WILEY, MURLE FRANCIS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-889778, USAAF

 

Murle F. Wiley was born on 6 June 1922 in Saint Paul, Decatur Co., Indiana, to Elijah Thomas Wiley (1882-1963) and Minnie (Douthit) Wiley (1888-1960). Siblings were Eldred Elijah Wiley (1906-1982), William Harlan Wiley (1908-1923), Ruby Lena Wiley (1910-1991), Hedrick Allison Wiley (1914-1975), Velma Deloris Wiley (1920-1922), and Paul Dale Wiley (1928-2001).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed navigator instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and 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. 2ndLt Wiley is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Van Pelt Cemetery, Waldron, Shelby Co., Indiana.

MARSHALL, CLAUDE FERDINAND, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-766317, USAAF

 

Claude F. Marshall Jr. was born on 9 August 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, to Claude Ferdinand Marshall (1892-1926) and Esther Caroline (Johnson) Baird nee Marshall (1893-1980) (Kalmar, Sweden). A sister was LaVirra Clara (Marshall) Lehman (1920-2012). He graduated from Crane High School, Chicago, IL.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on 30 January 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed bombardier instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and 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.