FORD, CLYDE FORREST, Second Lieutenant, 0-1058246, USAAF
Clyde F. Ford was born on 29 January 1909 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Horace F. Ford (1858- ) (OH) and Margaret Elizabeth (Talbot) Ford (1869- ) (OH) (married 4 November 1885, Cleveland, OH). Siblings were Elizabeth B. Ford (1906- ) (PA). Living with them in 1910 were his uncle Robert C. Beatty (1836-1916) (PA) and paternal aunt, Louretta V. (Ford) Beatty nee Tillman (1848-1914) (OH). He attended the Arsenal Technical High School. He was married to Pauline C. Ford.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by Eli Lilly Co., resided at 1116 N. Indianapolis, IN, and described himself as 5’7”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on a right rib. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained and earned his commission. On his flight, he was an observer (gunnery officer). He was sent through India to China about 24 February 1944. On 19 January 1945 a B-25H, # 43-4604, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, on Ha Trung, China. Witnesses to the crash of the B-25 were Capt. James L. Flanagan, 0-393441 and Sgt John C. Vivensio, 31007553. Sgt Vivensio reported that he saw the B-25 on a strafing run on target at 800’ when it rolled onto its back and crashed and exploded about 1 mile west of the target in Annam (Vietnam; French Indochina), near Duong Diao, French Indochina. Capt. Flanagan verified this and flew over the crash several times taking pictures. The crash coordinates were 20° 8’ North and 105° 50’ East. After recovery, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 10 January 1949 (Sec. B, Grave 497). He was awarded the Purple Heart.
NEARY, ASHLEY F., Technical Sergeant, # 12121252, USAAF
Ashley F. Neary was born in 1919 in Bronx, New York, New York, to Frank Joseph Neary (1886- ) (NY) and Mary (Eller) Neary (1890-1984) (Germany). Siblings were Helen Theresa (Neary) Fletcher (1913-1995), Florence Maria (Neary) Bombe (1915-1996).
He enlisted in the USAAF at the Nashville USAAF facilities, Tennessee, on 5 March 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent through India to China about 24 February 1944.