MCFANN, PAUL D., Sergeant, # 39168406, USAAF
Paul D. McFann was born on 3 June 1918 in Columbus, Ohio, to Forrest M. McFann (1899-1961) (OH) and Gertrude M. (Lyon) McFann (1898-1981) (KY). A sister was Helen Lois McFann (1924- ) (CA). He married Patricia Mae Pursell (1924-1982).
He registered for the WWII draft 23 November 1940, resided at 326 E. Colden Ave., Los Angeles, CA, and described himself as 6', 165 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., California, on 5 November 1941. He was trained as an armorer, responsible for the maintenance and function of all the weapons (excluding bombs) aboard the B-25 Mitchell. He operated a .50 caliber machinegun. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 11 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3970, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield in India on a bombing mission of the Hsenwi Road Bridge. It was last seen at about 1440 hours in the vicinity of the target before it crashed, killing all the crewmen. It was last seen by 1stLt Donald F. Karschner, 0-813388. He reported that the last he saw of the missing bomber was at 1440 hours and that bomber was at about his 7 o’clock, 2 miles behind him. He went IFR and climbed to 11,000 feet and cleared the clouds. About 5 minutes later, his tail gunner reported a B-25 about 10 miles back. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A marker was placed in the Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.
His sister, Patricia M. McFann, born 8 April 1924, served in the Womens' Army Corps, a Private, from 9 March 1945. She died 26 April 1982 and is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California (Sec. 6, Grave 916)