FERRIS, HUGH CROCKETT, Flight Officer, # T-193478, USAAF
Hugh C. Ferris was born on 6 March 1920 in Washington, D.C., and adopted (as a White) by Howard James Ferris (1878-1980) (IL) and Emily Mae (Crockett) Ferris (1892-1988) (NY) (married Emily Crockett on 9 July 1925, Syracuse, NY). His biological father was Richard Drum White (1884-1982) – 1st husband of Emily Mae Crockett). Siblings were Robert Gaye Ferris (1905-1970), Beatrice Nan (Ferris) Moore (1916-2011), Emily Joan (Ferris) Pope (1927-2010). Living with them in 1920 was his adoptive-maternal grandmother, Jocyline Gaye (1861- ) (IA). His father was a bookkeeper in 1900, a superintendent of an agricultural novelty equipment business in 1910, a superintendent of a bakery equipment business in 1920, a designer for an implement factory in 1930, a vice-president of a bakery equipment company in 1940.
He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 201 W. Diggins, Harvard, McHenry Co., IL, and described himself as 5’10”, 175 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a C-54, # 42-72370, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield at Barrackpore, India, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. Last contact was when it was over Kunyang, China, at about 1346 Zulu. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial is in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Harvard, McHenry Co., Illinois. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.