NELSON, ODEN HELMAR, Staff Sergeant, # 37322953, USAAF

 

Oden H. Nelson was born on 1 April 1921 in Baudette, Lake of the Woods Co., Minnesota, to Olaf Tellerfsson Nelson (1880-   ) and Hilda Olava (Olsdotter-Olsen) Nelson (1886-    ) (married 12 April 1909, Trysil, Hedmark, Norway).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, employed by Bob Ellsworth, and described himself as 5’9”, 160 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman 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.

DAVIS, CARL F., Sergeant, # 16162053, USAAF

 

Carl F. Davis was born 1924 in Illinois to John Russell Davis (1896-1962) and Frances (Lansing) Davis (1899-1981). Siblings were Virginia Mae Davis (1922-1983) and John R. Davis Jr. (1919-   ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Peoria, Illinois, on 1 December 1942. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman 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.