"Shorty" WWII Philippines
The first is a request.The second part is information that may or may not mean anything or perhaps encourage those who have not had closure to keep going and don't just accept a paper that may or may not be accurate.
1.My brother. George L. Winkler (aka Rip or Wink)kept a journal of his service during WWII.In it he talks of his best friend, "Shorty." The last name is never mentioned. I know "Shorty" was from KY and his mother owned a cafe or small restaurant and his father owned a cemetery. Where in KY is unknown. "Shorty" was killed probably in late November 1944. Rip was in another plane and saw the crash.
My hope is of course that someone on the site will know of this.
2. In April 1945 Rip went missing. In 1946 declared KIA.1947 some remains...unidentifiable, recovered and buried twice..Leyte then Manila.In 1949 the "remains" or whatever of the crew were sent to Jefferson Barracks St Louis. Case closed??Nope.Through my 40 years of searching for the truth I found two searches in 1951 and another in 1953 of their crash site.More remains found each time. Now those remains are unaccounted for.
Both men were in the 13th Air Force 100th Squadron 42nd Group stationed in the Philippines.At one time detached to the 5th Air Force, 822nd group
"MUST NEVER FORGET"