He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on 23 September 1942. He was trained by the Quatermaster School in the ways in which supplies are provided to troops, including air supply or kicking supplies out the door of an aircraft. On 18 June 1945, a C-47B, “Beth Ann,” # 43-48730, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Tactical Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a cargo (drums of fuel) air supply mission to Yewe Taung, Burma. Last contact with the C-47B was by radio with Cpl. Joe Collins, 38513054. The search for the C-47B was led by Capt. Alfred Kaufman, 0-412427. Five C-47s and 2 L-5 (Stinsons) of the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron searched the area. Air Jungle Rescue searched the target area with two L-5s. The search operation was hampered by low hanging scud clouds (heavy rain). The pilot of the missing C-47B had informed the Warazup tower he had climbed out of the top of ground fog. At 0548, the C-47B radio operator reported to the squadron their departure and destination as Bhamo, Burma. The air supply mission was to drop fuel drums by parachute to an air warning station. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

HENRY, MELVIN PHILLIP, Corporal, # 33707504, USAAF

 

Melvin P. Henry was born on 8 November 1905 in Osceola Mills, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, to Phillip George Henry Jr. (1879-1966) (Germany) and Florence (Wilkinson) Nesbit nee Henry (1886-1978) (PA). Siblings included Elwood George Henry (1908-1991) and Paul Robert Henry (1910-1989). The family lived at 218 S. Brady, DuBois, Pennsylvania, in 1918. He was married to Elva Yale-Clarner (1902-1984) and they had two daughters.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by National Supply Co., and described himself as 5’11”, 174 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 27 October 1943. He was trained by the Quatermaster School in the ways in which supplies are provided to troops, including air supply or kicking supplies out the door of an aircraft. On 18 June 1945, a C-47B, “Beth Ann,” # 43-48730, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Tactical Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a cargo (drums of fuel) air supply mission to Yewe Taung, Burma. Last contact with the C-47B was by radio with Cpl. Joe Collins, 38513054. The search for the C-47B was led by Capt. Alfred Kaufman, 0-412427. Five C-47s and 2 L-5 (Stinsons) of the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron searched the area. Air Jungle Rescue searched the target area with two L-5s. The search operation was hampered by low hanging scud clouds (heavy rain). The pilot of the missing C-47B had informed the Warazup tower he had climbed out of the top of ground fog. At 0548, the C-47B radio operator reported to the squadron their departure and destination as Bhamo, Burma. The air supply mission was to drop fuel drums by parachute to an air warning station. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.