42-101074       C46

 

On 13 March 1945, a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 42-101074, assigned to 20th Air Force, 3rd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, at 0614 hours IST on a cargo mission (88MK soft-nosed high explosive shells) to Chanyi, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact by radio was at about 0834 hours. The crew were:

 

                                         Pilot                             Capt. William S. Jones Jr.                     0-794243

                                         Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Raymond S. Lewis                     0-832742

                                         Radio                           Cpl Donato M. Tricarico                     12034654

 

Cpl. Paul L. Anira, 37660974, reported that 074 got take-off instructions then he heard the C-46 call at check points 47, 225 and a final call when his position (C-46 # 745) was over check point 218. Weather was broken clouds up to 18,000’ and required part time IFR.

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                       Jones                Grace M Jones, M, 788 Union St, Gaffney, SC

                                       Lewis               Robert W Lewis, B, Box 373, Tupelo, Mississippi

                                       Tricarico          Mrs. Solomon Z. Nieman, S, 191 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ

JONES, WILLIAM SAMUEL, JR., Captain, # 0-792243, USAAF

 

William S. Jones Jr. was born on 11 February 1918 in South Carolina to William Samuel Jones (1891-1942) and Grace Elizabeth (Mosley) Jones (1983-1990). Siblings included Sara Elizabeth Jones (1914-2003) and Charles Earle Jones (1930-1940).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Charlotte, North Carolina, on 16 January 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 March 1945, a C-46, # 42-101074, assigned to 20th Air Force, 3rd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, at 0614 hours IST on a cargo mission (88MK soft-nosed high explosive shells) to Chanyi, China. Last contact by radio was at about 0834 hours. Cpl. Paul L. Anira, 37660974, reported that 074 got take-off instructions then he heard the C-46 call at check points 47, 225 and a final call when his position (C-46 # 745) was over check point 218. Weather was broken clouds up to 18,000’ and required part time IFR. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the American Manila Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, and a marker was placed in the Oakland Cemetery, Gaffney, Cherokee Co., South Carolina. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.