PALMER, JAMES W., JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-670424, USAAF

 

James W. Palmer, Jr., was born on 1920. He listed his sister, Shirley Palmer, as his next-of-kin, at 31 Admiral Road, Buffalo, New York.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Buffalo, New York, on 12 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 16 September 1944, a C-87, # 44-39246, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1327th AAF Base Unit, Tezpur, India, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a cargo mission to Sookerating, India. The C-87 was a Consolidated Aircraft modified-for-transport B-24 Liberator, known as the Liberator Express. Last contact was by radio about 20 minutes out of Shingbwiyang, Burma. The wreckage and crew has not been found and the crew were declared deceased by Public Law. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

SMOOT, EDWIN CAMERON, JR., Private First Class, # 12135123, USAAF

 

Edwin C. Smoot Jr. was born in 1922 in New Jersey to Edwin C. Smoot (1896-1956) and Ivah L. (Vanhouten) Smoot (1897-    ). A sister was Mildred Ivah (Smoot) Goman (1926-1992). He graduated from Verona High School, Verona, New Jersey.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Newark, New Jersey, on 20 August 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the B-24/C-87. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 September 1944, a C-87, # 44-39246, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1327th AAF Base Unit, Tezpur, India, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a cargo mission to Sookerating, India. The C-87 was a Consolidated Aircraft modified-for-transport B-24 Liberator, known as the Liberator Express. Last contact was by radio about 20 minutes out of Shingbwiyang, Burma. The wreckage and crew has not been found and the crew were declared deceased by Public Law. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines