He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by his father, resided on Rte 1, Box 18, Snyder, TX, and described himself as 5’7”, 137 lbs, with red hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73516, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed its airfield on a sea sweep combat mission and was seen to crash at about 0718 Zulu at coordinates 20° 15’ North & 114° 32’ East. It was shot down by anti-aircraft about 100 miles Southeast of St. John’s Island, South East China Sea. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Snyder, Texas, was the birth place of the site builder's father, too.

FINLEY, HAROLD D., Second Lieutenant, # 0-699405, USAAF

 

Harold D. Finley was born on 10 April 1918 in Del Rio, Val Verde Co., Texas, to Harrell Bowden Finley (1894-1972) (TX) and Anna “Annie” (Davis) Finley (1895-1975) (Mississippi). A sibling was Dr. Robert Franklin Finley (1920-2007) (D.D.). Living with them in 1940 was his maternal grandmother, Maud Ann “Nettie” (Potts) Davis (1876-1942) (widowed) (Mississippi). His birth certificate reads “Harrell Boden Finley.” He was married to Tommy J. Finley.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China.