CURLEY, JOHN EDWARD, Technical Sergeant, # 31365157, USAAF
John E. Curley was born in 1921 in Massachusetts to James Bernard Curley (1882-1956) and Florence I. (Conway) Curley (1882-1947). Siblings included Eileen Curley (1909- ), Alice G. Curley (1910-1987), James J. Curley (1911-1994), Robert C. Curley (1913-1975), Kathleen Patricia (Curley) Watkins (1915-2008), Florence Mary Curley (1927- ), and James F. Curley (1918-1991). He graduated from Brockton High School, Brockton, Massachusetts.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 3 September 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical (crew chief/engineer) of the C-87/B-24 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 December 1944 a C-87 (B-24 transport variant), # 44-31243, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1327th AAF Base Unit, Tespur, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission to Chengtu, Chia, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was last seen on take-off. A search party on 6 February 1945 reported 2 bodies found, one identified as Mac (NMI) Streicker. A search party from Jorhat, India, led by Lt. Waldron reported 15 January 1945 that the wreckage was located at 26° 34’ North & 93° 26’ East, in Assam Pradesh, India, was searched and that two crewmen were killed in the crash and were lost in the fire. They possessed copies of crew fingerprints which were sent to Quartermaster, Graves Registration, by the 329th Service Group, Jorhat, India.
His brother, Robert C. Curley, born 15 August 1913, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, from 8 April 1942 to 10 September 1945. He died 20 December 1975 and is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Stoughton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.