41-18546         C-47

 

On 7 October 1944, a C-47, # 41-18546, assigned to 14th Air Force, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo mission with passengers (manifest not with MACR on fold3.com) to Chengtu, China. It was last contacted by radio by the Kunming air traffic control and ordered to return to Kunming because of an enemy air raid. It crashed and the crew was killed. The crew was:

                                          Pilot                             1stLt Godhelp Signey Davidson          0-792809

                                          Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Wallace Wayne Lake                 0-2081825

                                          Radio Operator            SSgt Frank Heath Yeoman                  14041999

The next-of-kin listed included:

                                        Davidson         Louis Davidson, F, 415 S. 3rd St., Colwyn, Delaware Co., PA

                                        Lake                Frank M. Lake, F, Hebron, Thayer Co., NE

                                        Yeoman           Kathryn S. Yeoman, W, 527 Flint Ave., Albany, Dougherty Co., GA

DAVIDSON, GODHELP SIDNEY, First Lieutenant, # 0-792809, USAAF

 

Godhelp S. Davidson was born on 20 August 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Louis Davidson (1885-    ) and Golda “Goldie” (Kurnick) Davidson (1884-1941). Siblings included Eva (Davidson) Levy (1910-    ) and Harry Davidson (1912-    ). He graduated from the Overbrook High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman.

 

He registered for WW II draft 16 Oct 1940, resided at 1700 S. 60th St., Philadelphia, PA, employed by LeRoy Court Apartments, and described himself as 5’6 ½”, 126 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 19 January 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings and was sent overseas through India to China in April 1943. On 7 October 1944, a C-47, # 41-18546, assigned to 14th Air Force, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo mission with passengers (manifest not with MACR on fold3.com) to Chengtu, China. It was last contacted by radio by the Kunming air traffic control and ordered to return to Kunming because of an enemy air raid. It crashed and the crew was killed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Roosevelt Cemetery, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania (Sec. I, Grave 474).

LAKE, WALLACE WAYNE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-792809, USAAF

 

Wallace W. Lake was born on 18 February 1921 in Mullen, Hooker Co., Nebraska, to Frank Martin Lake (18850-1976) and Nell Pauline (Corliss) Lake (1886-1969). Siblings included Mirza Joseph Lake (1911-1997) and Harold Eugene Lake (1913-1998).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, resided in rural Hebron, NE, a student in Hastings College, Ringland Hall, Hastings, Adam Co., NE, and described himself as 5’9”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He attended the Civil Aeronautics School, Hebron, NE, and learned at the Beebe Airport. He enlisted in the USAAF on 20 February 1943.  He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings and was sent overseas through India to China, assigned 1340th AAF Base Unit.