LINCOLN, JOHN “JACK” MORTON, Staff Sergeant, # 18134704, USAAF

 

John M. Lincoln was born on 28 August 1912 in Arkansas to George Morton Lincoln (1861-1940) (MO) and Emma Lyle Lincoln (1874-1968) (MO) (married 31 March 1908, Bentonville, Benton Co., AR). Siblings included Nellie Pryor Lincoln (1909-1913), George Lyle Lincoln (1910-1970), Charles “Charlie” Gatewood Lincoln (1914-1983), Thomas “Tom” Lincoln ( (1915-    ). His maternal grandmother, Mattie Grant Lyle (1840-1922) lived with them in 1920. He was married to Mary Evelyn Cate (1910-1998) on 18 September 1938 in Washington Co., Arkansas.

 

After enlisting, he was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts (engineer) of the C-46 and earned his crewman 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, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 24 January 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 290).

Joseph T. & Anna M. Mahon

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