BLOOD, CRAIG NEWTON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-759172, USAAF

 

Craig N. Blood was born 22 June 1919 in Berkeley, California to Daniel Henry Blood (1892-1987) (NE) and Helen Truesdale (Craig) Blood (1893-1962) (IL). A sister was Joanne Estelle (Blood) Smith (1922-    ). In 1920 the family lived in Novato, Marin County, California. He was married to Marion F. (Burt) Blood, W, 909 45th St, Sacramento, California (married in 1942).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, while working for the State Department of Agriculture, and described himself as 6’2”, 220 lbs, with brwn hair and eyes. After enlistment, he completed flight school, advanced flight training, and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings and became a pilot of the B-29 Superfortress. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6262, named “Round Trip Ticket,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Duchkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kwanghan, China, on a combat mission, to Mukden, Manchuria. It was last sighted at 0330 Zulu at about 38º North, 118º East, after being attacked by an enemy fighter, dropping out of formation, and losing altitude until others in the formation could no longer see the aircraft. The crew was killed in the subsequent crash. His remains were repatriated and buried in the Los Gatos Cemetery, Los Gatos, California.

MCCARTHY, WILLIAM VINCENT, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-735899, USAAF

 

William V McCarthy, Jr., was born on 5 July 1919 in Onondaga Co., NY, to Wiliam V. McCarthy (1893-1960) and Joan M. (Anderson) McCarthy (1896-    ) (married 29 December 1917). Siblings included Mary Catherine McCarthy (1922-1992), Thomas A. McCarhy (1925-    ). In 1942, his family lived at 179 Beverly Rd, Syracuse, NY.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 while living in Washington, D.C., and described himself as 5’4”, 138 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was selected for training as a navigator for the B-29 Superfortress. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6262, named “Round Trip Ticket,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Duchkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kwanghan, China, on a combat mission, to Mukden, Manchuria. It was last sighted at 0330 Zulu at about 38º North, 118º East, after being attacked by an enemy fighter, dropping out of formation, and losing altitude until others in the formation could no longer see the aircraft. The crew was killed in the subsequent crash. His remains were repatriated and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. P, Grave 626).

His father, born 12 May 1893, served in the U.S. Army National  Guard during WW I. He enlisted 29 October 1917 and was assigned to the 310th Infantry Regiment, Company E; promoted Corporal (# 1762651) on 9 November 1917 (no foreign service). He was honorably discharged 22 May 1918 to accept a commission as an officer. Commissioned a Scond Lieutenant 23 May 1918, Quarter-master Corps, discharged honorably 17 December 1918.