STEWART, PAUL MERLE, Staff Sergeant, # 33532672, USAAF

 

Paul M. Stewart was born on 27 July 1923 in Shawsville, Montgomery County, Virginia, to William Waldron “Willie Bill” Stewart (1899-1958) and Lustra May (Basham) Stewart (1906-1998).

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942, describing himself as 5’5”, 143 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in Roanoke, Virginia, on 16 February 1943. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio on the B-25 and earned his crewman wings. He was also trained as a gunner. On 6 June 1944, from the 10th Air Force airfield at Kurmitola, India, a B-25H, # 43-4204, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed on an ammunition ferrying mission to the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, via Saichar. The weather was bad and visibility poor. At map coordinates RK212795, the completely wrecked remains of a B-25 was found on the sheer side of a mountain, about 100 feet from the summit. A local Indian Army unit reported that the aircraft crashed into the mountainside, then obscured by clouds, at about 1100 hours local on 6 June. His remains were first recovered by Graves Registration and buried at the airfield cemetery in Barrackpore, India. On 21 April 1950, his remains were returned home and buried in Arlington National Cemetery (Sec. 34, Grave 3512 X-Deep). He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

MARRONE, ANGELO, Sergeant, # 32087933, USAAF

 

Angelo Marrone was born on 18 September 1919 in New York, New York, to Pietro Marrone (1896-    ) (widower in 1930) and Theresa or Teresna “Tessie” (Spatafora) Marrone (    ) (both born in Italy). Siblings included Joseph Nicholas Marrone (1918-2005), Carmela Marrone (1921-    ), and Fiovo Marrone (1924-    ). He was married to Ray F. Marrone, 2275 Baseford Ave, Bronx, New York City, New York.

 

He enlisted in Bronx, New York, on 23 April 1941 and was selected for the USAAF. He was trained as an armorer, responsible for the maintenance and function of all weapons on the B-25. He earned his crewman wings. He was also trained as a gunner. On 6 June 1944, from the 10th Air Force airfield at Kurmitola, India, a B-25H, # 43-4204, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed on an ammunition ferrying mission to the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, via Saichar. The weather was bad and visibility poor. At map coordinates RK212795, the completely wrecked remains of a B-25 was found on the sheer side of a mountain, about 100 feet from the summit. A local Indian Army unit reported that the aircraft crashed into the mountainside, then obscured by clouds, at about 1100 hours local on 6 June.