PYLE, EDWARD K., Staff Sergeant, 35300957, USAAF

SSgt Edward K. Pyle was born in 1912 in Ohio to Harry Tyson Pyle (1877-1973) and Gertrude B. (Smith) Pyle (1879-1969). Siblings included Harry Ishmale Pyle (1896-1995), Helen F. Pyle (1899-  ), Mildred V. Pyle (1904-1992) and Elizabeth M. Pyle (1907-    ). He graduated from Alliance High School and attended Mount Union College. He enlisted 4 April 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio, while living in Stark County, Ohio. He died 1 December 1943, in the crash of the B-24J upon which he was tail gunner, of the 7th Bomber Group, Heavy, 436th Bomber Squadron, and was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

MORLEY, CHARLES WALTER, Sergeant, 19017399, USAAF

Sgt Charles Walter Morley was born 26 November 1917 in Grays Harbor, Washington, to Charles Alvin Morley (1891-1945) and Bertha (Kunz) Morley (1893-1937). He had a brother, Alvin G. Morley (1916-1999). He enlisted 11 February 1941 in Seattle, Washington, while living in Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington. He died 1 December 1943, in the crash of the B-24J, a gunner of the 7th Bomber Group, Heavy, 436th Bomber Squadron, and was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

B-24J LOSS - 1 DECEMBER 1943 - RANGOON, BURMA

B-24J, 42-73183 (The Burma Bitch), was assigned to 7th Bomber Group, 9th Bomber Squadron (The Flying Cobras), 10th Air Force. On 1 December 1943, it departed the air base in Karachi, India, to bomb the railway marshalling yards and locomotive workshops and enemy buildings in Insein, Burma, on the North edge of Rangoon. The bomber was last sighted at 1228 hours (16 degrees 52 minutes North & 96 degrees 6 minutes East) and was seen to crash, shot down by enemy fighters. Its crew was comprised of:

Pilot                             2ndLt George T Elliot                         0-670990

Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Morris P Maag                           0-742495

Navigator                    2ndLt Howard (NMI) Hansen             0-673560

Bombardier                  2ndLt Roy B/E Emery                        0-671407

Engineer                      TSgt Albert C Johnson                         33190179

Radio Operator            TSgt Roland E Soderstrom                  37294533

Asst. Engineer             SSgt John D Bender                             33276178

Asst. Radio Operator   SSgt Talbot C Glance                          14149234

Armorer Gunner          SSgt Verl E Coddington                       39832131

Armorer Gunner          SSgt James W Forrest                          15333185

Witnesses who reported the crash included:

2ndLt Raymond L Cawood, 0-742283

2ndLt Stanley M Allison, 0-672287

2ndLt Fred H Pope, 0-670311

They reported that parachutes were used by some crewmen.  The three witnesses signed a single statement, apparently agreeing on its content: