He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, and described himself as 6’, 180 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he completed flight training and earned his commission and pilot wings in a ceremony at Marfa, Texas. His mother attended the ceremony and pinned the pilot wings on her son. He went on to Mather Field, Sacramento, CA, for advanced training. The military services send all enlisted men and officers where needed and he was selected to be a transport pilot in the venerable Douglas C-47A. He was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 22 June 1944, at 1326 hours, a C-47A, # 43-15795, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, to Myitkyina, Burma, on an air supply mission. It was shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed and burned, killing most of the crew. The radio operator survived. Cpl. Heuss, at the 69th Evacuation Hospital, Ledo, India, reported: The C-47 crashed in the jungle. He was thrown clear and suffered a broken leg and other injuries. An officer was thrown clear and died of a broken neck. While in flight before the crash, two other officers were shot while trying to throw some cargo out of the C-47 to make it lighter. The other officer burned to death when the C-47 burned. His remains were recovered from an airfield cemetery in India and buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery (Sec. B-1, Grave 521-N) on 15 February 1950. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

HEUSS, FREDERICK EDWIN, Corporal, # 15125219, USAAF

 

Frederick E. Heuss was born on 2 February 1922 in Ohio to George Frederick Heuss (1896-1975) and Mary Elise (Gadfield) Heuss (1893-1990). He had seven siblings (4 sisters & 3 brothers), including Bernice E. (Heuss) Enlow (1917-2015), Ethel E. (Heuss) Lemert (1918-    ), Edith Elaine (Heuss) Ricketts (1923-2002), Robert “Bobby” Bruce Heuss (1926-1992), Frederick Heuss, Leonard Heuss (1933-    ), and Marilyn Ann (Heuss) Calver (1931-    ). His father worked for a railroad. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1940. He was married to Marie Elizabeth (Renshaw) Heuss (1913-1978). They had three daughters.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 10 April 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment used by the USAAF aircraft. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 22 June 1944, at 1326 hours, a C-47A, # 43-15795, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, to Myitkyina, Burma, on an air supply mission. It was shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed and burned, killing most of the crew. The radio operator survived. Cpl. Heuss, at the 69th Evacuation Hospital, Ledo, India, reported: The C-47 crashed in the jungle. He was thrown clear and suffered a broken leg and other injuries. An officer was thrown clear and died of a broken neck. While in flight before the crash, two other officers were shot (by enemy aircraft and the C-47A was struck and losing altitude) while trying to throw some cargo out of the C-47 to make it lighter. The other officer burned to death when the C-47 burned. He was cared for and evacuated to the U.S. He was honorably discharged on 27 October 1945. He died 26 January 2007. He was awarded the Purple Heart.