FOLEY, ARTHUR J., JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-806424, USAAF

 

Arthur J. Foley, Jr., was born 1918 to Arthur J. Foley (1882-    ). His residence of record was New York and he enlisted 28 November 1940 in New York City (# 32000175). On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, he was the co-pilot of a B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandaveswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingaladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

FLOWERS, DAN LATTAN, First Lieutenant, # 0-662005, USAAF

 

Dan L. Flowers was born 18 May 1919 in Leake County, Mississippi, to Albert Louie Flowers (1880-1959) and Mary Eliza (Loflin) Flowers (1877-1969). Siblings included Annie Catherine Flowers (1914-1918), Robert Louie Flowers (1916-1989), and a sister.

 

He enlisted 4 September 1941 with three year of college in the USAAF in Jackson, Mississippi as an aviation cadet. He did not qualify as a pilot but, completed navigator training for the B-24 and earned his wings and commission. On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, he was the navigator of a B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandaveswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingaladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. . He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart. His family placed a veteran’s memorial marker in the New Providence Cemetery, Carthage, Leake Co., Mississippi.

Albert & Mary Flowers

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