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KLEFFEN, CHARLES G., Second Lieutenant, # 0-713302, USAAF

 

Charles G. Kleffen was born 1921 in Wisconsin to Irvin Kleffen (1886-1940) and Lydia Kleffen (1888-1967). He graduated from Bay View High School as an honor graduate. Sibling was Pearl L. Kleffen (1913-1984).

 

After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 August 1945 a B-24J, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Squadron, Tezpur, India, departed the airfield on a gas haul flight (B-24 used for cargo) to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Transporting fuel aboard a B-24 was very dangerous. The highly flammable AVGAS sometimes detonated and destroyed the aircraft. This would explain why nothing of the B-24 was found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

LANGE, ROBERT M., First Lieutenant, # 0-724322, USAAF

 

Robert M. Lange was born 20 August 1921 in Rochester, New York to Oscar Max Lange (1891-1954) and Jessie Isabelle (Sheard) Lange (1899-1979) (London Co., England) (married 11 March 1921, Monroe, NY). Siblings were Eleanor Maxine (Lange) Lafrance (1923-2004), Edith M. (Lange) Lory (1925-1983), Beatrice (Lange) Phillips (1927-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Albany, New York, on 25 June 1941. After enlisting, he completed navigator instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to navigate the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 August 1945 a B-24J, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Squadron, Tezpur, India, departed the airfield on a gas haul flight (B-24 used for cargo) to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Transporting fuel aboard a B-24 was very dangerous. The highly flammable AVGAS sometimes detonated and destroyed the aircraft. This would explain why nothing of the B-24 was found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.