FLOYD, ALVA HARDIE, Staff Sergeant, # 3466636,

 

Alva H. Floyd was born on 26 February 1924 in Green Sea, South Carolina, to Samuel Walker Floyd (1886-1962) and Bessie (Phillips) Floyd (1890-1950). Siblings included Odessa (Floyd) Usher (1918-1999), Lila Floyd (1920-1925), Ruby Lee (Floyd) Spivey (1922-2013), Madalene (Floyd) Horton (1926-2016), Malcolm R. Floyd (1928-2000), Josephine (Floyd) Lane (1930-    ), and Carolyn (Floyd) Ayers (1937-2013).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 in Columbus Co., North Carolina, and described himself as 5’11 ½”, 194 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on 11 February 1943. He completed training and 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. 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).

 

His brother Malcolm Floyd, born 26 May 1928, served in the U.S. Navy from 4 October 1945 to 28 February 1949 then reenlisted on 1 March 1949 to honorable discharge 31 March 1954. He died 12 December 2000 and is buried in the Chadbourn Cemetery, Chadbourn, North Carolina.

MCDONOUGH, JOHN FRANCIS, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-810910, USAAF

 

John F. McDonough, Jr., was born on 1 October 1923 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, to John F. McDonough (1893-1964) and Josephine (Parasky) McDonough (1898-1974). Two sisters were Joy Ann McDonough (1925-1998) and June Rita McDonough (1934-1998). He was married to Mary Agatha (Finnegan) McDonough. He completed two years of college.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 2 November 1942. After training as a B-25 Mitchell pilot, he earned his commission and pilot wings and he was sent overseas on 24 February 1944 to 14th Air Force in China. 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, returning home after completing his tour of combat duty. 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).