KELLIHER, CHARLES, Corporal, # 31007392, USAAF

 

Charles Kelliher was born in 1916 in Holyoke, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, to Charles C. Kelliher (1890-<1920) and Clara (Collinge) Hosley nee Kelliher (1896-1980) (MA) (married Charles C. Kelliher on 20 July 1915, Holyoke, MA). Siblings include Eleanor (Kelliher) Bresnahan (1918-2010) (MA), Raymond Kelliher (1921-1997), and Elmer Edwin (or Edward) Kelliher (1923-1998). They were living with his maternal grandparents in 1920, William Halstead Collinge (1853-<1930) (Bradford, England – naturalized), Annie (Hattersly) Collinge (1862-    ) (Bradford, England – naturalized), and maternal uncles, William H. Collinge Jr. (1897-    ) (MA) and Joseph Hattersly Collinge (1899-1923) (MA).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Springfield, Massachusetts, on 5 March 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the weapons (armorer) (excluding bombs) on the B-25 Mitchell. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 June 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3961, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 82nd Bomb Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed its airfield to Palel, India. Inclimate weather was encountered. The formation parted to fly IFR. The B-25 crashed 50 miles Southwest of Silchan, India. The last to see the B-25 were 2ndLt Duane L. Crosby, # 0-889119, 2ndLt Leonard G. Mood, # 0-806193, and 1stLt Richard J. Motherwell, # 0-741675. A dental chart for SSgt. Cartwright was included, stating he was 26 years old. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Raymond Kelliher, born 4 May 1921, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant, from 17 November 1942 to 15 January 1946. He died 1 August 1997 and is buried in the Forestdale Cemetery, Holyoke, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Elmer E. Kelliher, born 26 January 1923, served in the U.S. Navy from 29 April 1943 to 17 November 1945. He died 25 November 1998 and is buried in the Saint Jerome Rectory, Holyoke, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.

CPL Charles Kelliher