NORTHINGTON, THURMAN WILLIAM, Master Sergeant, # 6520130, USAAF
Thurman W. Northington was born 17 July 1908 in Headrick, Jackson County, Oklahoma, to William R. Northington (1886-1963) (Texas) and Lula Mae (Cannon) Northington (1887-1982) (Texas) (married 15 September 1905, Upshur, TX). Siblings included Linnie Mae (Northington) Howard (1910-2002) (Texas), Donna Odessa (Northington) Vandermark nee Sprague (1914-1963), Odell Buce Northington (1919-1985), Helen June (Northington) Vandermark nee Hardy nee Stewart nee Turner (1921-2001), William “Bill” Northington (1924-1981), Betty Joe (Northington) Hayek nee Dykes (1927-1966), Ruby May (Northington) Mays (1930-1982), Susie Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Northington) Pritchurd (1906-1998), George W. “Jack” Northington (1917-1996). He was married to Loeta Mae Northington, 1717 S. “M” St., Bakersfield, California.
He re-enlisted as a Staff Sergeant, Finance Department, at Fort Lewis, Washington, on 17 October 1941. He was assigned to 14th Air Force, Kunming, China, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, 68th Air Service Group. On 23 August 1944, C-47A, # 43-15381, assigned to 14th Air Force, 14th Transport Squadron, departed the airfield at Cho Lum Pao, China, on a combat cargo mission to the airfield at Kunming, China. The last contact was by radio with radio station NQ-4. The C-47A crashed into mountains in northeast Yunan Province, near Yankai, China, enroute to Kunming from Peishiyi, China. Weather bad; flying IFR. Wreckage found by Chinese soldiers who reported all aboard were dead. He was a passenger on the aircraft. His remains were recovered from China and he was buried in the Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, California.
His brother, Odell B. Northington, born 13 June 1919, served in the U.S. Army from 22 October 1941 to 28 August 1945. He died 24 July 1985.
His brother, William Northington, born 28 January 1924, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 26 April 1943 to 6 December 1945.