PFC James A Franklin
Cenotaph

PFC James A Franklin

Birth
Iowa Park, Wichita County, Texas, USA
Death 31 Aug 1943 (aged 21)
Papua New Guinea
Cenotaph Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 82 SITE 34
Memorial ID 41250523 · View Source
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His family moved to Breckenridge, Texas in 1923 and he attended schools in Breckenridge. He was one of the first members of the National Guard which mobilized in 1941, before Franklin finished high school. He enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1942. and went to Australia in February 1942.

He was a member of the 43rd Bombardment Group stationed at Lae, New Guinea. His ship, with a crew of seven aboard, took off on an early morning reconnaisance and supply dropping mission. It was an instrument take-off, and the plane failed to gain sufficient altitude to clear a cliff below the summit of a nearby mountain. All aboard were killed instantly.

Survived by his mother - Mrs. Ozell Blackburn; two sisters - Mrs. Billy Jo McKinney of Brooklyn, NY and Mrs. Nadene Alexander of Breckenridge his grandmother - Mrs. Nancy Wilson of Houston.

The Breckenridge American
Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas
24 July 1949

Father: Benjamin Franklin


Actual burial here


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PFC, 43 AAF BOMB GP WORLD WAR II


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  • Maintained by: Tim Cook
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 28 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41250523
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC James A Franklin (5 Oct 1921–31 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41250523, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .