SOMMERS, WESLEY HAROLD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-826986, USAAF

 

Wesley H. Sommers was born on 7 April 1922 in Cottage Grove, Dane Co., Wisconsin, to William Henry Sommers Jr. (1889-1966) and Ida Sovenia (Sime) Sommers (1889-1967). Siblings included Margaret Olena (Sommers) Gjeston (1916-2009), Thelma Winifred (Sommers) Marsh (1918-1988), Eunice Helen (Sommers) Hendrickson (1919-2012), Arnold Thomas Sommers (1925-1936), Eugene Stanley Sommers (1927-2017). He graduated from Madison East High School and Madison College. He attended the University of Wisconsin.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools through advanced schools to fly the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 June 1945, a B-24M, # 44-50389, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Bantakli, Thailand. It had to fly IFR through monsoon weather conditions. Its last known location was in the vicinity of Akyab, Burma. Last radio contact was with Headquarters, R.A.F. 231st Group (British), Calcutta, India. Search was led by the 222nd Air Sea Rescue Group. It was believed the B-24 crashed in the Bay of Bengal near Akyab, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Lower McFarland Cemetery, McFarland, Dane Co., Wisconsin. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

MCGINTY, JAMES CHARLES, III, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2062003, USAAF

 

James C. McGinty III was born 1922 in Pennsylvania to James C. McGinty Jr. (1897-1973) (PA) and Ida May (Eckhardt) McGinty (1901-1959) (PA) (married in 1917 in Philadelphia, PA). A sister was Ida Mae (McGinty) Burke (1919-1987). Living with them in 1940 in Chester, Burlington Co., New Jersey, was George Burke (1910-1974). He was married to Gertrude V. (Mansfield) McGinty, Maple Shade, Burlington, Co., New Jersey in 1944 in New Jersey.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Atalantic City, New Jersey, on 30 January 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools through advanced schools to fly the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 June 1945, a B-24M, # 44-50389, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Bantakli, Thailand. It had to fly IFR through monsoon weather conditions. Its last known location was in the vicinity of Akyab, Burma. Last radio contact was with Headquarters, R.A.F. 231st Group (British), Calcutta, India. Search was led by the 222nd Air Sea Rescue Group. It was believed the B-24 crashed in the Bay of Bengal near Akyab, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Lower McFarland Cemetery, McFarland, Dane Co., Wisconsin. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.