MALLETT, JOHN SIDNEY, First Lieutenant, # 0-666409, USAAF

 

John S. Mallett was born 1915 in Alabama to Harry Herbert Mallett (1875-1943) and Jeanette C. (Holt) Mallett  (married 25 April 1906, Fulton Co., GA). Siblings included Harry Herbert Mallett Jr. (1908-1973) and Graham Holt Mallet (1910-1980).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Houston, Texas, as an aviation cadet, on 29 January 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 14th Air Force, China. On 8 May 1944 a C-47, # 19468, assigned to 14th Air Force, 14th Transport Section, 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a combat cargo mission. He was the co-pilot. It crashed 33 miles West of Keking, China at about 0045 Zulu. After recovery of the indistinguishable remains of the crew from the crash site and then recovery from India, the crew was buried in a group (Edgar, Hofford, Hurst, Magruder, Mallett, Monrose, & Mount) burial ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 1 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 73, 73A).

HOFFORD, ROGER A., First Lieutenant, # 0-900120, USAAF

 

Roger A. Hofford was born in 1920 in New York to Webster J. Hofford (1888-    ) (PA) and Elizabeth VanHorn (Johnson) Hofford. Siblings included Donald Everett Hofford (1924-1965).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Newark, New Jersey, on 12 March 1942. He completed training as a navigator on the Douglas C-47 Skytrain and earned his commission and crewman wings. He was sent overseas to China. On 8 May 1944 a C-47, # 19468, assigned to 14th Air Force, 14th Transport Section, 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a combat cargo mission. He was the navigator. It crashed 33 miles West of Keking, China at about 0045 Zulu. After recovery of the indistinguishable remains of the crew from the crash site and then recovery from India, the crew was buried in a group (Edgar, Hofford, Hurst, Magruder, Mallett, Monrose, & Mount) burial ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 1 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 73, 73A).

 

His brother, Donald E. Hofford, born 13 September 1924, served in WWII and Korea. He died on 14 August 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia, and was buried in the Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, VA.

MAGRUDER, EVARD LYNN, JR., Sergeant, # 17033330, USAAF

 

Evard L. Magruder Jr. was born in 1921 to Evard L. Magruder (1886-1937) (W.VA.) and Mable Maxene  Magruder (1899-    ) (IA) (married 22 July 1916, Delmar Junction, Clinton Co., IA). Theodore Magruder (1918-    ) and David Landis Magruder (1922-1993). His father was a lawyer.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, on 23 December 1941. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to China. On 8 May 1944 a C-47, # 19468, assigned to 14th Air Force, 14th Transport Section, 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a combat cargo mission. He was the radio operator. It crashed 33 miles West of Keking, China at about 0045 Zulu.