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42-61054         C46

 

On 8 September 1944, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-61054, assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Kalaikunda, India, for a cargo transportation mission to Chengtu, China. The last contact was by radio at about 0240 hours with Station Lalmanier Hat, in China. The crew were:

                                                 Pilot                             1stLt David D. Haydon                       0-486488

                                                 Co-Pilot                       F/O Francis D. Johnson                      T-187041

                                                 Radio Operator            Sgt Charles R. Cooper                          39280924

                                                 Crew Chief (Eng.)       SSgt Okie R. Venable Jr.                      14139480

                                                 Asst. Crew Chief          Cpl Paul L. Kenney                             11089665

The next-of-kin were listed as:

                                               Haydon            Sylvia C. Haydon, W, 349 Perry St – c/o Mrs Ruth Joy, Buffalo, NY

                                               Johnson           Ethel J Venson, M, 60 Willard St, Malden, Mass.

                                               Venable           Lottie W Venable, M, RRte 3, Jefferson, GA

                                               Cooper             Pauline L Newfer, S, 423 E 82nd St, Los Angeles, CA

                                               Kenney            Nora M Kenney, W, 60 N Beacon St, Watertown, Mass.

HAYDON, DAVID DAWSON, First Lieutenant, # 0-486488, USAAF

 

David D. Haydon was born on 12 May 1906 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, to Dawson Whittier Haydon (1882-1925) (IN) and Laura Linta Haydon (1884-1951) (IL). Siblings included Marceline (Haydon) Fletcher (1913-1987) (NM), Dr. Fred Carter Haydon (1915-1969) (NM). He married Sylvia Chyril Goodrich in Yuma, Arizona, in 1940. In 1920 his father was a pharmacist. His paternal grandfather was Dr. David N. Haydon (1853-1932) (died from Tuberculosis) and grandmother, Sarah Ellen (Froman) Haydon (1844-1882).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 in Los Angeles, California, and described himself as 6’1”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He completed flight instruction and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was assigned to 20th Air Force in India, to the Air Transport Command. On 8 September 1944, a C-46A, # 41-61054, assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Kalaikunda, India, for a cargo transportation mission to Chengtu, China. The last contact was by radio at about 0240 hours with Station Lalmanier Hat, in China. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.