POOLE, JOHN WESLEY II, Technical Sergeant, # 34268466, USAAF

 

John W. Poole II (named after his paternal grandfather) was born on 25 August 1911 in Augusta, Georgia, to Claiborne B. Poole (1874-    ) and Maude Muller (Stothart) Poole (1877-1920). Siblings included Annie Virginia Poole (1908-1909) Mary Elizabeth (Poole) Moorman (1909-    ), who in 1943 lived in Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from high school.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, on 15 April 1942. He was trained to maintain, repair and operate the radio equipment 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 Pine Grove Cemetery, Eatonton, Putnam Co., Georgia.

STEIR, MARTIN, Staff Sergeant, # 11110227, USAAF

 

Martin Steir was born on 19 December 1925 in Massachusetts to William Steir (1899-1974) (Eng-land – arrived 1900) and Elizabeth “Betty” Steir (1905-1975) (NY). Siblings were Arlene Fay Steir (1938-2011) and Thelma (Steir) Salvetz (1930-    ). He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his mother.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on 4 January 1944. He began flight instruction but was selected for other training. He was sent to India. On the fatal flight, he was acting as a substitute gunner. 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. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.