APPLIN, HENRY, Private First Class, # 34326306, USAAF
Henry Applin was born in 1921 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tennessee, to Hillard C. Applin (1900- ) and Pauline Applin (1903- ). Siblings included Hillard C. Applin Jr. (1924-1956) and Juanita Applin (1927- ).
After enlisting in the U.S. Army, he was trained at the Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia, and sent overseas to India, assigned to the AAF 3303rd Quartermaster Truck Company. On 23 June 1945, a C-47B, # 43-16195, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Troop Carrier Squadron, Warazup, Burma, departed the airfield at North Myitkyina, Burma, on a troop carrier mission to the airfield at Ledo, Assam, India. Last contact was by radio with Cpl. Norval G. Turner, 39205418. The C-47B was forced down and crashed at 0840 hours at North Myitkyina, Burma. Twenty-one servicemen assigned to 3303rd Quartermaster Truck Company (served as air supply droppers – “kickers” – with 1st Air Comando) and five servicemen with the 1352nd AAF Base Unit, were aboard. The crew and all passengers died in the crash. After recovery from the American military cemetery in India, the crew and some passenger remains (Applin, Arnett, Blackston, Brown, Chapman, Cofield, Combs, Ellis, Gibbs, Henderson, Hoelswitz, Johnson, Karnes, Larson, McDonald, Meade, Merrill, Mitchell, Perry, Shreve, Sorrell, Speroni, Tennyson, Tindal, Vincent & Visor) were buried in a group burial ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 March 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 983F, G & H).
His brother, Hillard C. Applin Jr., born 5 February 1924, served in the U.S. Navy, a Seaman 1st Class, # 9465988, from 14 November 1944 to 20 July 1946. He died on 3 September 1956 and is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan. He was aboard the U.S.S. LCI (G) – 234, Guam to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The LCI (G) – 234, a Landing Craft Infantry (no Gunboat designation), participated in the Sicilian occupation (9-14 July 1943), the Salerno landings (9-21 September 1943), west coast of Italy operations – Anzio-Nettuno advance landings (21, 22 January – 30 January to 4 February, 17 February, 1 March 1944) and the invasion of Southern France (15-31 August 1944). Designated a Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) on 15 July 1945. Was used in the Far East (24 October-12 November 1945), and China (13 December 1945 to 24 April 1946). It earned four battle stars.