. It was seen to have been hit by enemy fire and crashed at 1115 hours near 23º 21’ North & 95º 31’ East. The witnesses to the crash were 1stLt George F. Smith, 0-793448, and 1stLt Lawrence E. Williams, 0-733502. 1stLt Williams and 1stLt Smith reported that the B-25s were on a strafing mission south along the railroad from Wuntho to Kanbala. The B-25, 43-3616, was smoking lightly from the right erngine before it made a strafing pass on the town of Thitabiyn, then made a controlled right turn. It then went into a glide west at about 300’-500’ and the right engine burst into flames just before the B-25 hit the ground. It crashed near the above coordinateds. There was a terrific explosion when it crashed and the whole B-25 burst into flames with black smoke. Their B-25 turned to a 290º heading and before they were out of sight, the flames died away but they could not see any debris. An attached map showed the crashed B-25 on the west side of the railroad, west of Thitabiyn. After recovery of the indistinguishable remains of most of the crew (Gillooly, Groff, Hampson, Pryor & Wright), except 1st Lt. Schrader, from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, burial was in a common grave in the Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kansas, on 17 November 1949 (Sec. 2, Grave 1611/12 – 3 caskets).

Donald C. & Richard H. Wright

GILLOOLY, GEORGE S., Sergeant, # 31031958, USAAF

 

George S. Gillooly was born on 26 January 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Francis Michael Gillooly (1890-1931) and Mary Elizabeth (Needham) Gillooly (1890-1964). Siblings included Catherine Gillooly (1915-1961), Francis Michael Gillooly (1916-1987), John Thomas Gillooly (1918-1983), Richard Gillooly (1919-1974), Joseph Gillooly (1921-1972), James Gillooly (1923-1958), Paul K. Gillooly (1925-2002), Robert Gillooly (1927-2003) and another brother and a sister. He was married to Theresa Campbell in Marysville, Washington, in 1942 and they had a son.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 March 1941. He was trained as an armorer and gunner on the B-25 Mitchell, responsible for the maintenance and function of the machineguns and weapons on the B-25 (except the bombs). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 March 1944, a B-25D, # 43-3616, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kurmitola, India, on a medium altitude combat mission over Wuntho, Burma. It was seen to have been hit by enemy fire and crashed at 1115 hours near 23º 21’ North & 95º 31’ East. The witnesses to the crash were 1stLt George F. Smith, 0-793448, and 1stLt Lawrence E. Williams, 0-733502. 1stLt Williams and 1stLt Smith reported that the B-25s were on a strafing mission south along the railroad from Wuntho to Kanbala. The B-25, 43-3616, was smoking lightly from the right erngine before it made a strafing pass on the town of Thitabiyn, then made a controlled right turn. It then went into a glide west at about 300’-500’ and the right engine burst into flames just before the B-25 hit the ground.