WITT, PAUL MADISON, Private First Class, # 37225339, USAAF

 

Paul M. Witt was born on 26 January1908 in Saint Joseph, Missuri, to John M. Witt (1877-1966) and Emma G. (Creek) Wtt (1887-    ). Siblings included Yola E. (Witt) Miller (1904-1978), Byron Oda Witt (1910-1999), Nina M. (Witt) Kaufman (1913-2005), and Clyde Maxberry Witt (1916-1996). The 1930 census shows him living in Phoenix, AZ, with his wife, Elsie M. (Shelton) Witt (1910-1983).

 

He registered for the WW II draft 16 October 1940 and described himself as 6’, 175 lbs, with blac hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46 and transport and 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. 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. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Clyde M. Witt, born 21 January 1916, served in the U.S. Army from 9 February 1944 to 5 September 1946. He died 17 May 1996.

Curtiss C-46 Commando