MOORE, RICHARD C., Private First Class, # 15353897, USAAF

 

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After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-87/B-24 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 September 1944 a C-87, # 44-39233, assigned to 10th Air Force, Indi-China Wing, 1330th Base Unit, departed Jorhat, Assam, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kiunglai, China. It crashed enroute and the crew was killed. The remains of the crew (Dietzel, Bippus, Lewis & Moore), recovered from an American military cemetery in Barrackpore, India, were indistinguishable and were buried together (4 remains & 4 caskets) in the Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., Kansas, on 23 August 1949 (Sec. 2, Graves 1881-1882).

 

LEWIS, GAYLORD JOHN, Technical Sergeant, # 33180007, USAAF

 

Gaylord J. Lewis was born on 10 June 1909 in Blakely, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania, to Dayton N. Lewis (1865-1939) and Bertha C. (Barry) Lewis (1875-19  ). Siblings included Josephine Eleanor (Lewis) Gruener (1895-1951), Earl Dayton Lewis (1897-1960), Laverne Curtis Lewis (1899-1964), Lucille M. (Lewis) Root (1904-1953), Marion Edith (Lewis) Wentworth (1914-1997), Carolyn Rose (Lewis) Vallier (1916-1989). He married Helen T. O’Malley in Binghamton, NY, on 3 September 1932.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 106 Hospital Place, Sayre, PA, was employed by the Singer Sewing Machine Co., and described himself as 5’11”, 152 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort George C. Meade, Maryland, on 6 April 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) of the C-87/B-24 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 September 1944 a C-87, # 44-39233, assigned to 10th Air Force, Indi-China Wing, 1330th Base Unit, departed Jorhat, Assam, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kiunglai, China. It crashed enroute and the crew was killed. The remains of the crew (Dietzel, Bippus, Lewis & Moore), recovered from an American military cemetery in Barrackpore, India, were indistinguishable and were buried together (4 remains & 4 caskets) in the Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., Kansas, on 23 August 1949 (Sec. 2, Graves 1881-1882).