42-3574           C46

 

On 29 June 1944, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-3574, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th Air Base Unit, Station # 11, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transportation flight to Myitkyina, Burma, then across “the Hump” of the Himalayas, to the airfield at Yankai, China. The C-46A was attacked and set afire by enemy fighters and the crew had to bail out. The crew were:

 

                                          Pilot                             2ndLt Hillyer G. Maveety                    0-672649

                                          Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Max E. Holcomb                       0-802856

                                          Engineer                      Sgt Varvin F. Tyrell                              12031091

                                          Radio Operator            TSgt Harold J Robichaux                     14046897

 

The pilot was unable to bail out and died in the crash. It was believed that the radio operator was captured by the enemy. His remains were buried in the Kalikunda, India, airfield cemetery.

MAVEETY, HILLYER G., Second Lieutenant, # 0-672649, USAAF

 

Hillyer G. Maveety was born on 21 August 1918 in Texas to Guy L. Maveety (1891-1954) and Eunice Lorena (Forehand) Maveety (1893-1983). Siblings included Glenn Lee Maveety (1914-1987), James Ezell Maveety (1916-2000), Luther Jackson Maveety (1921-1994), Lettie Marie (Maveety) Hoyt (1924-2014), and Robert Ellis Maveety (1927-2008) (NM).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Las Cruces, New Mexico, residence Mesilla, of Dona Ana Co., New Mexico, on 16 September 1940. He completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was multi-engine rated. On 29 June 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3574, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th Air Base Unit, Station # 11, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transportation flight to Myitkyina, Burma, then across “the Hump” of the Himalayas, to the airfield at Yankai, China. The C-46A was attacked and set afire by enemy fighters and the crew had to bail out. 2ndLt Maveety was unable to get out and died in the crash. His remains were buried in the Kalikunda, India, airfield cemetery. Upon recovery from India, he was buried in the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas, on 19 January 1949 (Sec. SH, Grave 308). He was awarded the Purple Heart and other decorations.

 

His brothers, James, Luther and Glenn Maveety, served during WW II. James Maveety served from 20 September 1944 to 11 January 1946 in the U.S. Army and at separation was a First Lieutenant. James died 13 July 2000 and is buried in the Santa Fee National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Sec. 8, Grave 80F). Luther Maveety, born 15 September 1921, served in the U.S. Army from 15 January 1942 to 19 November 1945. He died 30 June 1994 and is buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Sec. W, Grave 134A). Glenn L. Maveety, born 18 August 1914, served in the U.S. Navy (CRM (T), Aug. 1945 - # 3597804), from 12 January 1932 to 17 August 1935, in 1945 on the U.S.S. Brackett (DE-41), and from 20 April 51 to 18 August 1952. He served during WW II and the Korean War. He died 20 December 1987.