The B-25H was last seen on a course of 360º at 9,800 feet as it disappeared through an overcast over the jungles of Burma. Witnesses were 1stLt George D. Carpenter, 0-479418, TSgt Walter B. Marsh, 12034601, and SSgt Elton D. Shinpoch, 7009428. TSgt Marsh reported that he was the radio operator-gunner in the lead B-25 and had completed the bomb run and were RTB when they flew into monsoon weather. Shortly after entering the monsoon, he saw Capt. Hummel descend, pass under their B-25’s tail, barely missing it. That B-25 flew to the right in a turn 90º from their lead B-25. When last seen, that B-25 was descending. 1stLt Carpenter reported that on their return course, he climbed through an alto stratus cloud at 1126 hours. Before entering it, the missing B-25 dropped back as ig he was going to change position. He did not do this but continued to bear right. TSgt Marsh kept 1stLt Carpenter informed of the course of the B-25. During its descent and turn, the B-25 disappeared in the overcast. SSgt Shinpoch reported that during the return to base, and about 30-4 miles from Feni airfield, the missing B-25 slid in and out of position several times. He last saw the B-25 slide out of sight then suddenly shot past their tail, left to right and descended almost vertically, barely missing their tail. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, John H. Williams, born 4 September 1915, served in the U.S. Army, a Captain, during WW II from 14 December 1942 to 15 September 1946. He died 30 December 2002 and is buried in the Olney Cemetery, Pendleton, OR.

Edward O. Williams

GRANTHAM, LEGRAN, Corporal, # 34809851, USAAF

 

Legran Grantham was born on 6 December 1923 in Alabama to David Rogers Grantham (1887-1969) and Georgia R. (Mayton) Grantham (1891-1953) (married 17 June 1914, Alabama). Siblings included Izola Allen (Grantham) Cave (1916-2002), Ovia Della "Doodle" (Grantham) Sandifer (1920-2017), David Rogers Grantham Jr. (1918-1987). Living with them in 1940 were Izola’a children, Robert J. Cave (1937-    ), Annell Cave (1939-    ) at Rte 2, Box 32, Sweetwater, Alabama. He was married to Davinet "Dada" (Rogers) Grantham (1923-1984).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 and described himself as 5’11”, 164 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on 18 June 1943. He was trained as an armorer and gunner for the B-25 Mitchell and earned his crewman wings. He was responsible for the maintenance and function of the weapons, except bombs. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 October 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4968, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 82nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Feni, India, on a bombing mission over the Mu River by-pass in Burma. The B-25H was last seen on a course of 360º at 9,800 feet as it disappeared through an overcast over the jungles of Burma. The B-25H was last seen on a course of 360º at 9,800 feet as it disappeared through an overcast over the jungles of Burma. Witnesses were 1stLt George D. Carpenter, 0-479418, TSgt Walter B. Marsh, 12034601, and SSgt Elton D. Shinpoch, 7009428.