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The following pages will be designated by the tail or serial number of the USAAF aircraft that crashed and its crew lost (KIA, MIA, or POW). This sequence is used because it appears the simplest way to list the aircraft and the crew members.
B-24J - # 42-73312 – 27 November 1943
On 27 November 1943, a B-24J assigned to the 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 374th Bombardment Squadron, departed Panagarh, India, enroute with others to bomb the railway yards and shops at Insein, Burma. While the crew completed their bombing mission, they were unable to escape being downed. The aircraft was last seen at 1205 hours. Some of the crew died while a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment. Of the crew on board the bomber, the remains of Sergeant Norman E. Albinson were recovered by a Graves Registration team, to be lost when the team was transporting more than three dozen recovered remains to Calcutta, India aboard C-47B transport, 42-48308. The crew of the B-24J is honored herein.
Witness TSgt. T.L. Humphries, engineer-gunner (top turret), said, “I saw B-24J 42-73312 peel off and drop its landing gear at the same time as our flight leader, Lieutenant Curtis, did. He then pulled his gear back up and came back up into formation on our right wing. He was about 40 minutes from the target when he again peeled off to the right and came back under our ship going to our left at about 90 degrees to us. We had a heading of 140 degrees at that time. His engines were all running okay and the ship seemed to be under complete control. I watched him about 300 yards out and he was keeping the same heading.”
KELLAM, NEWTON J , First Lieutenant, # 0-802926, USAAF
Newton J. Kellam was born 24 December 1920 in Riverside County, California, to Newton Earle Kellam (1896-1969) and Mildred Hiller (Longshore) Kellam (1899-1985), he had a few siblings. These included Jeptha Lynn Kellam (1925-1986) and Earl C Kellam (1929-1949). His father was a building contractor. In 1937, he played football for Scotia Glenville High School. The 1920 census shows his grandfather, Newton (one record says “Norton) J. Kellam (1863- ) and grandmother Mary M. Kellam (1870- ), living in Riverside, California, with son-in-law Ivan Newell Emely (1893-1963) married to Jessie Elizabeth (Kellam) Emely (1892-1956), and sons (his father) Newton Earle Kellam (1896-1969) and James Lynwood Kellam (1900-1942).
On 8 June 1943, he married Georgeina Stewart Wilson (1918-2001) in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. Born 5 August 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she died 26 February 2001 (father – Clyde W Wilson; mother – Myrtle J Betton).