MCKAY, MAURICE POOL, Corporal, # 19169536, USAAF
Maurice Pool McKay was born on 13 September 1922 in Corvalis, Oregon, to Marion Bertice McKay (1887-1982) (Humphreys, MO) and Venus Worrell (Pool) McKay (1882- ) (Table Rock, Pawnee Co., NE). A sister was Muriel Pool (McKay) Walker (1918-2012) (OR). In 1942 the family lived ate Rte 1, Box 317, Troutdale, Multnomah, Oregon.
He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 and described himself as 5’10”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Portland, Oregon, on 5 November 1942. He was trained in the maintenance, repair and operation of the radio equipment on the C-47. On 10 October 1944, a C-47 A, # 43-15812, “Frivolous Sal,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a secret mission to Myitkyina, Burma. It was last contacted by radio on departure from Warzup, Burma, with Cpl. Clarence H. Newcomb, # 33297100, and its destination from Warzup was Myitkyina. It was on a combat mission. Its cargo was unknown to clerical staff. From 10th Combat Cargo Squadron commander to 10th Air Force, dated 12 December 1944: The demolished C-47A was found on 7 November 1944 by a ground party from Headquarters, Air Jungle Rescue Unit, Tingkawk Sakan, Burma. The C-47 was completely demolished from the center of the fuselage to the nose. The tail was intact, and the serial number was plainly visible. The rest was gutted by fire. “The pilot, co-pilot and engineer were burned to the point of near cremation.” Nothing was found of the radio operator, Cpl. Maurice P. McKay. A map in the MACR file shows that the crash was just North of the Thi Seingon River between the villages of We ban and Kweindwa, near a tributary of the Seingon River. It was off course, probably taking evasive action from a threat. The remains were indistinguishable from one another, upon and after recovery from Burma and the India Airfield cemetery, so a group burial was arranged in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 79, Grave 362).