On 6 August 1945, a B-24J, “Poco Moco,” # 44-49451, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a routine fuel transport to the airfield at Rupsi, India. The B-24 was last contacted at 1714Z near Shingbwiyang, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

WHITEMAN, CHARLES E., Technical Sergeant, # 18000275, USAAF

 

Charles E. Whiteman was born 1920 in Texas to Frank Deany Whiteman (1894-1968) (Clarkville, TX) and Gladys G. (Bucher) Whiteman (1895-1976) (PA). Siblings included Teresa Mae (Whiteman) Shandrew (1922-1983) and LeRoy Weldon Whiteman (1929-2010). His father was an electrician in 1930-1940 in Windsor, Weld Co., Colorado. Living with them in 1940 were Ruben Schlotthauer (1916-    ) (1st husband of Teresa M. Whiteman), her and their son, Jackie Dean Schlotthauer (1939-    ). He married Anna Mae Schdeler (1922-2011). They had a son, Charles Whiteman (1943-2015).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 13 August 1940. in Colorado. He was trained to maintain and repair the mechanical systems on the B-24 Liberator (engineer or crew chief). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 August 1945, a B-24J, “Poco Moco,” # 44-49451, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a routine fuel transport to the airfield at Rupsi, India. The B-24 was last contacted at 1714Z near Shingbwiyang, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

STURTEVANT, FRANKLIN D., Sergeant, # 11029241, USAAF

 

Franklin D. Sturtevant was born on 5 February 1920 in Buckfield, Oxford Co., Maine, to Robie Arthur Sturtevant (1888-1986) and Amy Merle (Turner) Sturtevant (1893-1988) (married 9 August 1912, Portland, ME). Siblings included Helen Lorna Sturtevant (1920-2012) and Clara Evelyn Sturtevant (1917-1992).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Portland, Maine, on 17 July 1941. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 August 1945, a B-24J, “Poco Moco,” # 44-49451, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a routine fuel transport to the airfield at Rupsi, India. The B-24 was last contacted at 1714Z near Shingbwiyang, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial is in the Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Memorial Park, Auburn, Maine.

Charles E. Whiteman