2Lt Kenneth Walter Sober

2Lt Kenneth Walter Sober

Oklahoma, USA
Death 27 Mar 1945 (aged 21)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56791191 · View Source
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Kenneth served as a Second Lieutenant, 65th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Ellis County, Oklahoma prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 4, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a structural and ornamental metal worker and also as Single, without dependents.

Kenneth was a Passenger on C-47A #43-16011 that was assigned to the 673rd Bomber Squadron, 417th Bomber Group, Light. This flight was taking airmen who had been on leave back to their duty stations.

C-47A #43-16011 took off, with a crew of 4 and 20 passenger, from Garbutt Field (APO 321), Queensland Australia on a ferrying mission to Finschafen Airfield (APO 322), Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. This C-47 was not heard from or seen again after takeoff.

Kenneth was declared "Missing In Action" on this flight during the war.

Service # O-783215

Kenneth also has a "Cenotaph" in the Harmon Cemetery, Harmon, Oklahoma.
( see family links below )

Note: The radio code books belonging to radio operator S/Sgt. Morris Cohen (see below) was found in a crash site in the mountains behind Kamadarang village, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Possibly the wreck is still somewhere in that area.

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Crew who perished on C-47A #43-16011:

Caruthers, William F ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, PA
Cohen, Morris ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Dickey, James E ~ Capt, Co-Pilot, NC
Kellogg, Eldred E ~ Capt, Pilot, NY

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Passengers who perished on C-47A #43-16011:

Bettina, Luigi F ~ S/Sgt, NY
Bronson, Gregor M ~ 1st Lt, WA
Daube, Robert A ~ 1st Lt, CA
Desrochers, Albert L ~ Sgt, MA
Galey, Thomas D ~ 2nd Lt, GA
Gould, Harry C ~ Sgt, MI
Lo Vallo, Frank A ~ Sgt, PA
McHenry, Harvey J ~ 2nd Lt, PA
Meeker, Robert F ~ Capt, OH
Mikula, Michael ~ Sgt, NJ
Miller, Fred O ~ S/Sgt, TX
Paschild, Victor ~ 1st Lt, OR
Powel, Robert G ~ 2nd Lt, NJ
Shaw, William I ~ S/Sgt, MI
Sinclair, Glenn E ~ Sgt, CO
Sober, Kenneth W ~ 2nd Lt, OK
Stanley, Richard F ~ 1st Lt, CA
Tanner, Emerson A ~ Sgt, SC
Tyree, James F ~ Sgt, TN
Yates, Selby L ~ Sgt, IL

( Bio, Family Links & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56791191
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Kenneth Walter Sober (13 Feb 1924–27 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56791191, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .