MAUPIN, GEORGE ROY, Second Lieutenant, # -678542, USAAF
George R. Maupin was born 31 July 1916 in Tennessee to George W. Maupin and Julia Allen (Russell) Maupin (1895-1972). He was married to Suzanna E. Maupin in 1942, she lived at 320 South 2nd St., Sterling, Colorado. The 1940 census shows him residing at 1017 N.W. 79th St., Dade, Florida, with his mother Julia A. (Russell) Venturis nee Maupin (1895-1972)(widowed and remarried) and step father, Leon N. Venturis.
He registered for the WW II draft 16 October 1940, giving his place of birth as Wartburg, Tennessee. He described himself as blond hair, blue eyes and a small scar on the right side of his forehead. He gave his mother’s address as 7947 N.W. 11th Ave., Miami, Dade Cunty, Florida. He enlisted in the USAAF on 10 July 1941 at Camp Blanding, Florida, and was trained as a B-24 bombardier. He was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 425th Bomb Squadron, 14th Air Force, at Kunming, China. On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 42-73242, “Haley’s Comet” (named after Lt Roger F. Haley) (converted to ferry passengers and cargo), upon which 2ndLt Maupin was bombardier, departed Chabua, India, at 7:40 a.m., to fly to Kunming, China. It was assigned to the 425th Bomb Squadron of the 308th Bomb Group. At 10:45 a.m., over the Himalayas, the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed; B-24D, # 41-23889, near Jorhat, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016). Haley’s Comet was found eventually and remains recovered. The bomber was mentioned in China Up and Down by John T. Foster. After recovery of his remains, burial was at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. He was awarded the Air Medal. An marker provided by the V.A. memorializes him in the Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. The family placed a marker in the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, Colorado.