NICHOLS, DAVID M., First Lieutenant, # 0-438310, USAAF

 

David M. Nichols was born on 13 December 1922 in Pennsylvania to James Roscoe “Ross” Nichols (1892-1969) and Lillian (Hodgson) “Nell” Nichols (1893-1935). A sibling was James R. Nichols Jr. (1920-1982). On 19 September 1942 he married Emily Yoste Andrews in Jefferson Co., Alabama. Upon his death, she resided at 1227 S. 21st St., Birmingham, Alabama.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Alabama on 16 April 1942. He was trained as a pilot and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and wings. On 25 April 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3597, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, Station 11, departed the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, on a cargo transport mission to Supam, India. The C-46 was attacked by enemy aircraft and shot down. The pilot bailed out and suffered a broken left leg and minor injuries and found on 28 April 1944. On 29 April 1944, the pilot was enroute to the 112th Station Hospital, Kailakundai, for treatment. When the crashed C-46 was located, the three deceased crew members were found. After recovery from overseas, his remains were buried in Arlington National Cemetery on 21 December 1948 (Sec. 12, Grave 185). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

HOWARD, JOHN D., Corporal, # 18160157, USAAF

 

John D. Howard was born on 8 January 1911 to John Howard (1877-1915) (KY) and Susie (Holbrook) Howard (1881-1959) (KY) (married 28 February 1896, Magoffin, KY). Siblings included Mary Howard (1897-1911), Ernest Howard (1900-1980), Martha Jane Howard (1901-1977), Daisy Howard (1903-1990), Elias Howard (1906-1984), Charles B. Howard (1909-1967) and Grace Howard (1914-    ). He was married to Geraldine Bearskin (1921-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 14 August 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and function of the electrical and mechanical systems of the C-46 military aircraft. He earned his crewman wings. On 25 April 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3597, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, Station 11, departed the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, on a cargo transport mission to Supam, India. The C-46 was attacked by enemy aircraft and shot down between Chittagong, India, and Tubihal, India. The pilot bailed out and suffered a broken left leg and minor injuries and found on 28 April 1944. On 29 April 1944, the pilot was enroute to the 112th Station Hospital, Kailakundai, for treatment. When the crashed C-46 was located, the three deceased crew members were found. After his remains were recovered from overseas, he was buried in the Howard Cemetery, Grove, Delaware County, Oklahoma. Another record has him buried in the Connel House Cemetery, Miami, Oklahoma. The Headstone/Marker application gives his birth date as 8 January 1911, signed by Mrs. Susie Howard, Tiff City, Missouri. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Army Good Conduct Medals.

 

His brother, Charles B. Howard, served in the U.S. Army during WW II, a Corporal. He died 1 December 1967 and is buried in the Howard Cemetery, Greeley, Weld Co., Oklahoma.