SEILER, FREDERICK ALLEN, Second Lieutenant (promoted First Lieutenant), # 0-749824, USAAF

 

Frederick A. Seiler was born 18 September 1919 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, to Robert Arthur Seiler (1881-1923) and Frances Catherine (Flanders) Seier (1885-    ). Siblings included Frances Seiler (1912-    ) and John Seiler (1917-    ). His parents married 8June 1910. When his father registered for the WW I draft in 1918, he worked as a cashier for Underwriting Selar Co. and they resided at 4245 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL. Catherine Seiler was widowed by 1930. He was married Betty L. Seiler.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF with two years of college on 20 March 1942 in Sacramento, California, while living in Yuba County, California. He completed his flight training, was rated for multi-engine aircraft, and earned his commission and wings. On 19 June 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4392, a 10th Air Force bomber, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Kurmitola, India, on a mission ferrying ammunition to Imphal via Silohan, India. At about 0830 hours, the B-25H was seen to crash from an unknown cause. The crew was killed in the crash. Never recovered, he is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded an Air Medal and Purple Heart.

STANLEY, ARTHUR WILLIAM, Staff Sergeant, # 31021771, USAAF

 

Arthur W. Stanley was born 25 June 1918 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Arthur Joseph Stanley (1894-1972) and Nonie E. (Despard) Stanley (1894-1953). A sister was Mary J. (Stanley) Hulsart (1922-1985). In 1940, living with the family, were Elina D. Hennesey (1900-    ), a sister-in-law of Arthur J., and Margaret Holland (1869-    ), an aunt of Arthur J. Stanley.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 while working as a clerk for the Hartford Fire Insurance Co. He described himself as 5’11”, 190 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 28 February 1941 in Hartford, Connecticut. He completed training in aircraft radio maintenance and function and earned his crewman wings. On 19 June 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4392, a 10th Air Force bomber, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Kurmitola, India, on a mission ferrying ammunition to Imphal via Silohan, India. At about 0830 hours, the B-25H was seen to crash from an unknown cause. The crew was killed in the crash. Never recovered, he is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded an Air Medal and Purple Heart.

ELDERS, BILL PERRY, Staff Sergeant, # 34605585, USAAF

 

Bill P. Elders was born on 12 January 1923 in Jackson, North Carolina to Rufus Candler Elders (1893-1957) and Helen “Hetty” (Ellers) Elders (1897-    ). Siblings included Edna Magnolia (Elders) Gibson (1919-1964), Dallas Harding Elders (1921-2005), Inez Elders (1925-1999), Jessilee Elders (1928-1998), Nelta Irene (Elders) Bradley (1929-2006), and two others. On his WW II draft card, he described himself as 5’9”, 147 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He had a small scar below therr right elbow. He enlisted on 5 February 1943 at Camp Croft, South Carolina. He was trained in the maintainance and function of the B-25 and earned his crewman wings in the USAAF. On 19 June 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4392, a 10th Air Force bomber, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Kurmitola, India, on a mission ferrying ammunition to Imphal via Silohan, India. At about 0830 hours, the B-25H was seen to crash from an unknown cause. The crew was killed in the crash. Never recovered, he is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded an Air Medal and Purple Heart.