ZEPEDA, TRINI P., Corporal, # 39121042, USAAF

 

Trini P. Zepeda was born in 1916 in California to Raymond Zepeda. Inadequate information was available to honor this veteran accurately and assistance would be appreciated by use of the contact page.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 22 January 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-87/B24 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 24 September 1944 a C-87, # 44-39203, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a return flight to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last radio contact was with Sgt Albin J. Wroblewski, # 36503536. On 31 October 1944 a large search party led by Maj. Edgar H. Jones, left Dafflaghur Tea Estate and got to a camp site at Rilengka on 2 November 1944. On 4 November they located the second crashed C-87 (44-39203). They located “903” on the wreckage. The C-87 crashed about 2 miles from the village of Teipu at 93° 32’ longitude & 27° 6’ latitude. Two C-87s crashed. The other was 42-10782, out of Misamari, India, of the 1328th AAF Base Unit. After retrieval, his remains were buried with those of Justesen, Robertson and Hurd in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 33).

 

ROBERTSON, WALKER C., Private First Class, # 31139492, USAAF

 

Walker C. Robertson was born in 1919 in Piedmont, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Alexander Howard Robertson (1870-1926) and Annie (Copeland) Robertson (1880-    ) (naturalized 1935) ( both born in Canada). In 1940 he was living with his brother, Ivan Howard Robertson (1917-1988) and his family. Living with them in 1921 was his paternal grandmother, Mary (McKay) Robertson (1837-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 16 July 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems on the C-87/B-24 Liberator Express. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 24 September 1944 a C-87, # 44-39203, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a return flight to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last radio contact was with Sgt Albin J. Wroblewski, # 36503536. On 31 October 1944 a large search party led by Maj. Edgar H. Jones, left Dafflaghur Tea Estate and got to a camp site at Rilengka on 2 November 1944. On 4 November they located the second crashed C-87 (44-39203). They located “903” on the wreckage. The C-87 crashed about 2 miles from the village of Teipu at 93° 32’ longitude & 27° 6’ latitude. It crashed into a mountain at full power at 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Several large trees were hit. The front of the C-87 burned and was a twisted debris mass partially buried by a landside. Natives found an empty parachute, # 42-710062, 3 .45 cal. pistols, a Very flare pistol (turned in to the 301st Service Group ordinance division) and a silver ID bracelet with aircrew wings on it. The ID bracelet and a parachute log were provided to the Commander, 1330th AAF Base Unit. They found parts of a body and with bones was an ID tages for 2ndLt George A. Justesen. The remains were buried at the crash site with appropriate markings. No other bodies or parts were found. Two C-87s crashed. The other was 42-10782, out of Misamari, India, of the 1328th AAF Base Unit. After retrieval, his remains were buried with those of Justesen, Robertson and Zepeda in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 33).