LAW, DAVID VAN ZANDT, Staff Sergeant, # 33596765, USAAF
David V. Law was born 13 December 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to George Jackson Law (1885-1948) (Delaware) and Mary Leona (Dyson) Law (1893- ) (PA) (married in 1912, Philadelphia, PA). Siblings included George Jackson Law Jr. (1916-1945), Jane (Law) Lawler (1922-2010), Joseph Dyson Law (1923-2017), Milton Billerback Law (1928-2010).
He registered for the WW II draft on 29 December 1942, resided at 3506 Vista St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, employed by Graphic Arts, and described himself as 5’8”, 132 lbs, with blond hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 29 March 1943. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He was sent overseas to India on about 23 May 1944. earned his crewman wings. 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. SSgt Law is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
His brother, George J. Law Jr., born 25 July 1916, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a Sergeant, U.S. Army, # 6853038, 414th Infantry, 104th Division, was awarded the Silver Star for heroism and the Purple Heart for his sacrifice. He was killed in action 28 March 1945 and is buried in the American Margraten Cemetery, Netherlands (Blk P, Row 13, Grave 8).