PLUMMER, EVERETT C., Lieutenant Colonel, Service # 0-300865, U.S. Army Air Force

Everett C. Plummer was born in 1906 in Oklahoma. He enlisted in the service 2 May 1942, in San Francisco, CA, while living in Sacramento, CA. On enlistment, he was described as 5'9" and 155 lbs (enlisted service # 39838323). He died on 9 December 1943 and was buried in a Catholic cemetery in Yandoon, Burma. He was awarded the Silver Star for exceptional courage and valor in combat and the Purple Heart. The Graves Registraion team recovered his remains from the Yandoon cemetery.

Assigned 493rd Bomb Squadron, Hqs, 7th Bomb Group, 10th AF, departed Pandaveswar, India to bomb Insein, Burma. B-24J, Tail # 42-73159, was last seen 1 December 1943 at 1230 hours at about 17 degrees 18 minutes North and 95 degrees 33 minutes East. Crew of ten (10), including:


            Pilot, 1stLt Granvill B. Stringfellow, 0-725549                               KIA

            Acting Commander, Lt.Col. Everett C. Plummer, 0-300865          POW

            Navigator, 1stLt Hugh P. MacPherson, 0-660875                          KIA

            Bombardier, 1stLt Lancer W. Robertson, 0-727076                       KIA

            Engineer, TSgt Charles C. Bowen, 14070288                                 KIA

            Radio Operator, SSgt Alfonse S. Cieslak, 36301984                       KIA

            Asst. Engineer, SSgt Henry W. Ley, 11045540                                KIA

            Asst. Radio operator, SSgt Henry G. Vanis, 37190972                    KIA

            Armorer-gunner, Corp. George W. Tidd, 14073599                       KIA

            Armorer-gunner, SSgt Bertram J. Archer, 12140538                       KIA

            Observer, Capt. John W. Lasell, 0-219261                                       KIA


Last to sight the aircraft were 1stLt Roy M. Shaw, 0-726835 and 2ndLt Charles E. Lewallen, 0-121925. Two parachutes were seen. A statement was written by 2ndLt Henry J. McElderry: “Lt. Stringfellow’s plane was the lead ship of the formation. My ship flew on his left wing over the target. After bombs were dropped we lost sight of him. He was next sighted on the right wing of Ship # 45. The pass by enemy ship or ships was not seen but about 15 minutes from target, white smoke was seen coming from around his #3 engine. The right wing of Lt. Stringfellow’s ship dropped and sled off in banking turn to right. It continued in opposite direction or toward Rangoon, losing about 1500 feet. Two objects came out of right waist window, one chute opened immediately, and the other object kept falling and disappeared into clouds. It looked like a delayed jump to evade attacking fighters. Between 8 and 10 enemy fighters started to attack disabled ship leaving the main formation of B-24s alone. The tail gunner first sighted the ship going into a tailspin. One chute was opened at this time. The ship was smoking badly and dropped 3,000 or 6,000 feet before bursting into flames. A very few seconds after it had burst into flames it exploded, leaving only burning fragments. About five enemy fighters followed the ship until it exploded. The tail gunner did not see enemy fighters molest the one open chute.”