OWENS, JAMES J., JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-795442, USAAF

 

James J. Owens, Jr., was born on 28 February 1920 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts, to James J. Owens (1880-1939) and Mary Jane (Pettingell) Owens (1881-1954) (married 12 October 1904, Haverhill, MA). His father was a box manufacturer in 1930. He was married to Margaret A. Costello (1919-1988) and then had a relationship with Jeanne Althea Dodge (1922-2012) in California. He has one child with each. Living with the family in 1920 were two paternal uncles and his maternal grandmother: Frank Joseph Owens (1888-    ), William W. Owens (1889-    ) (both of whom worked in the box factory)and Mary Margaret (McGrath) Pettingell (1856-1927) (widowed) – spouse Willian Johnson Pettingell (1856-1899).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Manchester, New Hampshire, on 19 January 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 February 1945 a C-109 (B-24 variant for fuel cargo), # 42-32000, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, for a cargo mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at 1228 Zulu at Gologhat. The wreckage of the C-109 was found at Chungi, Naga Hills, Assam, India, on 4 March 1945. The bodies of the pilot and co-pilot were found at the site of the wreckage and the other crewmen were found. Research produced no information on burial.

METZLER, JACOB, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 35276942, USAAF

 

Jacob Metzler was born in 1918 in Ohio to Jacob “Jack” Metzler (1895-    ) (Yugoslavia - naturalized) and Katherine “Katie” (Bastian) Metzler (1898-1924) (Yugoslavia). Sibling Harry James Metzler (1922-1984) (OH).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 21 February 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 February 1945 a C-109 (B-24 variant for fuel cargo), # 42-32000, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, for a cargo mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at 1228 Zulu at Gologhat. The wreckage of the C-109 was found at Chungi, Naga Hills, Assam, India, on 4 March 1945. The bodies of the pilot and co-pilot were found at the site of the wreckage and the other crewmen were found. Research produced no information on burial.

 

His brother, Harry J. Metzler, born 12 December 1922, served in the U.S. Army from 15 February 1943 to 29 October 1945. He died 10 March 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio.

WANG, ELMER FRANCIS, JR., Private, # 36730440, USAAF

 

Elmer F. Wang Jr. was born on 12 July 1923 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, to Elmer F. Wang (1895-1970) (IL) and Mae A. (Renshaw) Wang (1897-1994) (MI) (married 13 September 1922, Cook Co., IL). A sibling was Mary Louise “Mae” (Wang) Herman (1927-2013). He attended Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina (ROTC Sec. 37). Living with them in 1930 was his paternal grandmother, Jennie (Larsen) Wang (1864-1941) (Norway) (spouse – Victor A. Wang (1852-1920) (England).