42-106513       P51

 

On 16 May 1944, a flight of P-51 Mustangs, including P-51B-10, # 42-106513, assigned to 10th Air Force, 530th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, 529th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, to fly defense patrol in the Myitkyina area. Visbility was zero. The ceiling was zero. There was heavy rain and fog. The missing P-51 was last seen 8 to 10 miles north of Shingbwiyang, Burma. It was last seen by F/O Hoyt M. Hensley, T-60979, making a wing over into the clouds. The pilot was 1stLt Cecil (NMI) Blow, 0-736958. When the weather cleared a parachute was seen in the general vicinity where Lt. Blow was lost.

 

BLOW, CECIL, First Lieutenant, # 736959, USAAF

 

Cecil Blow was born 29 December 1916 in Siluria, Alabama, to James Robert “Jim” Blow (1885-1963) and Willie Joanne (Tyler) Blow (1889-1981). Siblings included Luther Harrison Blow (1908-1963), Arthur Blow (1909-1910), Rosa “Rosie” Lee Blow (1913-1936), John Tyler Blow (1913-1980), Oscar Kilby Blow (1919-2010), and Lois Hillman (Blow) Cruze (1923-2014). On 23 May 1941, he married Mary (Tucker) nee Finch in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 while living in Verbena, Chilton, Alabama, and described himself as 6’, 150 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted (service # 19081750) in the USAAF on 26 March 1942, in Los Angeles, California. He received extensive training as a fighter pilot and was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 16 May 1944, a flight of P-51 Mustangs, including P-51B-10, # 42-106513, assigned to 10th Air Force, 5320th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, 529th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, to fly defense patrol in the Myitkyina area. Visbility was zero. The ceiling was zero. There was heavy rain and fog. The missing P-51 was last seen 8 to 10 miles north of Shingbwiyang, Burma. It was last seen by F/O Hoyt M. Hensley, T-60979, making a wing over into the clouds. When the weather cleared a parachute was seen in the general vicinity where Lt. Blow was lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Oscar K. Blow, born 27 April 1919, served in the U.S. Army, rank – Private, from 24 August 1939 through 5 November 1945.