WILSON, ERNEST EDGAR, Sergeant, # 38399243, USAAF

 

Earnest E. Wilson was born on 2 May 1924 in Webb City, Osage Co., Oklahoma to Earnest Elmer Wilson (1880-1974) and Mary Magdalene “Lena” (Pickney) Wilson (1897-1994) (TN) (married 2 August 1921, Franklin Co., TN). Siblings included Louis E. Wilson (1922-2007), Demple E. Wilson (1927-    ), Alfred Leland Wilson (1928-1938), and Robert Wilson (1935-    ). He was married to Wanda Marguerite (Harry) Wilson (1925-    ) on 2 June 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 29 June 1942, resided at 321 S.E, 28th, Oklahoma City, OK, and described himself as 5’7”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 10 February 1943. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems on the B-25 Mitchell (crew chief/engineer). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 October 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3964, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, Fenny, India, departed its airfield on a combat mission to the bridge at Nyaungyan, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash after being attacked by enemy fighters. Sgt Charles E. Quiggle, 37270775, saw it crash. He reported that it was a twelve-ship formation and they were attacked by enemy fighters head on. After hearing the warning, “Japs.” The bombers salvoed their bombs and turned to return to base. He watched the B-25 lose altitude rapidly, right engine on fire, and it crashed near Dayegaung, Burma. There was a large explosion and a parachute billowed from the crash. 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 father, born 25 November 1880, served in the U.S. Army, Corporal, from 21 May 1918 to 11 February 1919. He died 19 August 1974 and is buried in the Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, Los Angeles Co., California.

RUSSELL, JOHN L., JR., Corporal, # 11069380, USAAF

 

There was insufficient data to accurately determine the identity of this veteran from available records. Assistance would be appreciated. Please use the contact page. 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 6 October 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3964, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, Fenny, India, departed its airfield on a combat mission to the bridge at Nyaungyan, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash after being attacked by enemy fighters. Sgt Charles E. Quiggle, 37270775, saw it crash. He reported that it was a twelve-ship formation and they were attacked by enemy fighters head on. After hearing the warning, “Japs.” The bombers salvoed their bombs and turned to return to base. He watched the B-25 lose altitude rapidly, right engine on fire, and it crashed near Dayegaung, Burma. There was a large explosion and a parachute billowed from the crash. He was captured by the Japanese and imprisoned in the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison) until he was liberated on about 4 May 1945. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.