MCJURY, KENNETH C., Staff Sergeant, # 12139882, USAAF
Kenneth C. McJury was born on 15 June 1922 in Akron, Erie Co., New York, to Clifford Dinwiddie McJury (1878-1966) (Darien, NY) and Charlotte M. (Abbott) McJury (1893- ) (married 18 March 1915, Akron, NY). Siblings included Lloyd Dinwiddie McJury (1916-1975) and Robert K. McJury (1930-2012). He was married to Delores E. (Bowers) McJury, c/o Layton Bowers, Wrights Corners, Rte 4, Lockport, New York.
After enlisting in the USAAF, he trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the B-25 Mitchell and earned his crewman wings. He was trained as a gunner. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force and India. On 9 February 1945, a B-25J, “Nina,” # 44-28788, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing mission of Kel-His-Mansam. It was seen by 2ndLt John A. Pennington, 0-718926, 2ndLt Duane H. Troup, 0-777270, and Cpl Robert F. Bishop, 42090299, to hit a tree or trees during its bomb run and crash at 1315 hours at coordinates 21º 56’ North & 97º 49’ East (Kehsi, Mansam, Burma). Cpl. Bishop reported that he was tail gunner on #795 when # 788, the lead B-25, crashed. They were circling and waited for # 788 to make his last bomb run. He watched the B-25 come in at about 1,000’ AGL and descend to about 100-200’. He released 2 bombs, then his right wing hit a high tree on a small hill about 100 yards from the target. Part of the wing separated and the B-25 flipped over on its back and hit the ground and exploded. This was confirmed by the other witnesses. After recovery of the remains of the crew (Evenson, Hohner, Kenner, McJury, Martin & Reno), all were buried in a common grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 21 August 1950 (Sec. 84, Grave 194).
His brother, Lloyd D. McJury, born 23 March 1916, first enlisted in the NY U.S. Army National Guard on 17 June 1935 to honorable discharge on 3 February 1937 (106th Field Artillery, Battery E) and then, second, enlisted in the U.S. Army 11 March 1941 and served to 15 September 1945. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and received a Purple Heart for wounds in the Luzon Invasion. He died on 29 May 1975 and is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, Wyoming Co., New York.
His brother, Robert K. McJury, born 24 January 1930, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He died on 4 December 2012 and is buried in the Saint Joseph Cemetery & Mausoleum, Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.