COLLINS, PRYOR DONALD, Technician 4th Grade, # 34081210, U.S. Army

 

Pryor D. Collins was born on 19 September 1917 in Grady Co., Georgia to Kader Ezekiel Collins (1882-1959) and Myra Eugenia (Lee) Collins (1889-1968) (both born FL). Siblings were William Luther Collins (1910- 1997), James Edgar Collins (1912-1937), Nettie Victoria Collins (1914-2004), Kedar Braxton Collins (1921-2000), and Virginia (Collins) Searcy (1924-    ).

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, on 5 April 1941. He was trained and sent overseas. His last assignment was to the 835th Signal Service Battalion. On 6 January 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 42-96721, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Chabua, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was with Kunming ATC at about 0937 Zulu. The C-46A encountered moderate to severe icing. It crashed enroute and the crew and passengers were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial is in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Cairo, Grady Co., Georgia.

 

His brother, Kedar B. Collins, born 23 February 1921, served in the U.S. Army from 7 August 1940. He died 14 September 2000 and is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park, Fulton Co., Georgia.

SCHERER, W., First Lieutenant, # 0-1106452

 

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MOYES, CARL D., Second Lieutenant, # 0-874900, USAAF

 

Carl D. Moyes was born on 17 January 1914 in Thatcher Co., Arizona, to Joseph Moyes (1855-1935) (Australia) and Anna Missilvia (Plumb) Moyes nee Hunt (1880-1945) (AZ) (married 14 December 1908, Graham, AZ). Siblings were Beulah Clorine (Hunt) Lauritzen (1903-1991), John Earnest Hunt (1905-1982), Elizabeth Leona (Moyes) Lauritzen (1909-2001), Joseph William Moyes (1911-1988), and Earl Leroy Moyes (1918-1984). The 1940 census shows John E. Hunt, spouse Irene (Brown) Hunt (1909-1956), and their children: Eunice Idell Hunt (1929-    ), John William Hunt (1930-2003), Anna Rae Hunt (1935-    ), Anna Moyes (widowed) and Earl L. Moyes.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940 in Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA, employed by Para Office Paint, resided at 2001 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, and described himself as 6’, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 22 January 1943. His last assignment was to the 1350th AAF Base Unit. On 6 January 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 42-96721, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Chabua, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was with Kunming ATC at about 0937 Zulu. The C-46A encountered moderate to severe icing. It crashed enroute and the crew and passengers were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.