41-38656 C-47

 

On 2 August 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Ferrying Group, 6th Ferrying Squadron, departed the airfield at Mohanhari, India, on a cargo mission across the Himalayan mountains (the Hump) to Kunming, China.  The crew, killed in the crash, was:

 

                                             Pilot                 FO William E. James               T-186708

                                             Co-Pilot           2ndLt Julius W. Dunn              0-432937

                                             Radio               Cpl William B. Malick             17024190

 

JAMES, WILLIAM E., Flight Officer, # T-186708, USAAF

 

William E. James was born on 17 September 1920 in Wooster, Wayne Co., Ohio, to Ernest Floy James (1896-1965) and Letha L. (Gaul) James (1900-1976). Siblings included Richard Henry James (1924-2015). Living with them in 1930 was a cousin, Earl Miller (1908-    ) (divorced).

 

He was appointed a Flight Officer in the USAAF and qualified to fly the C-47 Skytrain, multi-engine transport. He was sent overseas to India. On 2 August 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Ferrying Group, 6th Ferrying Squadron, departed the airfield at Mohanhari, India, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. The crew was killed when the C-47 crashed flying across the Himalayas (the Hump). After recovery from the American airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried with those of Cpl. Malick on 26 October 1949 in the Camp Butler National Cemetery (Sec. 3, Grave 304-H), Springfield, Illinois.

 

DUNN, JULIUS WILSON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-432937, USAAF

 

Julius W. Dunn was born on 20 October 1920 in Georgia to Roderick Monroe Dunn (1890-1950) and Mollie (Baxley) Ray nee Dunn (1900-1981) (married 24 November 1916, GA). Siblings included James Monroe Dunn (1917-1972), Joseph R. Dunn Jr. (1919-1961), Fannie Mae Dunn (1924-    ). His father was a commissioner for Appling Co., GA. Living with them in 1930 was maternal grandfather Wilson Julius Baxley (1868-1942) (widow of Mary Elnora (Carter) Baxley (1872-1922).

 

He entered the USAAF in February 1942. He completed flight schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings at Craig Field, Selma, Alabama. He was sent overseas to India. On 2 August 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Ferrying Group, 6th Ferrying Squadron, departed the airfield at Mohanhari, India, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. The crew was killed when the C-47 crashed flying across the Himalayas (the Hump). After recovery from the American airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the Omega Cemetery, Baxley, Appling Co., Georgia.