6739 (incomplete serial #) MACR 15552
On 8 August 1946 a Curtiss C-46 Commando of the 1328th AAF Base Unit (Air & Jungle Rescue), departed “Hastings Mill” on a flight. The air & jungle rescue men were some of the bravest in the theater. They repeatedly flew into mountainous areas to find and aid downed airmen and troops. It crashed near Tezpur, India, and all aboard were killed. The crew was:
Pilot 1stLt Harry Simon 0-709683
Student 2ndLt Chester T. Warner 0-784631
“ 2ndLt Edmund F. Bony 0-781790
“ F/O James H. German T-223964
The listed next-of-kin were:
Simon Max Simon, F, 1204 Fremont Ave., North Minneapolis, Minn.
Warner Charles C. Warner, F, 34 Seneca St., Baldwinsville, NY
Bony Frances C. Bony, M, Box 21, Sierraville, CA
German Lillian S. German, M, 121 N. Keats Ave., Louisville, KY
SIMON, HARRY, First Lieutenant, # 0-709683, USAAF
Harry Simon was born on 15 August 1919 in Romania to Max Simons (1892- ) (naturalized 1932) and Molly (Schoob) Simon (1900- ). Siblings were Florence Frances (Simon) Bornstein (1922- ), Minnie Simon (1923- ), Ruth Simon (1926- ). He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his father.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 1204 Fremont, North Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, a student at the University of Minnesota, and described himself as 6’, 182 lbs, with red hair and brown eyes. 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 National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 10 January 1949 (Sec. B, Grave 1094). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.