RYLE, CORLE EVERETT III, Technician 4th Grade, # 37499807, USAAF
Corle E. Ryle III was born 1923 in Missouri to Corle E. Ryle Jr. (1899-1978) (employed by Remington Arms) and Floreneel Lucille (Stedman) Ryle (1900-1987) (married 13 June 1922, Jackson Co., MO). Siblings included Frank Wallace Ryle (1925-2005) and Jack Harvey Ryle (1932- ). He graduated from the Manual High and Vocational School. He was married to Norma K. Tracy on 11 April 1943 in MO and the had a son.
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 1821 Jackson, Kansas City, MO, and described himself as 5’6”, 140 lbs, with black hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF. He was trained to work on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas to India. His last assignment was with the 47th Depot Repair Squadron. In India, he was assigned to fly on a B-25 in search of the two missing crews and his B-25 Mitchell crashed in India. Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. His B-25 crashed during the search. After recovery from the American military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, the remains of crew members (Ketron, Ryle, & Weston) were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 9 November 1949 (Sec. 79, Grave 501).
His brother, Frank W. Ryle, born 30 December 1925, served in the U.S. Navy from 24 April 1944 to 13 June 1946. He died on 9 October 2005 and is buried in the Catawba Island, Clinton, Ohio.