KLEMME, WALTER, Captain, # 0-530914, USAAF

 

Walter Klemme married Martha A. Brown on 18 April 1944 in California. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools through advanced school to fly the C-109 (transport version of the B-24 Liberator) and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 August 1945, a C-109, # 44-49704, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, Assam Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission to Hsinching, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was lask known to be at Gologghat, India, at 1850 hours. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

44-49704         C109    Klemme

 

On 5 August 1945, a C-109 (B-24 varian, the Express Liberator - fuel hauler), # 44-49704, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, Assam Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission to Hsinching, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was lask known to be near Gologghat, India, at 1850 hours. The crew were:

                                            Pilot                             Capt Walter (NMI) Klemme                0-530914

                                            Co-Pilot                       F/O Charles S. Sercombe                    T-184475

                                            Radio Operator            Sgt James E. Hughes                            14170902

                                            Engineer                      PFC Cloyce D. Pierce                          34426812

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                            Klemme           Martha A Klemme, W, 32 Esperanza St, Long Beach, CA

                                            Sercombe         Rommanie S. Ciauri, B, 510 E. Dewey Ave, San Gabriel, CA

                                            Hughes             Mrs. Billy J. Hughes, W, Vernon, Alabama

                                            Pierce               William T. Pierce, Rte 1, Fulton, Mississippi

SERCOMBE, CHARLES SYNDEX, Flight Officer (First Lieutenant), # T-184475, USAAF

 

Charles S. Sercombe was born on 5 June 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, to Parker Holmes Sercombe (1858-1944) (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Leontine M. (Possien) Sercome (1894-1989) (Illinois). Siblings included Emmaline Rommanie (Sercombe) Ciauri (1914-2008) (IL) and Herbert Spencer Sercombe (1916-2002) (Chicago, IL).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 510 E. Dewey Ave., San Gabriel, Los Angeles Co., California, unemployed, and described himself as 6’, 190 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools through advanced school to fly the C-109 (transport version of the B-24 Liberator) and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 August 1945, a C-109, # 44-49704, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, Assam Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission to Hsinching, China. It was lask known to be at Gologghat, India, at 1850 hours. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.