44-39233

 

On 6 September 1944 a C-87 Express Liberator, # 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 crew was:

                                           Pilot                             1stLt John M. Dietzel                          0-738115

                                           Co-Pilot                       1stLt William F. Bippus                       0-503369

                                           Radio Operator            PFC Richard C. Moore                        15353897

                                           Crew Chief                  TSgt Gaylord J. Lewis                         33180007

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                          Bippus             Phyllis J. Bippus, W, 219 Drydon Rd, Dayton, OH

                                          Dietzel             John W. Dietzel, F, 5383 Louis Place, Los Angeles, CA

                                          Lewis               Eleanor M. W. Lewis, W, 128 ½ N. Hopkins St., Sayre, PA

                                          Moore              Mable R. Moore, M, RFD 3, Hilltop Inn, Ashland, OH

DIETZEL, JOHN MERGER, First Lieutenant, # 0-738115, USAAF

 

John M. Dietzel was born on 7 August 1921 in Los Angeles, California, to John William Dietzel (1881-1955) (CA) and Mary Jane (McEachren) Dietzel (1878-1948) (Canada). Siblings included Marjorie Clara (Dietzel) Gibson (1905-1983). His father worked for an oil company in 1930-1940.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, employed by the Sacramento Air Depot, resided at 5383 27th Street, Sacramento, CA, and described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a short middle finger of the left hand. He enlisted in the USAAF in Sacramento, CA, on 18 March 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot 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).