His sister, Clara E. Sturtevant, born 16 December 1917, enlisted in the U.S. Army Women’s Corps on 27 February 1945 and was honorably discharged 4 October 1946. She died on 26 August 1992 and is buried in the Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, Maine.

FERGUSON, DAVID R., Sergeant, # 31415038, USAAF

 

David R. Ferguson was born on 24 August 1925 in Hampden Co., Massachusetts, to David Black Ferguson (1900-1984) and Julia (Dausch) Ferguson (1902-1987). A sister was June Ferguson (1928-    ).  He enlisted in the USAAF in Springfield, Massachusetts, on 10 November 1943. He was trained to maintain and repair the mechanical systems on the B-24 Liberator (assistant 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. A memorial was placed in the Forestdale Cemetery, Holyoke, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.