PAXTON, JOSEPH G., Captain, # 0-409025, USAAAF

 

Joseph G. Paxton was born on 14 November 1919 in Wisconsin to Joseph Francis Paxton (1896-1985) and Agnes O. (Bykowsky) Paxton (1896-1982). A sister was Jean (Paxton) Hienton (1922-2016).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced flight schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 September 1944, a C-46A, # 42-107329, “Ridge Runner,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), at Kalaikunda, India, departed the airfield at Changtu, China, for the airfield at Hsian, China. Last contact was by radio at 1545Z, SW of Shunhwa, China, after which it crashed into a mountain 40 miles north of Hsian, China, possibly due to map error(s) and poor weather. After recovery, remains were buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California (Sec. G, Grave 2080B).

 

His father, born 27 December 1896, served in WW I in the U.S. Army, a Private. He died in 1985 and he and Agnes are buried together in the Golden gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, next to his son.

O’NEILL, JAMES D., Second Lieutenant, # 0-1288107, USAAF

 

Inadequate data is available to honor this veteran properly. Help would be appreciated. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced flight schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 September 1944, a C-46A, # 42-107329, “Ridge Runner,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), at Kalaikunda, India, departed the airfield at Changtu, China, for the airfield at Hsian, China. Last contact was by radio at 1545Z, SW of Shunhwa, China, after which it crashed into a mountain 40 miles north of Hsian, China, possibly due to map error(s) and poor weather. It appears his remains are buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York.

MAHON, JOSEPH THOMAS, Staff Sergeant, # 33351167, USAAF

 

Joseph T. Mahon was born on 8 July 1920 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Bartly “Bert” Joseph Mahon (1893-1950) and Margaret L. (Wagner) Mahon (1896-    ). Siblngs included Mary Mildred (Mahon) Jones (1918-1984), Margaret Mahon (1923-2004).  Living with them in 1930 was his paternal uncle, Thomas J. Mahon (1891-1956) (widowed – Kathryn (Keegan) Mahon). He married Anna Mae Mession on 17 July 1943 in Dearborn, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, employed by Williams Bakery, residing at 340 Railroad Ave., Scranton, PA, and described himself as 6’3”, 12 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on 26 August 1942. he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India in November 1943. On 29 September 1944, a C-46A, # 42-107329, “Ridge Runner,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), at Kalaikunda, India, departed the airfield at Changtu, China, for the airfield at Hsian, China. Last contact was by radio at 1545Z, SW of Shunhwa, China, after which it crashed into a mountain 40 miles north of Hsian, China, possibly due to map error(s) and poor weather. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Pennsylvania.