42-107383       C46

 

On 25 September 1944 a C-46A Commando, # 42-107383, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkang, China, on a transport mission returning to Mohanbari through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed enroute and the crew killed.

The crew was:

                                              Pilot                             2ndLt Alonzo H. Ridgell                     0-675119

                                              Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Donald E. Wilt                          0-768783

                                              Radio Operator            Cpl Guy J. Dillon                                35371225

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                             Ridgell             Elinor S. Ridgell, W, Box 113, Waldo, FL

                                             Wilt                 Elmer R. Wilt, F, 782 Aplin Beach, Ray City, Mich.

                                             Dillon              Elsie M. Dillon, M, 1002 Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN

RIDGELL, ALONZO HENRY, Second Lieutenant. # 0-675119, USAAF

 

Alonzo H. Ridgell was born on 17 January 1923 in Sumter, South Carolina, to James McLaurin Ridgell (1887-1955) and Dollye E. (Jackson) Ridgell (1895-1876). Siblings included Elizabeth Wilder Ridgell (1915-2000), James McLaurin Ridgell Jr. (1917-2007) (children of Susan R. (Wilder) Ridgell (1890-1919), Dolores Ridgell (1920-2007), Edna Earle Ridgell (1927-2010), Cameron Heyward Ridgell (1932-1962), and another brother. He married Elinor Sparkman (1922-2008) on 23 March 1943 in Duval Co., Florida.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 30 December 1941 in Jacksonville, Florida. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools, was multi-engine rated, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India, assigned to fly the C-46 Commando. On 25 September 1944 a C-46A Commando, # 42-107383, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkang, China, on a transport mission returning to Mohanbari 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 is honored and remembered by his community. A memorial marker was placed in the Arlington National Cemetery (Sec. H).