SIGRIST, CALVIN DAVIS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2058570, USAAF

 

Calvin D. Sigrist was born on 9 May 1922 in Seattle, King Co., Washington to Charles Ferdinand Sigrist (1877-1956) (OH) and Sue Beatrice (Davis) Sigrist (1881-1967) (IA). Siblings were William C. Sigrist (1921-1971) (WA) and Darlene Beatrice Sigrist (1924-    ) (WA).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, a student, resided at 4716 19th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, and described himself as 6’, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a small mole under his right ear. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the dual role of navigator and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and crewman wings. He was sent to India. On 10 March 1945 a B-25D-36NC, “Bit of Lace,” # 43-3671, assigned to 10th Air Force, 10th Weather Region Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Guskhara, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a staging mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio when it was near Myitkyina, Burma, after landing there and refueling. A pilot of another B-25, Lt. John C. Scales, tried to contact 43-3672 and got no replies. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, Washington.

 

His father, Charles F. Sigrist, born 22 February 1877, served in the U.S. Army, a Private, Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War (served in Puerto Rico). He died 5 July 1956 and is buried in the Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, Washington.

William Sigrist