MEADERS, MARION LELAND, Flight Officer, # T-60177, USAAF

 

Marion L. Meaders was born on 7 November 1920 in Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi, to Orbie Lee Meaders (1892-1951) (GA) and Mary Margaret (Land) Meaders (1896-1968) (MS) . Siblings were Aubrey Lee Meaders (1917-1985), Lonnie Sanford Meaders (1923-1999), Charles E. Meaders (1927-2008), and John Darling Meaders (1929-2003). He attended East Central Junior College, Decatur.

 

He first enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard and was activated on 25 November 1940. He was transferred to the USAAF, completed flight schools and was appointed a Flight Officer in December 1942. He earned his pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 August 1943 a C-47, # 41-18543, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 6th Transport Squadron, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield at Calcutta, India, on a cargo mission to Tezpur, India. The C-47 crashed. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi.

 

His brother, Lonnie S. Meaders, born 29 December 1923, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant, during WWII from 19 June 1943. He died 22 July 1999 and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi.

 

His brother, Charles E. Meaders, born 7 July 1927, served in the U.S. Army from 14 September 1950 to 6 November 1950. He died 4 April 2008 and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi.

LOCKE, CHARLES WILLIAM, Private First Class, # 18128610, USAAF

 

Charles W. Locke was born on 11 February 1915 in Orland, California, to Horace Locke (1888-1974) and Mary Priscilla (Hodges) Locke (1888-1974) (enrolled in the Choctaw Indian Tribe, OK) (married 3 July 1904, Atoka, OK). Siblings were Horace Haywood Locke (1906-1992), and Victor Hodges Locke (1916-1981). Living with them in 1930 was a sister-in-law, Aseneth Louise (Griffith) Locke (1906-1982) (PA) (wife of Horace H. Locke), a nephew, Donald K. Locke (1928-2007), and  two aunts: Anona Katherine (Grifftih) Wells (1912-2006) and Betty Lou Griffith (1920-    ). He attended the Oklahoma Military Academy (1st Lieutenant, Saber Society) He was married to Elizabeth (Lynch) Riley nee Locke (1913-1987) and they had a son, Charles William “Billy” Locke Jr. (1937-2007).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 2 January 1943, employed by the Oklahoma State Teachers College, resided at 109 S. Mississippi Ave., Atoka, Atoka Co., Oklahoma, and described himself as 5’ 11 ½”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 August 1943 a C-47, # 41-18543, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 6th Transport Squadron, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield at Calcutta, India, on a cargo mission to Tezpur, India. The C-47 crashed. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the Westview Cemetery, Atoka, Oklahoma.