BOX, PAUL L., Sergeant, # 18053814, USAAF

 

Paul L. Box was born on 11 November 1915 in Sentinel, Washita Co., Oklahoma, to Linah Wilbur Box (1890-1981) and Edna (Glasscock) Box (1894-1967) (KY).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 209 N. 8th St., Cleveland, Pawnee Co., OK, unemployed, and described himself as 6’, 155 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 18 December 1941. He was trained to maintain and repair the mechanical systems of the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 October 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38702, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Troop Transport Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma and crashed into a mountainside. All aboard were killed. The last to have radio contact was SSgt Ison (NMI) Olant, 32323214. USAAF Capt. Ferie A. Larson, Operations Officer, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, reported that he flew a search sortie and found “it crashed and burning about 200 yards below target # 3 at 95° 50’ East, 27° 05’ North. Observation revealed a mechanical failure caused a forced landing in the wash just under the target, which has vicious down-drafts. There were no survivors. An investigation by ground was requested. Fire consumed all but the wing tips and the tail. Adjutant Capt. Coy T. Sevier wrote that the transport approached due West following the valley into the field and began to climb but an engine failed. The pilot banked left sharply to his left. The left wing hit trees which caused the C-47 to swing and fall into the jungle. An observer noticed an engine burst on several seconds before the crash. A ground team reached the crash site but could do little because of intense heat from burning gas. No survivors were found. Eight bodies were found in the wreckage but were unidentifiable. The bodies were buried at the crash site and marked. After recovery from Burma, crew remains were buried (Box, Haut, Montisano, Phillips, and Rigney) in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky on 8 November 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 195-196).

HAUT, WALTER, Staff Sergeant, # 12137086, USAAF

 

Walter Haut was born in Newark, Essex Co., New Jersey, in 1918 to Samuel Haut (1888 or 1890-    ) (Austria – immigrated 1905) and Frieda (Marger) Haut (Apr., 1892-    ) (Austria – immigrated 1898) (married 1912, NJ). Sibling was Rosalind Haut (1915-    ) (NJ). A 1937 Newark, NJ, directory shows Samuel Haut residing at 357 Springfield Ave. A 1941 Newark, NJ, directory shows Frieda Haut (widowed) with a residence of 272 Seymour Ave., Newark, NJ. Rosalind is an artist. His mother recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Newark, New Jersey, on 14 September 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 October 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38702, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Troop Transport Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma and crashed into a mountainside. All aboard were killed. The last to have radio contact was SSgt Ison (NMI) Olant, 32323214. USAAF Capt. Ferie A. Larson, Operations Officer, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, reported that he flew a search sortie and found “it crashed and burning about 200 yards below target # 3 at 95° 50’ East, 27° 05’ North. Observation revealed a mechanical failure caused a forced landing in the wash just under the target, which has vicious down-