On 20 May 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3896, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group (Medium), 434th Bomb Squadron, Kurmitola, India, departed its airfield on a combat mission to Mawlu, Burma. It was shot down by enemy small caliber weapons. The crew was:
Pilot Capt. John H. McCloskey Jr. 0-796848 POW/RTD
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Thomas W. Snee 0-677300 KIA
Navigator Capt. Wayne R. Westberg 0-732792 POW/died of starvation and dysentery on
22 August in the Rangoon prison. McCloskey prepared Westberg’s body for burial in the Rangoon cemetery
Radio Operator TSgt Edward F. Niland 32251492
Crew Chief SSgt Herman L. Snyder 39828641
Armorer SSgt Leland H. Waltrip 39251861 POW
(All enlisted men served dually as gunners)
The last to see the B-25 aloft was 1stLt John B. Walker while making a bomb run on the target.
The listed next-of-kin were:
McCloskey John H. McCloskey, F, 57 N. Bryant Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
Snee Ruth Snee, W 3317 N. Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA
T. W. Snee, F, 7176 Ambay Rd, Tottenville, NY
Westberg Zelma K. Hines, M, 712 Minneapolis Ave., Albert Lea, Minn.
Niland Augusta L. Niland, M, 145 Elm Rd, Tonawanda, NJ
Snyder W, P.O. Box 382, Iraan, TX
Fla W. Snyder, F, Hawthorne, NV
Waltrip Kathryn M. Lowery, M, 729 Lambert Ave., Elmonte, CA
Waltrip, liberated & assigned to 420th AAF Base Unit, reported Westberg’s death; as did McCloskey.