PEAVY, HENRY EVERETT, Technical Sergeant, # 37131203, USAAF
Henry E. Peavy was born on 7 February 1919 in Malden, Dunklin Co., Missouri, to William James Peavy (1888-1973) and Eva Luella (Potter) Peavy (1896-1948) (married 26 February 1916, Malden, MO) (2nd marriage to “Deacon” Clemmie (Bartley) Peavy (1911-2003). Siblings were Curtis Madison Peavy (1917-1990) and William Joseph “Billie Joe” Peavy (1926-1975). He was married to Jewell Janice (Byrn) Tripod nee Peavy (1924- ) on 26 October 1941 in Malden, MO.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the Cotton Belt Railroad, resided at 3747 Westminster Place, St. Louis, MO, and described himself as 5’7 ½”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the C-54 Skymaster. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 March 1945 a Douglas C-54 Skymaster, # 42-72418, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield at Chanyi, China, on a return flight to Kurmitola through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). On 3 June 1945, the 1345th AAF Base Unit, Bengel, reported that the crew was killed in action. The Mohanbari Search & Rescue Squadron said that a ground search party located the wreckage of the C-54 and the remains of what appeared to be three bodies. Natives reported no survivors. Evidence was found identifying Capt. Harris. The C-54 crashed into the mountainside near Tengchung, China. Engines were buried three feet in the ground by the impact and wreckage was strewn over a 500-yard area. Remains were buried at the wreckage site. After recovery from China, the crew remains were indistinguishable, and the crew was buried in a group ceremony and grave in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co., Kansas (Sec. 2, Grave 259).
His brother, Billie J. Peavy, born 26 July 1926, served in the U.S. Army, a Private, from 1 September 1943 to 25 February 1944. He died 6 June 1975 and is buried in the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., Texas (Sec. E. Grave 194).