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CHARBONNEAU, HARRY J., Corporal, # 16136373, USAAF

 

Harry J. Charbonneau was born 10 June 1920 in Illinois to Edward Charbonneau (1885-1937) and Henriette Charbonneau (1893-1958).

 

On 27 October 1944, a 10th Air Force B-25H, # 43-4382, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Morox, Assam Pradish, India. On a bomb-strafe-reconnaissance mission to the enemy held Lashio Road, Burma. It was seen to crash due to a bomb blast or attack by enemy fighter at low altitude. The crew was killed. After recovery by a Graves Registration team from temporary burial at the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried on 25 February 1949 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. The family had a memorial marker placed on the monument of his parents in the Mount Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum, Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois.

 

ATKINS, DONALD FRANKLIN “DON”, Sergeant, # 38514187, USAAF

 

Donald F. “Don” Atkins was born 5 December 1920 in Perrin, Jack Cont, Texas, to William Edward Atkins (1873-1960) and Mamie Ethel (Wilson) Atkins (1896-1980). Siblings included Elsie Irene Atkins (1912-2001), Harmon C. Atkins (1913-1989), Myrtle E. Atkins (1917-2005), Earl L. Atkins (1923-    ), William Turner Atkins (1926-2005), Robert Philip Atkins (1929-1994), Ethel Nell Atkins (1930-2003), Charles Ted Atkins (1933-1938) and two more brothers. His father was a blacksmith who died of a stroke.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in early 1942. He described himself as 5’9”, 135 lbs, with blond hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 27 May 1943 and was trained as an armorer and gunner. As an armorer, he was responsible for the maintenance and function of all the weapons on the aircraft. All the enlisted servicemen served as gunners in addition to their primary duty. On 27 October 1944, a 10th Air Force B-25H, # 43-4382, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Morox, Assam Pradish, India. On a bomb-strafe-reconnaissance mission to the enemy held Lashio Road, Burma. It was seen to crash due to a bomb blast or attack by enemy fighter at low altitude. The crew was killed. After recovery by a Graves Registration team from temporary burial at the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his family had his remains buried in the Perrin Memorial Gardens cemetery in Perrin, Texas.