VAN DERSARL, VINCENT AUBREY, Second Lieutenant, # 764841, USAAF


Vincent Aubrey Van Dersarl was born on 23 March 1922 to Jules J. Van Dersarl (1893-1977) and Amalie “Mollie” Van Dersarl (1894-1984). A brother was Julius John Van Dersarl (1913-1996). He attended New Mexico A & M, Las Cruces New Mexico.


After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and advanced flight school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 9 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93365, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Moran, India, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply mission over target 283, Burma (drop supplies to ground troops). The C-47A was seen to crash at about 0950 hours near 23º 57’ North & 97º 26’ East. All aboard were killed. 1stLt Smith reported: At about 0830, 9 December 1944, he was briefed with the pilos of # 42-93365 and 42-93360 for a target at the above cited location. At about 0850, they departed at about 2-minute intervals. Upon arrival at the target drop site, one C-47 was circling and another was down and burning. Radio contact revealed the C-47 still aloft was 42-93360. There were no signs of life near the downed C-47. He is remembered on the memorial wall at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas (Sec MA, Site 139). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.


His brother, Jules John Van Dersarl Jr., born on 10 March 1913, served from 28 December 1939 to 6 January 1946 then again from 22 April 1951 to 28 February 1965. Jules J. Van Dersarl Jr. was selected as an Outstanding Alumni of New Mexico State College and worked as a music instructor at the Las Cruces Union High School and at the State College. He retired from the USAF a Lieutenant Colonel. He died 18 May 1996 and is buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas (Sec. 17, Grave 1090).

Vincent A. Van Desarl