42-101062       (MACR 14689)

 

On 30 June 1945, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-101062, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a transport mission to Chanyi, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was seen to crash at at 1825Z at Mohanbari, India. The crew were:

 

                                         Pilot                             2ndLt Edward F. Grove                      0-553332

                                         Co-Pilot                       F/O Paul E. Peek                                T-66265

                                         Radio Operator            Sgt George L. Penn                             31066619

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                   Grove              Mrs. Harold L. Jacobs, S, 509 W. Columbus Ave, Bellefontain, OH

                                   Peek                Anna Lee P. Peek, W, 2439 NW 30th St, Miami, FL

                                   Penn                Sophie Penn, M, 22 Clement St, New London, Conn.

GROVE, EDWARD FREDERICK, First Lieutenant, # 0-553332, USAAF

 

Edward F. Grove was born on 10 January 1921 in Logan Co., Ohio, to Walter Grove and Leafy (Gibbens) Grove. He was married to Beulah (Deming) Grove (1942 marriage).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, on 8 August 1945. On 27 May 1943 he arrived at Washington, D.C, by C-54 (# 41-120141) from Prestwyck, Scotland. On 30 June 1945, a C-46A, # 42-101062, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a transport mission to Chanyi, China. It was seen to crash at at 1825Z at Mohanbari, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

PEEK, PAUL EDWIN, Flight Officer, # T-66265, USAAF

 

Paul E. Peek was born on 26 March 1911 in Greenwood, Johnson Co., Indiana, to Harry Edwin Peek (1887-1967) and Ethel Leona (Snapp) Peek (1891-1958). A brother was Harry Preston Peek (1916-1990). His father was a carpenter in 1920 and a citrus orchard owner in 1930. He was married to Anna Lee Polk on 20 July 1940 in Martin, Florida.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, 337 N. 40th St., Miami, FL, employed by Pan American Airways, and described himself as 5’10”, 143 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He had a scar on his left leg above the knee. As an experienced and rated multi-engine pilot, he was appointed a Flight Officer and assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 June 1945, a C-46A, # 42-101062, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a transport mission to Chanyi, China. It was seen to crash at at 1825Z at Mohanbari, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter Co., Florida (Sec. MA, Site 43). He was awarded the Air Medal.