He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at RFD 1, Box 277, New Kensington, PA, and described himself as 5’7”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted a scar over his right eye. He enlisted in the USAAF 20 February 1943. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain the weapons on the B-24 Liberator (armorer) and as a gunner using the .50 caliber machineguns. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China on 13 July 1944. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40783, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow and formed with other B-24s on a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan. Second B-24J lost on same flight: 44-40831, same unit. Formosa Intelligence reported a B-24 shot down in Sea of Takao, by Japanese Submarine Chaser. MP Sgt Masayoshi Kakimoto dispatched to Ryuku Islands (Okinawa, etc.) informed of aviators afloat on sea. Found one and captured him: Capt. George Keats O’Neil. Capt. O’Neil said that Reade, Roney, Mast and Hicks bailed out from forward compartment. Fired on in parachutes and on water. Capt. O’Neil believes all lost. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, John D. Zacharias, born 27 November 1926, served in the U.S. Army, # 33976043, from 18 November 1945 to 16 May 1947. He died 25 May 2002.

GUTHRIE, ALLEN SMYTHE, Staff Sergeant, # 13082134, USAAF

 

Allen S. Guthrie was born on 17 May 1920 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana to Alonzo Lester Guthrie (1888-1952) and Ina (Smythe) Guthrie (1888-1972). A sibling (Alllen Smyth Guthrie) was stillborn on 15 February 1919. Living with his parents in January 1920 was his maternal grandmother, Anna S. (Burrows) Smythe nee Duffner (1863-     ) (IN) – widow of James Samuel Smythe (1840-    ) (married 2 November 1887).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, on 15 October 1941. He was trained to monitor and maintain the radar on the B-24 Liberator and as a gunner using the .50 caliber machineguns. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China on 13 July 1944. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40783, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow and formed with other B-24s on a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan. Second B-24J lost on same flight: 44-40831, same unit. Formosa Intelligence reported a B-24 shot down in Sea of Takao, by Japanese Submarine Chaser. MP Sgt Masayoshi Kakimoto dispatched to Ryuku Islands (Okinawa, etc.) informed of aviators afloat on sea. Found one and captured him: Capt. George Keats O’Neil. Capt. O’Neil said that Reade, Roney, Mast and Hicks bailed out from forward compartment. Fired on in parachutes and on water. Capt. O’Neil believes all lost. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Crown Hill Cemetery upon his mother’s grave marker, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.