Douglas Gasner “D.G.”  Morrissey Jr. was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was the son of Douglas Gasner Morrissey and Elis Pauline Clark.  He enlisted on August 11, 1942, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

98th Squadron, 28th Transport Group
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

Aircraft C-87 with serial number 43-30555 left from Tezpur, Assam in India on a cargo mission to Kunming.

Statement from 1st Lt Holmes:
These men listed here were my crewmen on a flight from Tezpur, India to China (Exactly where I can’t remember). Our position at the time the ship went out of control was East of Chabua and South of Mount Likyang. The crewmen left their station with the exception of Lt Miller for the purpose of bailing out through the rear cargo door. Miller was unconscious and didn’t leave. It’s possible one figured out since they are still missing that they all may have gotten tangled up in the cargo hold and never actually got clear of the plane. I left by way of the top escape hatch and never seen any of them after they left the flight deck a short time before. The plane crashed in a north easterly direction from where I landed which was 26 day walk following a due west compass heading from and aircraft spotting station known as BD-16 atop Mt. Whitong, commanded by Sgt Tony Fa, home address Lackawana, N.J.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt John R. Holmes
Co-Pilot, Capt Frederick D. Collinge
Student, 1st Lt Everett D. Derenthal
Navigator, 2nd Lt Voigt W. Miller Jr.
Radio Operator, Cpl Paul M. Bittner
Engineer, Cpl Douglas G. Morrissey Jr.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, June 13, 1943
Pvt. Douglas G. Morrissey Jr., has arrived in India, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Douglas G. Morrissey, 621 Randolph Street, have learned. Pvt. Morrissey’s wife, the former Marget Henry, is living at the home of her parents, 710 Maple Street, Fountain City. Private Morrissey is an Air Force airplane mechanic. He entered the Army last August 25.

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 3 July 1921
  • Date of death: 30 September 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Fountain City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 98th Squadron, 28th Transport Group
  • Theater: China Burma India
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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