

 

BRINK, THOMAS ULYSSES, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-432125

 

Thomas U. Brink Jr. was born on 26 March 1918 in Colwyn, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania, to Thomas U. Brink (1886-1958) and Louise F. (Murray) Brink (1887-    ). Siblings included Marie Louise Brink (1910-1972), Catherine Brink (1914-1983), and Louise H. Brink (1922-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, employed by the Scott Tissues Co., resided at 2 E. Providence Rd, Yeadon, Delaware Co., PA, and described himself as 6’1”, 185 lbs, with red hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 9 February 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China on about 21 January 1944. On 12 September 1944 a P-40N-25CU, # 43-24646, assigned to 14th Air Force, 5th Fighter Group, Chihkiang, China, departed its airfield on a strafing mission to Siangtan, China. Last contact was by radio with Maj. Glenn W. Ramsey, 0-432125, whom Brink told that enemy fighters were on Brink’s tail. He was killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Saint James of Kinsessing Churchyard Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

43-24964

 

On 17 December 1944 a P-51C10-NT, # 43-24964, assigned to 10th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Chengkung on a ferry mission to Chihkiang, China. Enroute his compass and navigational system failed. He crashed and his remains were found in his cockpit. The pilot was 1stLt Harry C. Miller, # 0-813198.

 

Last to have radio contact with him were 1stLt Charles B. Wright Jr., 0-813276, 1stLt William V. Zimpleman, 0-813281, and 2ndLt Walter A. Ferris, 0-762524. The Base Commander at Chihkiang called the 16th Fighter Squadron headquarters office and informed them that the remains were found in the aircraft.

 

MILLER, HARRY C., First Lieutenant, # 0-813198, USAAF

 

Harry C. Miller was born on 20 October 1922 in Pennsylavania to Frank Charles Miller (1891-1936) and Mildred Theresa (Faucett) Miller (1894-    ) (married 10 September 1918, Cameron, PA). Siblings included Marjorie Katherine (Miller) Hayes (1919-1999), John M. “Jack” Miller (1920-    ), James B. Miller (1926-    ), Robert A. Miller (1930-    ). Living with them in 1930 were his maternal grandparents, Robert Faucett (1866-1949) (PA) and Katherine M. (Wilhelm) Faucett (1870-    ).