SEELIG, FRANKLIN “IKE” WHILLOCK, Captain, # 0-322319, USAAF
Franklin W. Seelig was born on 24 September 1913 in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Augustus Bayrar Seelig (1877-1926) and Mildred Charles (Whillock) Seelig (1881-1926). He had a sister, Jane Seelig (1910- ). He married Hilda Beth (Emigh) Seelig (1908-1949) on 18 May 1935 in Indiana and they had two daughters, Patricia and Judith C. (Seelig) Reagan. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute High School, Roswell, New Mexico. He completed two years of college.
After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 October 1944, a C-47B, # 43-48634, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Ledo, India, on a routine flight to Myitkyina, Burma. It crashed enroute at map coordinates NR5554. All were killed in the crash. Last contact by radio was with Cpl. Lester J. Phillips, 31120129. A C-64 of the 443rd Troop Carrier Group, was dispatched to the area of the crash. The crashed plane was identified as a C-47 with large yellow tail markings such as the one missing. The “political agent” for the area, Mr. Walker, reported that it will take 3 days to reach the crash after the search party is rganized. 1stLt Rueben C. Zirbel, 0-745775, Operations Officer, is in charge of the search. 1stLt Guy E. Tadlock, Assistant Operations Officer, reported that he was climbing on a course west of Digboi Mountain. He saw a large fire and black smoke. He changed course and identified the fire as a burning aircraft. He sent a message to “Tapleak” at Ledo Air Base and gave the location. He circled until a UC64-A, 43-5321, arrived and located the fire, then proceeded to his destination. His remains, indistinguishable from other crew members (Fetzer, Krolikowski) were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, and buried in a common grave in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky on 19 August 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 115/116).