No parachutes were seen. It was near Bilugynn Island, Bay of Martaban. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila Cemetery & Memorial, Pilippines. A memorial marker was placed in the McKean County Memorial Park, Lafayette, Pensylvania. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Carl A. Blair Jr., born 10 January 1913, served in the U.S. Army from 16 May 1942 to 20 October 1945. His wife was Helen C. (Nielsen) Blair. He died on 16 October 2006 in Escondido, San Diego Co., California.

 

His brother, Wells R. Blair, born 25 August 1915, served in the U.S. Army and USAAF, a Sergeant, # 6979713, from 20 October 1939 to 11 Ocober 1945. He was married to Delta Mae Harlan (Walk) Blair (1909-1989). He died on 13 February 1992 and is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona (Sec. 42, Grave 57).

 

His brother, Howard W. Blair, born 8 February 1918, served in the U.S. Army, # 33679833, from 20 May 1943 to 25 February 1946. He was overseas from 23 October 1944 to 22 February 1946. He was married to Mary Florence (Siegel) Blair (1919-1995). He died December 1986 and is buried in the Allegany Cemetery, Allegany, Cattaraugas Co., New York. 

Donald E. Blair

Carl A. Blair

Carl A. & Helen Blair

Howard W. Blair

Wells & Delta Blair

PAYNE, ADRIAN PAUL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-760665, USAAF

 

Adrian P. Payne was born on 13 May 1922 in New York to John Hedley Payne (1896-1982) and Catherine Agatha (Ward) Payne (1898-1979), 4055 ½ 47th St., San Diego, California. Siblings included John Robert Payne (1917-1952) and Richard James Payne (1929-1968).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Santa Ana, California, on 13 February 1943. 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 22 October 1944, a flight of B-24Js, including # 44-40588, # 44-40992, and # 44-70414, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Moulmein, Burma.