LAUMEYER, CHARLES L., Flight Officer, # T-121799, USAAF

 

Charles L. Laumeyer was born in 1919 in Illinois to Harmon William Laumeyer (1888-1975) and Sarah Ellen (LaMarsh) Laumeyer (1891-1947). Siblings included William F. Laumeyer (1912-1994), Elsie (Laumeyer) Schwab (1914-1995) and Freda Mae (Laumeyer) Boone (1916-1970).

 

He enlisted in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 16 June 1942 and had completed one year of college. He completed extensive training in the dual role of navigator and bombardier on the B-25. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 June 1944, a 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group (Medium), 434th Bomb Squadron, a B-25J, # 43-3935, departed the airfield at Tezgaon, India, on a combat mission to bomb the railroad bridge near Moza, Burma. The weather conditions were very poor with a heavy overcast up to 10,000 feet. The aircraft was last seen by 1stLt Herbert W. Lehman, # 0-672134 and 1stLt Edwin F. Johnson, # 0-672119. An element of three aircraft, they had bombed their target and were returning to base. The element flew into a large cloud and, upon exiting, 1stLt Chalk’s aircraft was not again seen. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines

Charles L. Laumeyer

DERRICO, MAURO W., Staff Sergeant, # 32806408, USAAF

 

Mauro W. Derrico was born in 17 August 1924 in Manhattan, New York, to Angelo Derrico (1888-    ) (Italy) and Irene Derrico (1898-    ) (Italy). Siblings included Nercolena “Lena” Derrico (1922-    ), Lucy Derrico (1923-    ), Antoinette Derrico (1926-    ), and Ophelia Derrico (1929-    ).

 

He enlisted in New York, New York on 15 February 1943. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B25. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 June 1944, a 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group (Medium), 434th Bomb Squadron, a B-25J, # 43-3935, departed the airfield at Tezgaon, India, on a combat mission to bomb the railroad bridge near Moza, Burma. The weather conditions were very poor with a heavy overcast up to 10,000 feet. The aircraft was last seen by 1stLt Herbert W. Lehman, # 0-672134 and 1stLt Edwin F. Johnson, # 0-672119. An element of three aircraft, they had bombed their target and were returning to base. The element flew into a large cloud and, upon exiting, 1stLt Chalk’s aircraft was not again seen. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.