He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 as a University of Oregon student and described himself as 6’, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, Field Artillery, the 41st Infantry, on 25 June 1941 and subsequently was transferred to the USAAF. He was trained as a navigator on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 June 1945, a B-24J, # 44-49681, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Rupsi, India, departed the airfield at Rupsi, India, on a routine flight to Dergaon, India. Last contact was with air traffic control at the Rupsi airfield at 1128 hours IST. The B-24 crashed in the vicinity of Lengteng, Assam, India, coordinates 26º 27’ North & 93º 03’ East. A Graves Registration ground party reached the wreckage on 2 August 1945 and recovered five remains. They did not find the remains of the sixth crewman after an extensive search. Burial was at the American military cemetery, Jorhat, Assam, India, on 4 August 1945. After recovery by Graves Registration from the American military cemetery at Jorhat, India, his remains were cremated and interred in the Wilhelms Portland Memorial Mausoleum, Portland, Oregon.

George R. Schreiber

William Schreiber

MODE, RALPH KENNETH, Staff Sergeant, # 37729527, USAAF

 

Ralph K. Mode was born on 21 March 1918 in Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., Kansas, to Albert Mode (1894-    ) (Negaunsee, Mich.) and Clara Ida (Smith) Mode (1894-1977) (Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO). A brother was George Albert Mode (1916-    ).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, resided in Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, employed by Frye Aircraft Corp., and described himself as 5’9”, 150 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 21 December 1943. He was trained to maintain and repair of the mechanical systems on the B-24 Liberator. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 June 1945, a B-24J, # 44-49681, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Rupsi, India, departed the airfield at Rupsi, India, on a routine flight to Dergaon, India. Last contact was with air traffic control at the Rupsi airfield at 1128 hours IST. The B-24 crashed in the vicinity of Lengteng, Assam, India, coordinates 26º 27’ North & 93º 03’ East. A Graves Registration ground party reached the wreckage on 2 August 1945 and recovered five remains. They did not find the remains of the sixth crewman after an extensive search. Burial was at the American military cemetery, Jorhat, Assam, India, on 4 August 1945. After recovery by Graves Registration from the American military cemetery at Jorhat, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 10 January 1949 (Sec. B, Grave 934)