HENLEY, CHARLES H., JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-670905, USAAF

 

Charles H. Henley Jr. was born on 10 June 1921 in Tennessee to Charles H. Henley (1903-1984) and Alice (Renfro) Henley (1903-1983). Siblings included Cecil M. Henley (1923-2006), James Lawrence Henley (1923-2006), Samuel J. Henley (1926-2002), Luther G. Henley (1928-    ). He was married to Ruby M. Henley of 2733 Louise Ave., Knoxville, TN.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Knoxville, Tennessee, on 1 April 1942. He completed pilot training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 February 1945 a B-24D (C-87 Express Liberator), # 41-24183, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a return from a cargo mission to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed in China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee.

His brother, Cecil M. Henley, born 7 February 1923, served during WWII. He died on 13 February 2006 in Tullahoma, Coffee Co., TN, and is buried in the Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester, Franklin Co., Tennessee.

 

His brother, Samuel J. Henley, born 11 February 1926, served in the U.S. Navy from 1 July 1944 to 14 May 1946. He died 15 May 2002 in Knoxville, TN.

COSTELL, WILLIAM M., Technical Sergeant, # 6978434, USAAF

 

Born in 1916 in New Jersey to John Costell (1877-    ) (NJ) and Rose Helen (Meyers) Costell (1892-    ) (NJ), he had siblings: Joseph M. Costell (1914-    ), John Long Costell Jr. (1920-1993) and Rose Helen Costell (1917-    ) , and George Costell (1923-    ). They lived in Wildwood, Cape May Co., New Jersey. His parents married 28 May 1912 in Delaware.

 

William M. Costell was serving in the USAAF at Mitchell Field, Hempstead Co., New York, in 1940. He was trained to repair and maintain the mechanical systems of the B-24 Express Liberator. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 February 1945 a B-24D (C-87 Express Liberator), # 41-24183, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a return from a cargo mission to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed in China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.