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Corp Grover Kirby Trees Jr.

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Corp Grover Kirby Trees Jr.

Birth
La Pryor, Zavala County, Texas, USA
Death
3 Feb 1943 (aged 25)
At Sea
Burial
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot
Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID
56250878 View Source

Suggested edit from Contributor (48628101)•
Inducted From: Texas
Rank: Corporal
Combat Organization: Air Corps
Death Date: 3 Feb 1943
Monument: North Africa
Last Known Status: Missing
Could he be husband of Mary Cornelia Hanby (since his is an unusual name combination thought that it might be)
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Grover Trees is listed USAAFdata.com as a casualty of the Dorcester sinking on this date which appears to be in error.

From FAG member 47792171
US Army Air Corps WORLD WAR II
Corporal, Grover K. Trees Jr. MIS/DIS
Hometown: Texas
Service # 18125620
Awards:
Pilot Captain Orval Eknes MIS/DIS

Target: Ferry Mission
Mission Date: 3-Feb-43
Serial Number: #41-1708
Aircraft Model C-87
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Cause: Unknown

Corporal Trees appears Tablets of the Missing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial Carthage Tunis, Tunisia. He has a cenotaph memorial marker at Sutter Cemetery Sutter County California, his body was never recovered.

On Jan 17 Flight C-87 No. 411708 departed from Accra, Africa 2338 GCT en route to Natal, Brazil. Accra reported the plane missing Jan 20, 1943 (other docs show the afternoon of 18th Jan when reported missing). A wide search for the plane was conducted and was abandoned Jan 29.

The flight had Air Corp Crew of six men, seven Army Personnel and 13 members of the RAF. On Feb. 4 1943 a life raft was found at sea by the U.S. Destroyer Kearney about 60 miles due East of Recife, Brazil. The raft contained an unidentified man, who was later identified via finger prints as LT. Col. Brunner. He was buried at sea from the destroyer. An inventory of the articles found on the life raft included five life jackets, indicating that at least four other men were on the life raft. Other articles found indicate the presence of British and Canadian members of the RAF. No other American articles where found other than LTC. Brunner's.

On Feb. 5 1943 another life raft was found on the beach of Ponte Negra, Brazil. It contained the remains of Major Arthur Mills. Articles found on the raft: Col. Douglas C. MacKeachie's $20.00 American Express Company Travel Cheque, bearing his signature.
1st Lt. John A. Byler - One Chronometer, one pipe, one pocket address book containing log, one wallet containing: W.E.A.G.O. ID card, one envelope of collector's stamps, $34.00 (U.S.) and 100 Francs (Algerian) and other smaller foreign banknotes, personal papers, and cards.

Cpl. Joseph P. Braniff - Social Security Tag., Wallet containing: $1.00 (U.S.) and 5L sterling, personal papers, and cards.
Six life jackets were found in the raft indicating that there were originally six men in the raft. The insignia of the Rank of Colonel USA was found (made into the shape of a crude fish hook), and other articles which serve to identify two Royal Air Force Officers as occupants of the raft.

Assumptions made about the crash are:
The plane was forced down but did not explode or crash violently. There was little time for the passengers and crew to escape to the rafts, as the only articles saved were those normally carried in the pockets of clothing.
No other life rafts or bodies were recovered and is assumed that the remaining 15 men stayed with the downed Aircraft until it sunk.

CREW:
Captain Orval Eknes Pilot Scanlon Minn.
Captain Felton B. Lancaster Co Pilot
Mexia, Texas
Captain Felton B. Lancaster
2nd/Lt. Joseph F. Peoples Navigator
Jersey City, N.J.
M/Sgt. Alvin A. Young Radio Op. Bossier City, La.
M/Sgt. Charles W. McKain Franklin Pa. crew chief.

PASSENGERS:

ATC PERSONNEL:
These men were returning from having delivered a B-17 to Africa from Miami. Major Mills was the pilot, 1st Lt. Minor was the co-pilot, 1st Lt. Byler was the navigator.
1st/Lt. John A. Byler
1st/Lt. Hugh P. Minor
Major Arthur Mills
Corp. Joseph P. Braniff
Corp. Grover K. Trees Jr.
Corp. Grover K. Trees Jr.

