42-105259       P40

 

HUNT, JOHN HOWARD, Captain, # 0-429047, USAAF

 

John H. Hunt was born 23 November, 1919 and lived in Hamilton County, Illinois, to Martin Luther Hunt (1889-1982) and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hunt (1894-1971). A brother was Martin Luther Hunt Jr. (1917-1992). On 2 November 1941, he married Sally Kannady (Hood) Hunt (1919-1953) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. His wife died 7 December 1953. He married a second time to Angela Nelda Wilson on 23 December 1954 in Mcleansboro, Illinois. He and Sally had a son and a daughter. He and Angela had a daughter and two sons. One son is John Howard Hunt Jr. Lt.Col. Hunt died 13 February 1987 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., Maryland. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, section 65, grave 1795, with Angela beside him. The 1900 census for Beaver Creek, Hamilton County, Illinois, shows his grandfather, Iradell Wright Hunt (1852-1938), his wife, Susan (McColgan) Hunt (1867-1943), Martin Luther Hunt, a teacher (1889-1982), Ivy Hunt (1890-    ), Mary E. Hunt (1899-    ); GGM Mother-in-law Mary McColgan (1826-    ) and GG Uncle brother-in-law James Metcalf (1841-    ). The 1910 census (Beaver Creek, IL) shows I. W. Hunt (1852-1938), Susan (McColgan) Hunt (1867-1943), Marin Luther Hunt, a teacher, Ivy Hunt (1890-    ), and Cora (Hunt) McIntosh (1901-    ). The 1920 census for Dahlgren, Hamilton County, Illinois, shows Martin Luther Hunt (1889-1982), Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mae (Malone) Hunt (1894-1971), Martin Luther Jr. (1917-1992), John Howard Hunt (1919-1987). The 1930 census for Mcleansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, shows Martin Luther Hunt (1889-1982), Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hunt (1894-1971), Martin Luther Hunt Jr. (1917-1992), John Howard Hunt (1919-1987). The 1940 census (Mcleansboro) shows Martin Luther Hunt (1889-1982) Superintendent of Schools, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hunt (1894-1971), Martin Luther Hunt Jr. (1917-1992), daughter-in-law June Hunt (1921-    ), John Howard Hunt (1919-1987), in his third year of college.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in East St. Louis, Illinois, on 17 March 1941, with three years of college, as an aviation cadet. On 22 December 1943, at about 1250 hours, Capt. John H. Hunt, assigned to the 88th Fighter Squadron, the 80th Fighter Group, took off from Mokalbari, India, flying a P-40N-5to fly to Hopin, Pinbe, Lonton, Lokin, Burma, as top cover. His fighter was last seen near Lapyep Ga, Burma. It was seen to crash and the cause appeared to be engine failure. The witness was 2ndLt Joseph J. McGowan, 0-799221. Captain Robert J. Becker flew a search for Capt. Hunt on 23 Dec.,1943, in a B-25 of the ATC Rescue Squadron at Chabua, India. The B-25 pilots were 1stLt Powell and 1stLt Carter. 2ndLt McGowan, who saw Capt. Hunt bail out, and saw the fighter crash, directed the search. They arrived in the area at about 1445 hours and searched until 1620 hours. We were unable to find the crash, a parachute, or Capt. Hunt. The jungle is as thick or thicker than anyplace in northeast Burma. Giant ferns often top the trees. No trails were visible and only one stream was seen. There was one small open spot but we could not see the ground. The rescue plane is going out again on 25 Dec., 1943. He was captured an imprisoned by the Japanese in the Moulmein and the Rangoon prisons. He was liberated 2 May 1945 and transported to India for medical care. He retired from the U.S. Air Force a Lieutenant Colonel and lived in Monkton, Maryland.