AUCOIN, JOSEPH EDGAR, Second Lieutenant, # 0-562434, USAAF

 

Joseph E. Aucoin was born 18 November 1914 in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, to Placide Aucoin (1872-1958) (born in Canada – immigrated 1896; naturalized U.S. citizen) and Caroline (Martin) Aucoin (1877-1968). Sisters were Gertrude Eleanor Aucoin (1912-1951) and Hilda M. Aucoin (1911-2001). He attended Bangor High School; in R.O.T.C., Band Drum-Major, and invented the goosestep. In 1940, he was employed by a auto factory as a patrol guard in Hazel Park, Oakland Co., Michigan.

 

He enlisted on 18 March 1942 at Fort Custer, Michigan. He trained in a dual role – that of navigator and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. On 16 April 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4234, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Tezgeon, Bengal, India, on a bombing mission of a supply dump 6 & ¾ miles on median 290º from the Mogaung Bridge, Burma. The weather was 80% cover with local storms in the hills. The formation of B-25s were flying IFR, missed a turn, and entered the storm area with the remainder of the formation. It was a battle casualty. It crashed SSE of Songsang and NEE of Tolbung. Searches were conducted 17 and 18 April 1944 by nine sorties with no results. He is remembered in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. The family added his name to the family monument in the Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor, Maine.

Joseph E. Aucoin

ROSENSTRETER, JOHN H., Technical Sergeant, # 34362453, USAAF

 

John H. Rosenstreter gave his next of kin as his mother, Jacobina, Rosenstreter, 1009 Talley St., Memphis, Tennessee. After enlistment, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-25 and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 April 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4234, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Tezgeon, Bengal, India, on a bombing mission of a supply dump 6 & ¾ miles on median 290º from the Mogaung Bridge, Burma. The weather was 80% cover with local storms in the hills. The formation of B-25s were flying IFR, missed a turn, and entered the storm area with the remainder of the formation. It was a battle casualty. It crashed SSE of Songsang and NEE of Tolbung. Searches were conducted 17 and 18 April 1944 by nine sorties with no results. He is remembered in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.