NORTON, JAMES E., Second Lieutenant, # 0-666339, USAAF
James E. Norton was born on 26 October 1920 to Charles E. Norton (1893-1968) and Anne Lee (Goolsby) Norton (1901-1990). Siblings included Lawrence Norton (1919-2013), Sarah E. (Norton) Harwell (1924-2008), Iris D. (Norton) Voyles (1929- ), Mary Eloise “Les” (Norton) Leach (1937- ), and Helen Oleta (Norton) Jones (1939-2008). His father was a farmer.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Decatur, Alabama, on 9 February 1942, while residing in Tipah Co., Mississippi. He completed flight schools through advanced training and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93372, assigned to 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on an air resupply mission and return. It was last seen by an eyewitness to the crash that killed everyone on board at 25º 31’ North and 96º 50’ East, when it hit some trees and crashed. Two Chinese soldiers said that the C-47A propellars hit trees before crashing. All crew members were from the 11th Combat Cargo Squadron on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, except 1stLt Miller, who was from Station # 10 (A.T.C.) on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron. His remains were recovered from the American military cemetery at the airfield near Kalaikunda, India, and were buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 6 January 1949 (Sec. B, Grave 229). He is remembered in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, Mississippi. He was awarded the Purple Heart.