MCMINN, ALVIN R., Staff Sergeant, # 32363083, USAAF


Alvin Robert McMinn was born on 10 September 1918 in New Jersey to William John McMinn (1884-    ) (Northern Ireland – naturalized) and Carrie Emma (Asay) McMinn (1892-    ) (NJ) (married 6 June 1916). Siblings included Gilbert F. McMinn (1917-1959), William John McMinn Jr. (1924-    ), Eliabeth S. McMinn (1924-    ). Living with them in 1920 were his maternal grandparents, Franklin George Letts Asay (1867-1940) (NJ) and Elizabeth Sharp (Croasdale) Asay (1866-1942) (NJ), and maternal aunts, Dora Elizabeth (Asay) Harding (1896-1983) and Della Elizabeth (1906-    ). His father was a grocery manager in 1920.


After enlisting in the USAAF, 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.