Aaltonen, Kullervo Tavno, TSgt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Primary Unit
1943-1943, M 0737, 6th Transportation Squadron
Service Years
1940 - 1943
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Negaunee, MI; also lived in MA & DC
Last Address
Mohanbari, Assam, India

Casualty Date
Aug 07, 1943
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
India
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen1


 Ribbon Bar


Flight Engineer Badge


 
 Unit Assignments
Air Transport Command (ATC)US Air Force
  1942-1943, Air Transport Command (ATC)
  1943-1943, M 0737, 6th Transportation Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-46 Commando  
  1943-1943, C-46 Commando
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Aaltonen was the flight engineer on C-46 #41-5204, assigned to the Air Transport Command, 1st Transport Group, 6th Transport Squadron. They were carrying cargo from Mohanbari, Assam, India to Yang Kai China. The plane had engine problems and went down in Chirdwin Valley India, killing the six men aboard.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56758537/kullervo-t-aaltonen
His remains were not recovered. He is memorialized in Manila and also on the Monument to Aviation Martyrs Nanjing Memorial in Nanjing, China.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:
Technical Sergeant Kullervo T. Aaltonen, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for conspicuous gallantry in action against an opposing armed force while serving with the 6th Squadron, 1st Transport Group, Tenth Air Force during World War II.
   
Comments/Citation
Sources:

https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=Kullervo+T.+Aaltonen&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=660232



https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-curtiss-c-46a-1-cu-commando-chirdwin-valley-6-killed 



https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56758537/kullervo-t-aaltonen



https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148818755/kullervo-t-aaltonen



https://www.abmc.gov/node/550561#.W5bo6y3GxOI



https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/45000 



https://www.ancestry.com


   
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