OYLER, JACK D., Second Lieutenant, # 0-779978, USAAF
Inadequate accurate data disallows me from honoring this veteran properly. Assistance would be appreciated.
BOTTINO, FRANK JAMES, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 1118055, USAAF
He was born in 1923 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, to Frank J. Bottino (1890-1976) and Elizabeth “Lisa” (Moscardelli) Bottino (1890- ) (both born in Italy). Siblings included James Bottino (1914-2001), John Joseph Bottino (1915-2006), Anthony Bottino (1917-1962), David Bottino (1918-1935), and Elizabeth Emma Bottino (1922- ).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 24 November 1942. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 December 1944, a C-46D, # 44-77300, assigned to Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 16th Combat Cargo Squadron, Sylhet, Assam, India, departed the airfield at Chandina airfield, Chandina, Assam, India, on a cargo mission to Yazagyo Field, Burma. Last to see the C-46D was Capt. Lester M. Brewer, 0-664957. He reported: at 1045 hours, local, flying C-46, # 42-101235, from Chandina to Yazagyo, he saw black smoke right of course. A detour revealed a C-46 on the ground burning around the engines and leading inboard wings. The fuselage seemed damaged little. None was separated. At Yazagyo, a report was made. Location of the crash was on 265º, about 30 miles out of Yazagyo. They unloaded cargo and returned. They found only about 10’ of the right wing was left; the rest burned. Time – 1205 local. Their radio operator, SSgt L.C. Dick, sent a coded message to Sylhet. After recovery of the remains of Wright, Bottino and Cathell, Graves Registration was unable to distinguish the remains and all were buried in a common grave in the Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, on 30 August 1949 (Sec. G, Grave 4658/9).
His brother, John J. Bottino, enlisted in the military on 26 May 1941.