GILMORE, RICHARD HARLAN, Corporal, # 19141157, USAAF

 

Richard H. Gilmore was born on 10 October 1924 in Los Angeles Co., California to Beverly Roger Woodburn Gilmore (1892-1957) (WI) and Alma L. (Dunham) Gilmore (1892-1974). Siblings were Roger W. Gilmore (1923-    ) and Dean Ward Gilmore (1926-2010).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF on 26 October 1942 in San Francisco, California, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) on the B-24/C-109 Express Liberator, a B-24 variant designed to transport fuel (AVGAS). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 July 1945 a C-109, # 44-48999, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1347th AAF Base Unit, Shamshernager, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Luhsien, China. Last contact was by radio at about 2223 Zulu when it was near Tulihal, India. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Roger W. Gilmore, born 28 May 1926, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, a pilot, during WWII and Korea. He died 9 November 2010 in San Diego, California.