DAHLSTROM, HAROLD W., Master Sergeant, # 17000092, USAAF
Harold W. Dahlstrom was born 19 April 1921 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas, to Gotthard Dahlstrom (Otto Gotthard Leander Carlsson) (1888-1982) (Laxa, Sweden – immigrated 23 December 1910 - naturalized) and Agnes Maria (Stenman) Dahlstrom (1889-1961) ( Lillsjodal, Sweden) (married 1 July 1915, Topeka, KS). Siblings included Virginia May Dahlstrom (1916-1993), Franklin William Dahlstrom (1918-2001), Clarence Dahlstrom (1922-2014), Robert Curtis Dahlstrom (1926-1995) His father was home construction carpenter in 1930. He graduated from high school. He married Elizabeth Jacobine Krueger (1920- ) on 31 December 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 8 July 1940. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical systems of the Curtiss C-46 Commando and earned his crewman 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 mission to Kunming, China. 2nd Lt Breese was a third qualified pilot aboard. 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).