MECHAM, WYANT VANDEN, # T-2733, USAAF

 

Wyant V. Mecham was born on 1 November 1924 in Crookston, Cherry Co., Nebraska, to William Mecham (1883-1956) (NE) and Helen Hilma (Norman) Mecham (1882-1954) (IA). Siblings included Millard Rudolphus Mecham (1913-1925), Mildred May Mecham (1928-1928), Myrtle B. (Mecham) Cook (1908-1996), William Norman Mecham (1911-1929), and Zelma Marcella (Mecham) Adams (1918-2009). He was married to Joyce Jean Davis in 1942 in Stockton, California.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF (Enlisted Service # 17151961) while living in Gilmore, Iowa, on 17 November 1942 and entered active duty 1 February 1943 as an aviation cadet. He was appointed a USAAF Flight Officer on 8 February 1944. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India on 17 May 1944. On 7 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93341, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, on an air supply drop mission to a target in Burma, to return to land at the airfield at Sookerating, India. Last radio contact was at about 1054 India ST near 96º 48’ East & 25º 19’ North (near Warazup, Burma). At 1054 an unidentified aircraft was seen to crash into a low hill about 4 miles west of Warazup, Burma (Station 36), on a course of 290º. Liaison air located the crash but could not identify the aircraft which had burned. The last radio contact with 42-93341 was that they were “dropping on target.” After recovery from the American airfield military cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 13 June 1949 (Sec. Q, Grave 149).

Wyant & Joyce Mecham                                                   Wyant Vanden Mecham

DAVIS, WALTER EUGENE “GENE”, Second Lieutenant, # 0-715155, USAAF

 

Walter E. Davis was born on 16 November 1921 in Tennessee to John Louis Davis (1900-1980) and Zetta Louvenia “Zettie” (Skeen) Davis (1899-1987). Siblings included Mary Elizabeth Davis (1925-2015) and Catherine Anne Davis (1929-    ). In 1930 they lived in Knoxville, TN, and his father was a street car operator. His aunt Nina Davis (1908-    ) lived with them. In 1940, in Knoxville, his father was a bus driver. He attended the University of Tennessee.

 

After enlisting, he completed multiple flight instruction schools and earned his commission and pilot wings as a multi-engine rated pilot. He was assigned to 10th Air Force in India. On 7 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93341, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, on an air supply drop mission to a target in Burma, to return to land at the airfield at Sookerating, India.