WILEY, CHARLES LINCOLN, First Lieutenant, # 0-819658, USAAF

 

Charles L. Wiley was born on 12 February 1921 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to James Ellsworth Wiley (1890-1974) and Florence Elizabeth (Erisman) Wiley (1893-1981). Siblings included James Robert Wiley (1916-1940), Ruth Erisman (Wiley) Gifford (1918-2003), Mary Elizabeth Wiley (1923-    ), Nancy Jane Wiley (1929-    ), and William Stuart Wiley (1934-2015).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 39 Southwest End Ave., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, employed by the Hamilton Watch Co., and described himself as 5’10”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 March 1945, a B-24M, # 44-50335, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Rangoon, Burma. It was last seen at coordinates 17º 10’ North & 95º 20’ East, flying west toward the Burma coast (Bay of Bengal). The witnesses who last saw the B-24M were SSgt Owen E. Maddox, 35728501, Sgt George A. Fisher, 35882687, and Cpl Jimmie J. Bearden, 18167597. The last in radio contact were LtCol William B. Kyes, 0-425090, and 1stLt Phocian B. Hatten, 0-533189. 7th Bomb Group sent a sortie to search. Air Sea Rescue searched. 1stLt Wiley is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart. A memorial marker was placed in the Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Macon Co., Georgia

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CROSS, FRANK THOMAS, First Lieutenant, # 0-767757, USAAF

 

Frank T. Cross was born 17 October 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank Lewis Cross (1892-    ) (MA) and Lillian A. Cross (1892-    ) (OH). A sister was Elaine Cross (1933-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 March 1945, a B-24M, # 44-50335, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Rangoon, Burma. It was last seen at coordinates 17º 10’ North & 95º 20’ East, flying west toward the Burma coast (Bay of Bengal). The witnesses who last saw the B-24M were SSgt Owen E. Maddox, 35728501, Sgt George A. Fisher, 35882687, and Cpl Jimmie J. Bearden, 18167597. The last in radio contact were LtCol William B. Kyes, 0-425090, and 1stLt Phocian B. Hatten, 0-533189. 7th Bomb Group sent a sortie to search. Air Sea Rescue searched. Nine bombers on a mission on 1 April 1945 will also search enroute on return. 1stLt Cross is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.