On 29 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-101119, assigned to 20th Air Force, 3rd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), Sookerating, India, departed the airfield at Chanyi, China, on a return cargo mission to Sookerating through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

 

His brother, Edward Goodman, born 20 June 1925, served in the U.S. Navy, # 8198297, from 17 September 1943 to 1 June 1946 (overseas 4 November 1945 to 25 May 1946).

BOWDOIN, EDGAR LEE, Corporal, #34511191, USAAF

 

Edgar L. Bowdoin was born on 12 September 1922 in Geneva Co., Alabama, to Robert Redmon Bowdoin (1898-1976) and Rosalie A. (Heath) Bowdoin (1899-1969) (married 4 December 1921, Coffeesprings, AL). Siblings were Eleanor Merle (Bowdoin) Mixson (1924-1990), Irma Louise (Bowdoin) Shirah (1927-    )

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided in rural Coffeesprings, Geneva Co., Alabama, and described himself as 5’10”, 145 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on 2 July 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-101119, assigned to 20th Air Force, 3rd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), Sookerating, India, departed the airfield at Chanyi, China, on a return cargo mission to Sookerating through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Curtiss C-46 Commando