FOSTER, RICHARD K., Second Lieutenant, # 0-767783, USAAF

 

Richard K Foster completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a C-47A, # 43-30640, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, on an air supply mission with passengers to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It was last near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 0633 hrs. The C-47 crashed and all aboard were killed. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Inadequate data to research this veteran. Information is welcome.

PITTMAN, STANLEY LEVERNE, Corporal, # 33302282, USAAF

 

Stanley L. Pittman was born on 28 March 1921 in Avonemore, Pennsylvania, to John Homer Pittman (1900-1977) and Gertrude (Lawton) Pittman (1900-1986). A sister was Bernice Fay (Pittman) Perrine (1924-1995). In 1930 his father worked for an auto manufacturer and in 1940 as an auto repairman.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 and described himself as 5’7”, 140 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 3 September 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He departed for overseas service with 10th Air Force in India on about 1 September 1943. On 19 August 1944, a C-47A, # 43-30640, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, on an air supply mission with passengers to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It was last near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 0633 hrs. The C-47 crashed and all aboard were killed. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

RUSSELL, ALPHONSE CLOVICE, First Sergeant, # 34100484, U.S. Army

 

Alphonse C. Russell was born on 10 February 1917 in Mobile Alabama, to Henry Lee Russell (1895-1918) and Hattie Rogenia (Smith) Turner nee Russell (1897-    ) (married 29 April 1915, Mobile, Alabama) (widowed in 1920). Siblings included Henry Lee Russell Jr. (1917-1956), Herbert H. Russell (1918-1970), James D. Turner (1927-2003), Julius Fredrick Turner (1927-1994), Horace R. Turner (1929-2007). Rudolph Turner (1936-1963) and another brother and two sisters.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 5’3”, 129 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on 4 April 1941. He was sent overseas. On 19 August 1944, a C-47A, # 43-30640, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, on an air supply mission with passengers to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It was last near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 0633 hrs. The C-47 crashed and all aboard were killed. He was a passenger and is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. 

 

His half-brother, James D. Turner Jr., born 1 January 1927, served in the U.S. Army, a Private, from 8 May 1945 to 30 January 1946. He died 22 November 2003 and is buried in the Whispering Pines Cemetery, Eight Mile, Alabama.