41-8573           C47

 

On 8 June 1944, C-47, # 41-8573, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, departed Sookerating, India, for Myitkyina, Burma, on an air supply mission. It was last contacted by radio with SSgt John L. Fries, located at the airfield at Sookerating. The crew were:

 

                                                     Pilot                             1stLt Donald W. Boyd                         0-666129

                                                     Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Clayton C. Giddings                 0-740400

                                                     Radio Operator            SSgt John T. Huber                             13123996

 

Searches produced no results and no eye witnesses were located. Next-of-kin listed were:

 

                                                     Boyd                Mrs Mary Ann Boyd, wife, 2211 Holmes St, Dallas, TX

                                                    Giddings          Mr Milton H Giddings, father, Park Fire Stn, Parkrose Dist., Portland, OR

                                                                             Mrs Irene Giddings, wife, 1214 E. Willetta, Phoenix, AZ

                                                    Huber              Mrs Katherine V. Huber, 1712 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ

BOYD, DONALD WILLFRED, First Lieutenant (promoted to Captain), # 0-666129, USAAF

 

Donald W. Boyd was born on 22 October 1919 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, to John Wellington Boyd (1885-1962) and Mary Etta (Duncan) Boyd (1894-1971). Siblings included Harry Daniel Boyd (1915-2005), Richard Orville Boyd (1917-2009), and Mary Nell (Boyd) Gronemeyer nee Vernon (1921-1997). He married Mary Ann Shumway (1921-1989), who in 1942 lived at 2211 Holmes St., Dallas, Texas.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Dallas, Texas, on 26 February 1942. He completed flight training and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 June 1944, C-47, # 41-8573, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, departed Sookerating, India, for Myitkyina, Burma, on an air supply mission. The C-47 crashed. His remains were recovered from the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and were buried in Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.

GIDDINGS, CLAYTON CHARLES, Second Lieutenant, # 0-740400, USAAF

 

Clayton C. Giddings was born 10 February 1921 in Oregon to Milton Herbert Giddings (1891-1946) (OR) and Dorothy M. (Schrick) Giddings (1893-1943) (Mich.). Siblings included Edward M. Giddings (1916-1944), Hazel Dorothy (Giddings) Sweek (1917-1979), and Florence J. Giddings (1923-    ). In 1930 his father was a USPS mail carrier. On 10 March 1943, while in Maricopa County, Arizona, for flight training, he married Irene Julia Parks. He had a daughter, Julia Giddings (1944-2004).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Oregon on 7 April 1942. He completed flight training and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India.