HENRY, FRANKLIN GRANVILLE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-717816, USAAF

 

Franklin G. Henry was born on 27 June 1924 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, to Franklin William Henry (1900-1969) and Edna A. (Moore) Henry (1900-1970) (married 15 November 1919 in Jackson Co., MO). In 1930, the family was living with his maternal grandparents, Harrison “Harry” Granville Moore (1876-1947) and Annie Florence (Jackman) Moore (1878-1952), two cousins, Betty Jane (Moore) Hudson (1924-1995) and Colleen Mildred (Moore) Keithcart (1925-1989), a maternal grand-aunt, Guerney E. Foster (1886-   ) and her two children Anna Louise (Foster) Davis (1908-1996) and Clyde Clifton Foster (1915-1996). He was married to Gloria Marjorie (Abington) Henry on 10 November 1944 in Elizabeth, Virginia.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed at Rigs & Co., resided at 7115 Bellefontaine, Kansas City, MO, and described himself as 5’9”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his left wrist. He enlisted in 1942 and was inducted 14 April 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the newest radar equipment on the B-24M Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India and detached to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China. The B-24 was downed and crashed, killing all aboard. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri.

KELLER, DENZIL BYRON, Sergeant, # 35752810, USAAF

 

Denzil B. Keller was born on 13 February 1924 in Belington, West Virginia, to Calvin Roy Keller (1885-1935) and Hattie (Bartlett) Keller (1885-1974) (married in 1914, Wetzel WVA). Sibling was Merel Earl Keller (1920-1964). He graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1942.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 412 Stealey Ave., Clarksburg, WVA, and described himself as 5’10 ½”, 130 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on 12 April 1943. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India and detached to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China.