42-64656         B25C   Hunt (MACR 14748)

 

On 10 July 1945, a B-25C, “Daffy Ann” and “Rhode Island” as nicknames on the nose, # 42-64656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 489th AAF Air Base Squadron, Air Jungle Rescue Detachment, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a search mission. The B-25C was seen to crash about 23 miles West of Bhamo, Burma, at 1030 IST. The crew were:

 

                                                    Pilot                             F/O Harold B. Hunt Jr.                         T-65142

                                                    Co-Pilot                       F/O William D. Cox                             T-137305

                                                    Engineer                      Cpl Allan C. Caskey                             17181494

                                                    Radio Operator            Cpl James R. Blevins                           35771139

                                                    Armorer-Gunner          Cpl Dale L. Holland                             39466008

 

Burmese natives gave vague information but seemed to have seen the B-25 crash and burn. A ground search party was dispatched to investigate on 15 July 1945. No next-of-kin list was with the fold3.com file.

HUNT, HAROLD B., JR., Flight Officer, # T-65142, USAAF

 

Harold B. Hunt Jr. was an experienced multi-engine rated pilot, thus he was appointed a Flight Officer. He was sent overseas to India, assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell after familiarity training. On 10 July 1945, a B-25C, “Daffy Ann” and “Rhode Island” as nicknames on the nose, # 42-64656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 489th AAF Air Base Squadron, Air Jungle Rescue Detachment, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a search mission. The B-25C was seen to crash about 23 miles West of Bhamo, Burma, at 1030 IST. Burmese natives gave vague information but seemed to have seen the B-25 crash and burn. A ground search party was dispatched to investigate on 15 July 1945.

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COX, WILLIAM DALE, Flight Officer, # T-137305, USAAF

 

William D. Cox was born on 22 May 1923 in West Virginia to Ora E. Cox (1901-1968) (OH) and Grace B. (Staats) Cox (1903-1997) (WVA) (married in 1920, W.VA.). A sister was Irene C. (Cox) Joy (1921-2009). Living with them in 1940 was maternal grandfather, Archibald McMillion Staats (1876-1941) (1 of 11 siblings) married to Stella N. (Hanlin) Staats (1879-1936).

 

He was an experienced multi-engine rated pilot, thus he was appointed a Flight Officer. He was sent overseas to India, assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell after familiarity training. On 10 July 1945, a B-25C, “Daffy Ann” and “Rhode Island” as nicknames on the nose, # 42-64656, assigned to 10th Air Force, 489th AAF Air Base Squadron, Air Jungle Rescue Detachment, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a search mission. The B-25C was seen to crash about 23 miles West of Bhamo, Burma, at 1030 IST. Burmese natives gave vague information but seemed to have seen the B-25 crash and burn. A ground search party was dispatched to investigate on 15 July 1945. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Knights of Pythias cemetery, modernly the Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown, Wood Co., West Virginia.