LONG, MAYNARD BOND, Flight Officer, # T-68042, USAAF
Maynard B. Long was born on 11 January 1915 in DeLand, Volusia Co., Florida, to Lewis Clark Long (1883-1954) and Minerva (Bond) Long (1893-1981) (married 20 June 1910, Cuyahoga Co., OH). Siblings were Murray Louise Long (1911-1918) and Lewis Clark Long Jr. (1912-1949). He was married to Mary Elizabeth (Wooten) Conger nee DuPont nee Long nee Lewis (1916-1996) on 11 July 1938 and they had two children, Walter Mcnair Long (1943-2002) and Maynard Bond Long (1940- ).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by Lumber & Supply Co., resided in rural Lake Helen, Volusia Co., FL, and described himself as 5’11 ½”, 154 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was appointed a Flight Officer and trained to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando as a multi-engine rated pilot. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 June 1945 a C-46A Commando, # 42-3615, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1328th AAF Base Unit, Myitkyina, Burma, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a return cargo flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). A radio message gave coordinates of 99° 12’ East and 24° 44’ North. The C-46 crashed enroute and the crew was killed. After recovery, the remains of crewmen and a passenger, Roberts, Webster, Mooney and Long were found to be indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 5 September 1951 (Sec. 84, Graves 406, 407, and 408). A memorial was placed in the Oakdale Cemetery, DeLand, Florida.