MOORE, STUART M., Second Lieutenant, # 0-673863, USAAF

 

Stuart Miller Moore was born on 28 May 1918 in Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky, to Spears Moore (1868-1944) and Sarah Elizabeth (Houston) Moore (1896-1980). On 25 December 1942, he married Anne Douglas Owen in Tom Greene, Texas.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Lexington, Kentucky, on 3 April 1942. He trained extensively to becomed a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. On 8 September 1944, a B-29, # 42-6234, “My Assam Dragon,” assigned to Dudhkundi, India, of the 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 679th Bomb Squadron, departed Kwanghan airfield on a combat mission to Mukdon, Machuria, was attacked by enemy fighters and damaged. There were several hits which caused the aircraft to depressurize and damaged the rudder cable. No one was wounded. With the rudder cable severed, they began to lose altitude over the Gulf of Chile. The pilot ordered the crew to prepare to bail out but that he was going to try to make land first. The pilot told the crew that 2ndLt Moore, 1stLt McCrary, 1stLt Porter and TSgt Smreck had bailed out without orders about 30 to 40 miles before they reached the coast. None had been wounded and were wearing “Mae West” life preservers. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philipines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

MCCRARY, WILLIAM “BILLY” Y., First Lieutenant, # 0-674696, USAAF

 

Billy Y. McCrary was born on 16 December 1924 in Floydada, Texas, to William “Bill” McCrary (1902-   ) (TN) and Ida Mae (Cornelius) McCrary (1903-    ). He was married to Mary Len A. McCrary. Precise information would be appreciated.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in Tyler, Texas, on 28 December 1942, while he was a student of Tyler High School. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Jacksonville, Florida, on 11 January 1943. He began flight school and was selected to receive training as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress. On 8 September 1944, a B-29, # 42-6234, “My Assam Dragon,” assigned to Dudhkundi, India, of the 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 679th Bomb Squadron, departed Kwanghan airfield on a combat mission to Mukdon, Machuria, was attacked by enemy fighters and damaged. There were several hits which caused the aircraft to depressurize and damaged the rudder cable. No one was wounded. With the rudder cable severed, they began to lose altitude over the Gulf of Chile. The pilot ordered the crew to prepare to bail out but that he was going to try to make land first. The pilot told the crew that 2ndLt Moore, 1stLt McCrary, 1stLt Porter and TSgt Smreck had bailed out without orders about 30 to 40 miles before they reached the coast. None had been wounded and were wearing “Mae West” life preservers. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philipines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

PORTER, ALBERT EDWIN, First Lieutenant, # 0-862431, USAAF

 

Albert E. Porter was born on 16 October 1916 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Roy Everett Porter (1883-1965) and Mabel Henrietta (Lockwood) Porter (1877-1961). Siblings included Marcus Lockwood “Pete” Porter (1913-2012) and Alice Isabel Porter (1916-2006). He was married to Alva Marie (Duncan) Card nee Porter (1918-2002), Box 135, Sentinel, Oklahoma.