NIELSON, FAY LINCOLN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-739569, USAAF
Fay L. Lincoln was born on 12 December 1917 to Joseph E. Nielson (1884-1966) and Ethel (Hatch) Nielson (1887-1977). Siblings included Vee (Nielson) Wilkinson (1911-1952), Delora (Nielson) Schaugaard (1913-1936), Jessie J. Nielson (1914-1914), Lea (Nielson) Lane (1915-2011), Alice (Nielson) Washburn (1921-2014), and Lorraine Nielson (1926- ).
He registered for th WW II draft in 1940 while reiding in Koosharem, Uah, and described himself as 6’, 170 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in Richfield, Utah, on 3 March 1941. He was trained as a navigator-bombardier for the B-25 and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 March 1944, B-25H, # 43-4259, assigned to 10th Air Force, 5318 P.A.U., departed the air base at Hailkandi, India, on a combat mission to the Irrawady River. At about 1530 hours, near Tagaung, Burma, it was last sighted making a low gunner attack on the target when the left wing hit trees and caused it to crash. The B-25H seemed to mush when he pulled up and struck trees and part of the wing came off. The B-25H climbed a little and then the left wing went down and the B-25H crashed into some woods, cart-wheeling about 100 yards then exploded. The crew was killed. The remains of the crew were recovered by Graves Registration from the cemetery in Hawaii. Unable to distinguish the remains from each other, a single casket burial was arranged for 1stLt Dillard, SSgt Klaus, TSgt Postlewait, and PFC Winn, in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 29 September 1949 (Section E, Grave 172-173. The family placed a marker honoring him in Richfield City Cemetery, Richfield, Sevier, tan.