CARNIE, KEITH EDWIN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-782162, USAAF
Keith E. Carnie was born in 25 November 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Robert E. Carnie (1884-1973) and Catherine C. (Rogers) Carnie (1890-1978). Siblings included Robert E. Carnie (1921-1944), Jacqueline C. Carnie (1922- ). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandmother, Catherine L. Rogers (1861-1945) (England). He graduated from Southwest High School, Kansas City, MO (ROTC, Co. C). His mother was involved in charitable fund rasing. In 1945, Jacqueline C. Carnie was employed by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, Denver, Colorado, and resided at 1672 Spruce, Denver, CO.
He registered for the WW II draft on 28 December 1942, resided at 5523 Charlotte, Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, was a student at Kansas City University, and described himself as 6’1”, 185 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 March 1945, a C-46A-55, # 43-47154, assigned to Air Transport Command, Barrackpore, India, 1340th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a cargo ission to Kunming, China. The C-46 was not heard from since its departure at about 1530 Zulu. Note re MSgt Dahlstrom: 1804th AAF Base Unit – Protestant – 5’11”, 175 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, size 10E shoe. Dental chart available. Age 24. After recovery from overseas, the crew (Breese, Carnie, Dahlstrom, Bayne & Capell) were buried in a common grave in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 25-26).
His brother, Robert E. Carnie, born 10 January 1921, Sanborn Co., South Dakota, served in the USAAF, a Second Lieutenant, # 0-815279, 52nd Fighter Group, in WW II. He was killed in action on 4 July 1944 and is buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri. The 52nd Fighter Group was assigned first to Twelfth Air Force and later (after May 1944) to Fifteenth Air Force, the group served in combat in the Mediterranean theater until the end of the war. Flew escort, patrol, strafing, and reconnaissance missions to help defeat Axis forces in Tunisia. Took part in the conquest of Sicily. Attacked railroads, highways, bridges, coastal shipping, and other targets to support Allied operations in Italy. Converted to P-51 Spitfires during Apr-May 1944 and afterwards engaged primarily in escorting bombers that attacked objectives in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, and Yugoslavia. Received a DUC for a mission of 9 Jun 1944 when the group protected bombers that struck aircraft factories, communications centers, and supply lines in Germany. In addition to escorting bombers of Fifteenth AF, the group made strafing attacks on important targets in Italy, France, central Europe, and the Balkans.