. 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).

 

Five of his brothers served in the military. Francis M. Gillooly, born 23 September 1916, served in the U.S. Navy from 21 June 1945 to 18 April 1946/18 May 1951. He died 31 May 1987 in Quincy, MA. John T. Gillooly, born 24 January 1918, served in the U.S. Navy from 8 September 1937 to 2 July 1946. He died 7 January 1983 and is buried in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, CA. Richard Gillooly, born 16 July 1919, enlisted in the U.S. Army on 26 June 1942 to 27 October 1945. He died 22 August 1974 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA. Joseph Gillooly, born 20 September 1921, served in the U.S. Navy from 16 October 1942 to 13 November 1945. He died 20 December 1972 in Boston, MA. Paul K. Gillooly, born 11 April 1925, enlisted in the U.S. Army 16 August 1944. He died on 6 June 2002 in MA.

George S. Gillooly

The personal touch is always hard to find and a welcome part of honoring these fallen heroes.