He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, living in Mead, Nebraska, working for the Fremont Daily Tribune. He described himself as 5’9”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction schools through advanced training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was multi-engine rated. He arrived in India for duty in December 1942 and had accumulated more than 1,000 hours of combat missions when he was killed. On 18 January 1944, a C-47, 41-19476, assigned 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed Dinjan, India, on food packet drop mission to Burma. It was last seen at about 1137 hours, downed by enemy fighters. All aboard were killed in action. After recovery, the remains of the veterans of two of the C-47 crashes (Baumann, Downey, Feldman, Fitzpatrick, Homschek, Gallovich, Israel, Larson, Meehan, Meyer, Morgan, Morris, Proctor, Riley, & Seymour) were indistinguishable and were buried in a group burial cemetery in one casket in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, on 8 June 1950 (Sec. E, Grave 407). He had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. The family placed a memorial marker in the Alma Cemetery, Mead, Saunders Co., Nebraska.
MORRIS, JESSE DANIEL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-684535, USAAF
Jesse D. Morris was born 8 June 1921 in Storm King, Perry County, Kentucky, to Roy Morris (1878-1928) and Sarah Elizabeth (Meadows) Morris (1897-1923). Siblings included James Earl Morris (1917-1998), Kendric Marion Morris (1919-1991) and May Morris (1923-1923).
He registered for the WW II draft in 1942, living in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He described himself as 5’8”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Erie, Pennsylvania on 10 April 1942. On 18 January 1944, a C-47A troop carrier, 41-19476, assigned to the 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, departed Dinjan, India, on a food packet drop mission to Burma. It was last contacted by radio. It was shot down by enemy fighters in Burma. All aboard were killed in action. Graves Registration recovered mixed remains of the named servicemen and returned the remains to the U.S. for burial. On 8 June 1950, a single casket group burial of several remains is at Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, Section E, Site 407.