Gordon & Ellis Gardner

SNITZER, SAMUEL, Private, # 12209195, USAAF

 

Samuel Snitzer was born in 29 October 1923 in Buffalo, Erie Co., New York to William Snitzer (1899-1991) (Russia) and Rebecca (Taratuta) Snitzer (1891-1966) Russia). Siblings included Isadore Snitzer (1921-2015) and Mildred “Minnie” (Snitzer) Caprow (1927-2014).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained for the maintenance and function of the mechanical parts of the C-109 (B-24 Liberator transport version) and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 January 1945, a C-109, # 44-49235, assigned to Air Transport Command, CIB, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Tezgaon, India, departed the airfield at Kurmitola, India, on a flight to Chengkung, China. Last radio contact was with Chabua, India. It was last over Imphal, India, at 2254Z. It crashed and the crew are missing in action. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

Samuel Snitzer

FINLEY, HARRY T, Corporal, # 37407631, USAAF

 

Harry T. Finley was born in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Thomas J. Finley and Hazel Marie (Hanna) Finley (1888-1968). Siblings included Raymond J. Finley (1913-1986), Gordon Clement Finley (1918-1980), Thomas Alphonsus Finley (1921-2002), Clayton Francis Finley (1923-    ). Living with them were a cousin, Hazel Hanna Finley (1910-1962), Elizabeth (Giblin) Hanna (1870-1945), and Katherine Giblin (1869-    ) .

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained for the maintenance and function of the mechanical parts of the C-109 (B-24 Liberator transport version) and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 January 1945, a C-109, # 44-49235, assigned to Air Transport Command, CIB, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Tezgaon, India, departed the airfield at Kurmitola, India, on a flight to Chengkung, China. Last radio contact was with Chabua, India. It was last over Imphal, India, at 2254Z. It crashed and the crew are missing in action. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.