43-3669           MACR 14967

 

On 19 October 1945 a B-25D, # 43-3669, assigned to 10th Air Force, 47th Depot Repair Group, 47th Depot Repair Squadron, Panagarh, India, departed on a search mission to overfly Cuttack. The crew was:

 

                                                  Pilot                 Maj. Richard J. Christman                    0-662540

                                                  Co-Pilot           1stLt Howard T. Coe                            0-740369

                                                  Crew Chief      Cpl Ansel R. Smart                              11093814

                                                  Radio Oper.     Pvt James A. Green                             6579577

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                      Christman        Marguerite F. Christman, W, 2361 N. 62nd St., Milwaukee, Wisc.

                                      Coe                  Wanda C. Coe, W, 2668 ½ Rte 2, Del Paso Heights, CA

                                      Smart               Virginia L. Smart, W, 24 Pleasant St., West Concord, Mass.

                                      Green              Evelyn Aufranc, S, 3665 State St., Salem, OR

CHRISTMAN, RICHARD J., Major, # 0-662540, USAAF

 

Richard J. Christman was born on 27 April 1921 in Indiana to Clarence Peter Christman (1897-1961) and Juanita Theresa (Choate) Christman (1898-1968). Siblings were Robert Clarence Christman (1923-1996), William James Christman (1926-1982), John Christman (1935-2014), Charles Thomas Christman (1937-    ), Joan Christman (    ), and Lydia Christman (    ). He was married to Marguerite Elizabeth (Vore) Christman (1918-1991) on 22 March 1937.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 18 December 1941. He completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent to India. On 19 October 1945 a B-25D, # 43-3669, assigned to 10th Air Force, 47th Depot Repair Group, 47th Depot Repair Squadron, Panagarh, India, departed on a search mission to overfly Cuttack, India. The aircraft crashed and all were killed. Upon recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, on 15 July 1948 (Sec. C-1, Grave 7407).

 

His brother, Robert C. Christman, born 2 January 1923, served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 8 October 1941 to 20 September 1945. He died 27 April 1996 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin.

 

Hie brother William J. Christman, born 12 March 1926, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Corporal, 2nd Marine Division, Military Police Co., and 5th Marine Division, from 17 December 1943 to 14 August 1946. He died 13 October 1982 and is buried in the Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Waukesha Co., Wisconsin.