The Wanderer USAAF Brothers
MCININCH, VERNON A., Staff Sergeant, # 18117506, USAAF
Vernon A, McIninch was born on 20 February 1919, in Garvin County, Oklahoma, to James Jessie McIninch (1886-1961) and Marie E. (Webb) McIninch (1890-1977). Siblings included Jayne V. (McIninch) DeMent, I. V. McInich (1923-2002) and Marlyn McIninch (1927-1927). In 1950, his family was living at 509 S. Santa Fe, Purcell, Oklahoma.
He enlisted in Houston, Texas, on 19 August 1942. He completed his flight training and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He was sent overseas to India and was selected for assignment to the 1st Commando Group, America’s first special operations military organization which worked closely with the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) in India, China, and Burma. It was in that capacity, he was flying that fateful day. On 24 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4242, assigned to 1st Air Commando Squadron, departed the air field at Imphal, India and, at 2030 hours, crashed near Thelon, India. The wreckage of the C-47 was located in Manipur Pradish, India and recovery of some remains was concluded.