CASE, KEITH GOODRICH, Flight Officer, # T-140348, USAAF
Keith G. Case was born on 17 August 1919 in Emmons, Duchesner Co., Utah, to Henry Floyd Case (1892-1976) and Edith (Goodrich) Case (1895-1968). Siblings included Ruth (Case) Madsen (1918-2015), Deane (Case) Parker (1923-1999), and Gwen (Case) Sprouse ( ). In 1920 the family lived with his paternal grandparents, Frederick Aaron Case (1860-1945) and Mary Ann Case (1867-1959). He graduated from Altamont High School. He attended Brigham Young University for three years.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 5’6”, 150 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. After training (#39917644) in navigation, he was appointed a Flight Officer on 7 July 1943 at Fort Douglas, Utah, he trained at Sheppard AAF Field, Texas, Fullman, Washington, Santa Ana, California, and Honodo, Texas. He was assigned to navigate the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas. On 14 July 1945, a C-46A, # 43-47294, nicknamed “Miss Virginia” and “Lil Bit of Texas,” assigned to USAAF, 20th Air Force, POA, 1st Air Transport Squadron, Naha, Okinawa, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a cargo mission to Kharagpur, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, and the wall in the National Memorial of the Pacific. A memorial marker was placed in the Memory Grove Memorial, Salt Lake City, Utah. He was awarded the Air Medal.