MCCARTY, JOHN DUVAL, Private First Class, # 39452062, USAAF
John D. McCarty was born on 4 April 1915 in Sandersville, Georgia, to George Skinner McCarty (1882-1942) and Marguerite (DePoumayear) McCarty (1885-1985) (married 7 February 1922, Pasquotank, North Carolina).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, a correspondence course student, resided at 534 E. Alder, Walla Walla, WA, and described himself as 5’8”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his scalp. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) of the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 October 1943 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 41-12307, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 377th Transport Squadron, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Yunnanyi, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chabua, India. The pilot, F.O. Marion C. Thomas, (promoted to First Lieutenant, 0-169668) survived the crash in the northern part of Burma at about 13,000’. The remainder of the crew did not survive. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His father, born 6 July 1882, served in the U.S. Army during WWI, Captain, 17th Engineers (Railway), from 12 May 1917 to 27 October 1920 (served overseas 28 July 1917 to 18 August 1919). He died 19 November 1942 and is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, Washington.