STOCKETT, MARVIN MAC, Captain, # 0-401260, USAAF

 

Marvin M. Stockett was born on 19 November 1918 in Oklahoma to Wiley T. “Pop” Stockett (1884-1977) (TX) and Pearl Pickney (McCrae) Stockett (1888-1976) (TN). Siblings included Henry Eugene Stockett (1906-2001), Wiley Turner Stockett (1908-1992), Kittie Mae (Stockett) Ingle (1914-2001), Richard Alton Stockett (1917-2006), Lois Allene (Stockett) Brasher (1920-2008) (TX), Joseph “Joe” Paul Stockett, Reverend (1921-1998) (TX), Roy Glenn Stockett (1924-1938), Emma (Stockett) Lincoln (1927-1992) (OK), Betty Lou (Stockett) Walker (1931-2015) (OK) and John L. Stockett (1935-1968) (OK). He attended Bethany-Paniel College and was honored by the college for his service and sacrifice. He was married to Jean W. Stockett, 506 Pleasanton Rd, San Antonio, Texas.

 

After enlisting, he completed flight schools through advanced training and earned his commission, pilot wings, and multi-engine rating. He was selected to fly the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India then to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China. It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India. The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. The family memorialized him in their family ancestry.

PRUITT, WILLIAM ARNOLD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-751032, USAAF

 

William A. Pruitt was born on 29 June 1921 in Peacock, Stonewall Co., Texas, to W. A. Pruitt and Lola May (Jackson) Pruitt.   In 1942 he worked as a mechanic for Army Airways Station in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He attended Abilene High School. He married Betty Louise Love on 3 May 1942 in the Trinity Methodist Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1940 he was in the USAAF at the 64th School Squadron (USAAF) in Abilene, Bexar Co., Texas.

 

After induction into the USAAF in Texas, he completed flight schools through advanced training and earned his commission, pilot wings, and multi-engine rating. He was selected to fly the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India then to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China. 2ndLt Pruitt was the co-pilot. It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India. The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

Capt. Marvin M. Stockett