LOUCKS, CHARLES WARREN, Captain, # 0-803029

 

Charles W. Loucks was born on 11 October 1923 in Hutchinson, Reno Co., Kansas, to Harry Dayton Loucks (1901-1980) and Mary Elizabeth (Wilson) Loucks (1905-1993). Siblings included Harry D. Loucks Jr. (1922-1986), Elizabeth Darlene (Loucks) Hunter (1925-    ), Carmel Jean Loucks (1932-    ), Nancy Mae Loucks (1933-1948).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Florida. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. He was a passenger on board. His remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 8 December 1949 (Sec. P, Grave 730).

MOORE, EDWARD RICHARD, Captain, # 0-680577, USAAF

 

Edward R. Moore was born on 4 December 1918 in Franklin, Portage Co., Ohio, to Charles J. Moore (1874-1956) and Margaret A. (Bates) Moore (1879-1963). Siblings included Margaret Moore, Charles Glenn Moore (1901-1967), John Francis Moore (1906-1973), and Irene V. Moore (1909-    ). On 29 May 1943 he married Janet Eileen (Caldwell) Campbell in Columbiana, Ohio. They had a daughter. He attended Kent State University.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Cleveland, Ohio, on 31 March 1942. He completed flight instruction schools, was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. He was a passenger on board. His remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. B, Grave 350). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.