JANSSEN, CHARLES HERMAN, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-574309, USAAF

 

Charles H. Janssen Jr. was born 17 July 1919 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Charles H. Janssen (1880-1960) and Edith Gertrude (Harris) Janssen (1880-1960) (married 10 December 1903, St. Paul, MN). Siblings were Wallace F. Janssen (1905-2000), Gertrude L. (Janssen) Cooke (1907-    ) (NE), and Richard Harris Janssen (1915-2007). He attended the University of Minnesota (Alpha Chi Sigma, Techno-Log 3; “Surely never did there live on earth a man of livelier nature”; Chemistry Club, Historical Society, Honor Roll). By the 1940 census, James Keith Cooke (divorced spouse of Gertrude L. Janssen since 18 November 1930), was married to Olivine (Vogler) Cooke (1916-1999).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by Minnesota State Health Dept., resided at 1804 Iglehart, St. Paul, MN, and described himself as 5’11 ½”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He was trained as a USAAF weatherman. He earned his commission. 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 was awarded the Air Medal.

HUTCHINGS, WILLIAM HOLLAND, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 11064264, USAAF

 

William H. Hutchings Jr. was born on 1921 to William H. Hutchings (1885-1934) (England) and Bertha Alice (Kippax) Hutchings (1892-1974), Fall River, Bristol Co., Massachusetts (married 5 November 1914, Fall River, MA). Siblings were John Kippax Hutchings (1916-1969) and Mabel (Hutchings) Paige (1924-1990). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandmother, Amelia Kippax (1858-1936) (England) (widow of John Kippax (1853-1927) (England).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the

B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas 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.

 

His brother-in-law, Milton Coburn Paige Jr., born 22 October 1922, served in the U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Junior Grade, # 330604, from 29 May 1942 to 9 May 1946. He died 11 October 1989 in Portland, York Co., Maine. He was transferred from Shanghai, China, to Guam to LCI Flotilla Fifteen, in December 1945 on the U.S.S. LCI (L) (978).