GRAYBILL, CLAYTON PAUL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-714508, USAAF

 

Clayton P. Grabill was born on 20 August 1919 in Pennsylvania to Clayton Amos Graybill (1883-1971) and Bertha May (Shelly) Graybill (1886-1990). Siblings included Carl Arthur Graybill (1907-1986), Sara Marion Graybill (1908-2008), Lois Irene (Graybill) Fuss (1911-1935), Elta Mae Graybill (1912-2005), Leo Shelly Graybill (1915-2001), Miriam Elizabeth (Graybill) Shaffer (1917-2012), Pauline Anne Graybill (1919-1919), Glen Donald Graybill (1922-2016), Esther Marie Graybill (1925-1932), and Dorothy Elaine (Graybill) Gwin (1927-Unk).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, resided in Martinsburg, PA, and described himself as 6’, 150 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 10 April 1942. He completed training as a navigator on the B-25 Mitchell. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 8 April 1944 a B-25D, # 43-3290, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron (Heavy), Yangkai, China, departed its airfield on a night combat mission southeast to Yulikau Bay when the bombers were attacked by seven enemy Zero fighters. From the flight of B-25s, two B-25s were missing and one was seen to crash. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Menonite Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania.

 

His brother, Glen D. Graybill, born 13 August 1922, served in the U.S. Coast Guard, # 636864, from 10 January 1943 to 7 February 1946. He died 1 March 2016 and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania.

CHRISTENSEN, WILLIAM L., Sergeant, # 17156138, USAAF

 

William L. Christensen was born on 26 March 1923 in South Dakota to Louie Christensen (1891-1958) (NE) and Agnes Mabel (Mayhew) Christensen (1895-1972) (SD) (married 19 January 1916, Blair, NE). Siblings included Charles Ralph Christensen (1920-2005), James Virgil Christensen (1925-2017), June Violet (Christensen) Hohn (1925-2014), and Ione Agnes (Christensen) Dougherty (1931-2009).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on 13 November 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) of the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 8 April 1944 a B-25D, # 43-3290, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron (Heavy), Yangkai, China, departed its airfield on a night combat mission southeast to Yulikau Bay when the bombers were attacked by seven enemy Zero fighters. From the flight of B-25s, two B-25s were missing and one was seen to crash. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 1 December 1949 (Sec. P, Grave 1041). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, James V. Christensen, born 29 March 1925, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant First Class, during the Korean War. He died 10 January 2017 and is buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade Co., South Dakota.