GINN, CHARLES DAVID, “BUCK,” Staff Sergeant, # 15084114, USAAF
Charles D. Ginn was born 2 January 1922 in Edon, Williams County, Ohio, to William Uriel “Jack” Ginn (1896-1959) and Ruth Esther (Knecht) Ginn (1899-1986). Half siblings included William Ginn, Daniel Ginn, Vonda Ginn and Ula Ginn. His parents divorced and he was raised primarily by his grandparents, Loyd R. McKinsey (1881-1955) and Della Mae (Wainscott) McKinsey (1876-1963).
He enlisted in the USAAF on 30 December 1941 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, while residing in Will County, Illinois. On 25 January 1944, at about 0700 hours, B-24J, # 42-73308, “Hot as Hell,” departed Kunming, China, for Chabua, India, with SSgt Ginn as engineer, responsible for aircraft maintenance and function. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 425th Bomb Squadron. It crashed in India. At 10:45 a.m., 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, crashed near Jorhat, Arunachal Pradesh, 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). “Hot as Hell” was found eventually. He is remembered in the Manila American Memorial & Cemetery, Philippines.