KLAMAN, LOUIS, Sergeant, # 31134233, USAAF


Louis Klaman was born on 23 April 1911 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, to Walter Klaman (1885-1971) and Rose (Lakson) Klaman (1886-1972). A sibling was Ada (Klaman) Weiner (1912-1999). He was married to Bessie Klaman in 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts.


He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 16 January 1941 or 15 June 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and utilize the aerial photography equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 8 April 1944, B-25H, # 43-4209, assigned to the 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, was one of two which crashed from a flight which departed Yangkai, China, on a combat mission to Samah Bay. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.