2Lt Thelma Myrtle La Fave

2Lt Thelma Myrtle La Fave

Birth
Elmwood, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA
Death 25 Jan 1945 (aged 24)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56773263 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, she was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 26, 1946, 1 year and 1 day after she went missing as was the custom.

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Thelma served as a Second Lieutenant & Nurse, 820th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

She resided in Tuscola County, Michigan prior to the war.

Thelma was assigned to a mission on C-46D #44-77339, 58th Squadron, 375th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force.

C-46D #44-77339 took off, with a crew of 7, from Biak Island, Papua, Indonesia on a medical evacuation mission of wounded soldiers that were to be picked up at Tacloban, Eastern Visayas, Leyte Province, Philippines.

After a stop over in Peleliu Island they went missing somewhere between Peleliu Island and Tacloban for an unknown reason during the war.

Thelma was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

Service # N-731363

Thelma also has a "Cenotaph" in the Saint Agatha Cemetery, Gagetown, Michigan.
( see family links below )

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Airmen who perished on C-46D #44-77339:

Billiter, Orla ~ Corp, Medic, KY
Comer, Cecil C ~ Capt, Pilot, WV
La Fave, Thelma M ~ 2nd Lt, Nurse, MI
Lahrman, John A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, OH
Oliver, Robert E ~ Sgt, Medic, MN
Sampson, Glenn K ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, MI
Weeks, Joseph P ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CT

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56773263
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Thelma Myrtle La Fave (31 Jul 1920–25 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56773263, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .