42-32000         (MACR 12776)

 

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 crew was:

 

                                               Pilot                             1stLt Loyal S. Marrs                             0-526151

                                               Co-Pilot                       1stLt James J. Owens Jr.                      0-795442

                                               Crew Chief                  SSgt Jacob Metzler Jr.                          35276942

                                               Radio Operator            Pvt Elmer F. Wang                              36730440

 

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.

MARRS, LOYAL STUART, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-526151, USAAF

 

Loyal S. Marrs Jr. was born on 1 May 1920 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, to Loyal S. Marrs (1889-1974) (MO) and Brenda Catchings (Lewis) Marrs (1891-1969) (MS). Siblings were Ethel K. Marrs (1916-2009), Brenda Ruth (Marrs) Sekul (1918-1993), Betty Joe Marrs (1923-    ), Myron Earl “Bub” Marrs (1925-1995), and (twin of Myron) Madelyn May (Marrs) Furmall (1925-2000). He was married to Gladys E. “Chick” Quinn nee Marrs (1921-2004), author of The Aluminum Trail: How and Where They Died. In 1930 his father worked for a Lumber Company.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Maxwell Field, Kendall, Kendall Co., Alabama, on 5 January 1940. 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. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Resthaven Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

 

His brother, Myron E. Marrs, born 19 December 1925, served in the U.S. Navy from 15 February 1943, , #6351148, on the U.S.S. Casablanca (ACV-55), Seaman 2nd Class (1943), and the U.S.S. Solomons (CVE-67) (1943-1946), Seaman 2nd Class, Radio Mate 3rd Class. He died 15 September 1995 and is buried in the Resthaven Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.