ALLAN, JAMES E., Technical Sergeant, # 6366727, USAAF


James E. Allan was born on 28 March 1913 in Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi, to James Patrick Allan (1887-1960) (MS) and Bertha Pearl (Geege) Allan (1887-1978) (AL). Siblings included Francis M. (Allan) Holberg (1912-1987), Lucy Haughton (Allan) Simpkins (1914-1997). Living with them in 1920 were maternal aunt Hattie Geege (1874-    ) (KS), and cousins Daisy Mae (Gingles) Thompson (1903-1963) (IL) and Ernest F. Gingles (1905-1969) (IL) (served in WWII, Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Bronze Star Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart). His father was a policeman in 1920-30.


He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, on 21 February 1941. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the C-87/B-24 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 November 1944, a C-87, # 44-39287, assigned to 10th Air Force, Indi-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He was recovered and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 3 February 1949 (Sec. A, Grave 783).

C-87 Express Liberator