(Board at St. Erval, United Kingdom)
Lt/Col. Russell Reed Brunner
Col. Douglas C. MacKeachie

RAF FERRY CREW:

Fl. H.J. Martin
RO Sergeant H.V. Lamb (ferry command for 8 months)
Navigator H. Warman
Captain Paul Bleecker Makepeace
RO C. Derry
Flt/Of. Peter C. Zoephel Navigator
Flt/Of. Geoffrey A. Clegg
RO N. Durry
Pilot-Officer W.T.B. Smithson Navigator

(Source of this information from: Report dated 14 Feb 1943, Determination of Status of crew and passengers of missing airplane C-87 No. 411708 "RESTRICTED")

Suggested edit from Contributor (48628101)•
Inducted From: Texas
Rank: Corporal
Combat Organization: Air Corps
Death Date: 3 Feb 1943
Monument: North Africa
Last Known Status: Missing
Could he be husband of Mary Cornelia Hanby (since his is an unusual name combination thought that it might be)
----------------------------------------------------------------
Grover Trees is listed USAAFdata.com as a casualty of the Dorcester sinking on this date which appears to be in error.

From FAG member 47792171
US Army Air Corps WORLD WAR II
Corporal, Grover K. Trees Jr. MIS/DIS
Hometown: Texas
Service # 18125620
Awards:
Pilot Captain Orval Eknes MIS/DIS

Target: Ferry Mission
Mission Date: 3-Feb-43
Serial Number: #41-1708
Aircraft Model C-87
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Cause: Unknown

Corporal Trees appears Tablets of the Missing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial Carthage Tunis, Tunisia. He has a cenotaph memorial marker at Sutter Cemetery Sutter County California, his body was never recovered.

On Jan 17 Flight C-87 No. 411708 departed from Accra, Africa 2338 GCT en route to Natal, Brazil. Accra reported the plane missing Jan 20, 1943 (other docs show the afternoon of 18th Jan when reported missing). A wide search for the plane was conducted and was abandoned Jan 29.

The flight had Air Corp Crew of six men, seven Army Personnel and 13 members of the RAF. On Feb. 4 1943 a life raft was found at sea by the U.S. Destroyer Kearney about 60 miles due East of Recife, Brazil. The raft contained an unidentified man, who was later identified via finger prints as LT. Col. Brunner. He was buried at sea from the destroyer. An inventory of the articles found on the life raft included five life jackets, indicating that at least four other men were on the life raft. Other articles found indicate the presence of British and Canadian members of the RAF. No other American articles where found other than LTC. Brunner's.

On Feb. 5 1943 another life raft was found on the beach of Ponte Negra, Brazil. It contained the remains of Major Arthur Mills. Articles found on the raft: Col. Douglas C. MacKeachie's $20.00 American Express Company Travel Cheque, bearing his signature.
1st Lt. John A. Byler - One Chronometer, one pipe, one pocket address book containing log, one wallet containing: W.E.A.G.O. ID card, one envelope of collector's stamps, $34.00 (U.S.) and 100 Francs (Algerian) and other smaller foreign banknotes, personal papers, and cards.

Cpl. Joseph P. Braniff - Social Security Tag., Wallet containing: $1.00 (U.S.) and 5L sterling, personal papers, and cards.
Six life jackets were found in the raft indicating that there were originally six men in the raft. The insignia of the Rank of Colonel USA was found (made into the shape of a crude fish hook), and other articles which serve to identify two Royal Air Force Officers as occupants of the raft.

Assumptions made about the crash are:
The plane was forced down but did not explode or crash violently. There was little time for the passengers and crew to escape to the rafts, as the only articles saved were those normally carried in the pockets of clothing.
No other life rafts or bodies were recovered and is assumed that the remaining 15 men stayed with the downed Aircraft until it sunk.

CREW:
Captain Orval Eknes Pilot Scanlon Minn.
Captain Felton B. Lancaster Co Pilot
Mexia, Texas
Captain Felton B. Lancaster
2nd/Lt. Joseph F. Peoples Navigator
Jersey City, N.J.
M/Sgt. Alvin A. Young Radio Op. Bossier City, La.
M/Sgt. Charles W. McKain Franklin Pa. crew chief.

PASSENGERS:

ATC PERSONNEL:
These men were returning from having delivered a B-17 to Africa from Miami. Major Mills was the pilot, 1st Lt. Minor was the co-pilot, 1st Lt. Byler was the navigator.
1st/Lt. John A. Byler
1st/Lt. Hugh P. Minor
Major Arthur Mills
Corp. Joseph P. Braniff
Corp. Grover K. Trees Jr.
Corp. Grover K. Trees Jr.

(Board at St. Erval, United Kingdom)
Lt/Col. Russell Reed Brunner
Col. Douglas C. MacKeachie

RAF FERRY CREW:

Fl. H.J. Martin
RO Sergeant H.V. Lamb (ferry command for 8 months)
Navigator H. Warman
Captain Paul Bleecker Makepeace
RO C. Derry
Flt/Of. Peter C. Zoephel Navigator
Flt/Of. Geoffrey A. Clegg
RO N. Durry
Pilot-Officer W.T.B. Smithson Navigator

(Source of this information from: Report dated 14 Feb 1943, Determination of Status of crew and passengers of missing airplane C-87 No. 411708 "RESTRICTED")

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