WARNER, CHESTER TITUS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-784631, USAAF
Chester T. Warner was born on 4 July 1924 in New York to Charles Chester Warner (1898-1956) and Mabel R. (Titus) Warner (1902-1984). Sibling Richard Franklin Warner (1927-1991) and Elizabeth Jane (Warner) Davidsen (1933-2004)
He enlisted in the USAAF in May 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the C-46 Commando and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India to fly with the important Jungle Rescue Squadron. The mission they flew were some of the most dangerous, at low levels through mountain ranges and over jungle, seeking downed airmen to rescue and often flying almost daily over a crash as ground rescuers or parachuted rescuers were guided to the crash. On 8 August 1946 a Curtiss C-46 Commando of the 1328th AAF Base Unit (Air & Jungle Rescue), departed “Hastings Mill” on a flight. It crashed near Tezpur, India, and all aboard were killed. After recovery from the Kailakunda American military cemetery in India, his remains were buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., New York.
His father, born 10 December 1898, served during WWI, U.S. Army, Infantry, Second Lieutenant, from 16 September 1918 to 3 December 1918. He died in 1956 and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., New York. He is noted in the North America, Family Histories – descendants of Andrew Warner.
His brother, Richard F. Warner, born 12 May 1927, served during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He died 8 February 1991 and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., New York.