MADDOX, ROBERT HERBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-771073, USAAF

 

Robert H. Maddox was born on 27 February 1917 in Conway, Faulkner Co., Arkansas, to Richard Herbert Maddox (1887-1976) and Mary E. (McCulland) Maddox (1889-1969) (married 15 November 1911, Conway, Arkansas). From 1920 through 1940 his father was a bank cashier. He was married to Thelma (Ray) Maddox on 16 October 1937 in Conway, Arkansas.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF he completed flight instruction, was multi-engine rated, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E). A memorial marker was placed in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Conway, Arkansas.

BECK, BUSTER, Corporal, # 13807722, U.S. Army

 

Buster Beck was born on 18 August 1919 in DeQueen, Arkansas, to Johnson McGary Beck (1896-1983) (TX) and Ida Cordelia “Cardie” (Huckabay) Beck (1895-1984) (TX). Siblings included Jim Bob Beck (1917-1984) (TX), Billie Joe Beck (1925-     ) (TX), Charles Euland Beck (1929-2013) (TX). In 1940 his father was an automobile mechanic.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 5’11”, 150 lbs, with blond hair and brown eyes. He enlisted at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, on 6 December 1941 in the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps and was transferred to artillery service overseas in India. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).

 

A brother, Jim Bob Beck, born 10 April 1917, served in the U.S. Army from 14 June 1940 to 23 September 1945. He died 9 September 1984 in San Antonio, Texas, and is buried in the East Memorial Cemetery, Stephenville, Erath Co., Texas.