Father served in Medical Corps in Puerto Rico

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  1. Quiltjudy929

    Quiltjudy929 Junior Member

    On October 1, 1942, my father and 21 other died in the crash of their DC2-1/2 15 miles NW of Coamo, Puerto Rico. I have been searching for other children or family members of the personnel on this crash, and have knowledge of four of us. Most of the men and women aboard were young and had not married, but if there are any family members, I'd like to hear from them.
    Those listed in the crash include the pilot, Capt. Francis H. Durant, who is not listed by the Army as having died in WWII. He and the other flight crew members were consumed in a fire. Others, thrown clear of the wreckage, were Maj. Roland Kohr, 1st Lt. Laurence Camp; 1st Lt. Donald Bashaw; 2nd Lt. George Beach; Capt. Jack I. Smith; 1st Lt. Alexis Voroniesk; 1st Lt. Everett Foster Johnson; 1st Lt. Pascasio Chacon Quinones; Warrant Office Allen Brewer; Sgt. Hardy Hocking; Sgt. Thomas F. Burke, Jr.; Sgt. Jesse Casarez; Pvt. Irving Hyler; Boats.Mate 1st Cl., John Larimore; Miss Dorothy Van Zant; Miss Margarita M. Ortiz, Miss Marie Tholen.
     
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    hello Judy and welcome
    is this your Father posted on another forum
    My father, Capt. Raymond C. Stiles, USAAF Med. Corps, and 21 others died in a military transport crash (a DC 2 & 1/2), I am told, on October 1, 1942. I am hoping to locate any other next of kin from that crash. So far, three of us have connected, myself, Tom Burke, and Bud Kohr. If anyone has any trace of family, I would appreciate hearing from them. The flight crew were unable to be retrieved as they burned with the plane. The others were thrown clear and were temporarily buried at Borenquen, later Ramey, AFB.


    Stiles, Raymond C O-022304 CAPT DNB
    http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/wyandott/military/honor.txt

    have you tried the sites below
    Accident Reports.com USAAF, USAF, USN, & USMC Aircraft Accident Reports 1918-1955

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  3. nnjc123

    nnjc123 Junior Member

    On October 1, 1942, my father and 21 other died in the crash of their DC2-1/2 15 miles NW of Coamo, Puerto Rico. I have been searching for other children or family members of the personnel on this crash, and have knowledge of four of us. Most of the men and women aboard were young and had not married, but if there are any family members, I'd like to hear from them.
    Those listed in the crash include the pilot, Capt. Francis H. Durant, who is not listed by the Army as having died in WWII. He and the other flight crew members were consumed in a fire. Others, thrown clear of the wreckage, were Maj. Roland Kohr, 1st Lt. Laurence Camp; 1st Lt. Donald Bashaw; 2nd Lt. George Beach; Capt. Jack I. Smith; 1st Lt. Alexis Voroniesk; 1st Lt. Everett Foster Johnson; 1st Lt. Pascasio Chacon Quinones; Warrant Office Allen Brewer; Sgt. Hardy Hocking; Sgt. Thomas F. Burke, Jr.; Sgt. Jesse Casarez; Pvt. Irving Hyler; Boats.Mate 1st Cl., John Larimore; Miss Dorothy Van Zant; Miss Margarita M. Ortiz, Miss Marie Tholen.
    (Sorry if duplicated message, was having trouble posting)

    Hello, My name is Norma. My great-uncle was on the same plane as your father.
    His name was JESSE CASAREZ.
    I would love to share some information with you.

    Norma,
    SugarLand, Texas
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Ask Peter Clare - He is one of the Air Experts and maybe able to help you further with the circumstances and who was onboard etc. if it was a British or Commonwealth flight.

    Good luck.
     

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