GRAY, VIRGIL C., Technical Sergeant, # 13009315, USAAF

 

Virgil C. Gray was born 6 March 1922 in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, to John Harvey Gray (1897-1972) and Sara B. (Yockey) Gray (1903-    ). In 1940 he had a sister, Ella S. Kingsbury (1920-1986). He was married to Ella Gray, who in 1950 lived at 1709 Woodmont Ave., Arnold, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, and who, when he departed for India, lived at Box 106, Douglas Cottage # 2, Manitou Springs, CO. His father was a welder for Allegheny Steel in 1930 & 1940. The 1930 census shows John H. Gray, Hattie Gray (1897-    ), and Virgil Gray.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 13 July 1940. He underwent extensive training in the mechanical maintenance and function of all mechanical parts of the B-24 and earned his crewman wings as an engineer (now called crew chief). On 27 March 1944, a B-24-J, # 42-64104, assigned to 10th Air Force, 6th Photo Group, 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, of the air field at Gushkara, India, took off from Sookerating, Assam, India, on a ferrying mission to Gushkara, India. Its last known location was at 0830 hours at Sookerating, India. The aircraft departed Gushkara air field, India, on 27 March 1944. It landed at Sookerating field, Assam, India, at 0545 Zulu hours. It was ferrying 100 octane fuel and eight passengers. It took off from Sookerating at 0843 Zulu to fly to Gushkara. No Form 23, flight clearance, was on file at Sookerating. The last contact was with the Sookerating Airdrome. Two B-24-J aircraft flew a search. Nothing was found. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.

 

His father, born in 4 August 1897 in Reynoldsville, PA, enlisted for service (# 350647) in WW I on 10 January 1918 at Fort Slocum, New York. He was assigned to Company D, 54th Tel Battalion, South Carolina, to discharge. He was promoted to PFC 6 May 1918, to Corporal 8 August 1918 and was honorably discharged 1 October 1919.

 

SAMUELS, ELI (NMI), Staff Sergeant, # 36329110, USAAF

 

Eli Samuels was born on 11 February 1911 to Joseph Samuels (1891-1975) and Jennie (Baronowtz) Samuels (1892-    ) (married 5 January 1911). A sister was Alice Samuels (1913-    ). The famiy information may be incorrect. I welcome correct information. Please use the “Contact” web page.

 

He enlisted in Chicago, Illinois, on 7 April 1942. He underwent extensive training in the main-tenance and operation of all radio and interphone equipment on the B24 andd earned his crewman wings as a radio and interphone operator.. On 27 March 1944, a B-24-J, # 42-64104, assigned to 10th Air Force, 6th Photo Group, 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, of the air field at Gushkara, India, took off from Sookerating, Assam, India, on a ferrying mission to Gushkara, India. Its last known location was at 0830 hours at Sookerating, India. The aircraft departed Gushkara air field, India, on 27 March 1944. It landed at Sookerating field, Assam, India, at 0545 Zulu hours. It was ferrying 100 octane fuel and eight passengers. It took off from Sookerating at 0843 Zulu to fly to Gushkara. No Form 23, flight clearance, was on file at Sookerating. The last contact was with the Sookerating Airdrome. Two B-24-J aircraft flew a search. Nothing was found. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.