44-48999         MACR 14807

 

On 30 July 1945 a C-109 (B-24 variant – Express Liberator – fuel hauls), # 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. The crew was:

                                       Pilot                             Capt. Boyd H. Gallaher Jr.                   0-734225

                                       Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Gordon H. Tucker                      0-834571

                                       Radio Operator            SSgt Forrest T. Craig                            16030081

                                       Crew Chief                  Cpl Richard H. Gilmore                       19141157

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                             Gallaher           Mary Gallaher, M, Rte 2, Okanogan, WA

                                             Tucker             Kathryn L. Tucker, W, Dane, Wisc.

                                             Craig                Norma Craig, W, 1552 E. Sedgwick Ave., Decatur, IL

                                             Gilmore           Alma L. Gunham, M, 1820 Delaware St., Berkeley, CA

 

GALLAHER, BOYD HENRY, Captain, # 0-734225, USAAF

 

Boyd H. Gallaher was born on 10 August 1918 in Douglas Co., Washington, to Boyd George Gallaher (1884-1957) and Mary D. (Mertens) Gallaher (1891-1990) (NE) (married 22 April 1915, Mansfield, WA). Siblings were Herman Christ Gallaher (1916-1986), Magaret Agnes (Gallaher) Johnson (1919-2002), Clara Helen (Gallaher) Howe (1921-2000), Robert John Gallaher (1922-2004), Joseph George Gallaher (1924-2004), Bernard Arthur Gallaher (1928-1974), and John G. Gallaher (1930-    ).

 

After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator (C-109 variant, the Express Liberator). He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. 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. A memorial is on his parents’ marker in the Okanogan City Cemetery, Okanogan, Washington.

 

His brother, Joseph G. Gallaher, born 3 February 1924, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, SSMC 2nd, #3816426, from 25 March 1940. He served on the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65), “The Big E” (1943-1945). The U.S.S. Enterprise participated in Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, Battle of the Eastern Solomons, Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the Guadacanal Campaign, Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of the Leyte Gulf. She earned 20 Battle Stars and was the most decorated ship of WWII. He died 8 March 2004 and is buried in the Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Washington.

 

His brother, Bernard A. Gallaher, born 14 March 1928, served in the U.S. Army from 2 July 1948 to 21 January 1957. He died 2 March 1974.