SANDERS, ARTHUR CLEMENT, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-735670, USAAF

 

Arthur C. Sanders Jr. was born 7 June 1916 in King County Washington to Arthur C. Sanders (1890-1965) and Monica Noreen (O’Callihan) Sanders (1891-1973) (married in 1926). A sister was Mary Louise Sanders (1927-1969). In 1935 they lived in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, CA, and in 1940 in Bakersfield, Kern County, CA. In 1940 his father was born in Ireland and was a buiding contractor. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1936. Arthur C. Sanders Jr. was a draftsman, living t 2205 20th St., Bakersfield, CA, with his parents. His paternal grandparents, Peter Magnus (tailor) and Anna Dorothy (Ekberg) Sanders, were from Sweden (immigrated 1873) and Norway (immigrated 1879), respectively. In 1917, they lived in Kennydale, Washington In 1920, they were living on Lincoln Place, Seattle, WA: Arthur C., age 29; Monica N.; Arthur C. Jr., age 3.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, on 11 September 1940, while residing in Kern County, California. He completed flight training and was rated in multi-engine aircraft – the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 17 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4229, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Kurmitola, India, on a low-level bombing mission over the Chewli Bridge, Burma. After its target run, it climbed and reached about 600 feet, it did a half roll to the left and spun in from there. It did about 1 ½ rolls and crashed into the middle of the river. It burned immediately. All of the crew died in the crash. The crew remains were unrecoverable. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in theManila American Cemetery & Memorial. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

FRANCIS, DONN MOORE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-681882, USAAF

 

Donn M. Francis was born 13 May 1920 to Paul Eskridge Francis (1881-1969) and Helen M. Francis (1894-1967). A brother was Paul H. Francis (1917-    ). On 30 November 1942, he married Majorie M. Millar, in California. In 1940, his father was a engineer foreman for the City of Los Angeles, and in 1942 they lived at 3789 Cimmaron St., Los Angeles, CA..

 

He enlisted on 3 March 1941 in the California National Guard in Los Angeles, California. He was soon activated and completed navigator and bombardier training for bomber aircraft – the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and crewman wings. On 17 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4229, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Kurmitola, India, on a low-level bombing mission over the Chewli Bridge, Burma. After its target run, it climbed and reached about 600 feet, it did a half roll to the left and spun in from there. It did about 1 ½ rolls and crashed into the middle of the river. It burned immediately. All of the crew died in the crash. The crew remains were unrecoverable. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial. A memorial marker is in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.  Marker next page.