MACKAN, EMMETT RIDLEY, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 38204394, USAAF
Emmett R. Mackan, Jr., was born on 9 November 1921 in Beaumont, Jefferson Co., Texas, to Emmett R. Mackan (1894-1971) (TX) and Isla (Railey) Mackan (1900-1990) (GA). A brother was Josph Marion Mackan (1927-2017).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Houston, Texas, on 23 July1942. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the B-25 Mitchell and sent overseas to India. He earned is crewman wings. On 18 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3956, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Fenny, India, on a bombing mission over Bhamo, Burma. It was last seen at about 1140 hours NW of Monywa, Burma, near 22º 27’ North & 97º 20’ East. The last to see the B-25J was 1stLt Max W. Maxwell, 0-662967. Lt. Maxwell reported that he was flying a B-25J following Lt. Holland. The formation was ordered to spread out as it entered a line of thunderstorms. He got through with some violent turbulence. Coming out, he saw Lt. Holland and another bomber make a left turn in about a 35º bank to avoid a collision. He also sharply turned left and lost sight of Lt. Holland because of more violent storms. They were at about 13,000 feet. He did not see Lt. Holland’s bomber again. That was near the village of Okshingyi, Burma, north of Monywa. The remains of the crew were recovered but were indistinguishable and were buried in a common grave in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 20 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 87 & 88).
His father served during WW I in the U.S. Navy, a Chief Machinis Mate (CMM), from 24 April 1917 to 1 October 1919. He died 14 August 1971 and is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, Texas, with his family.