ROONEY, JOHN WILCOX, Captain, # 0-724829, USAAF
John W. Rooney was born on 18 June 1918 in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, to John Aloysius Rooney (1893-1968) (KS) and Fannie May (Wilcox) Rooney (1890-1968) (IL) (married 30 September 1916 in Cascade, Montana). A sister was Marjorie Elizabeth Rooney (1917-2006) (MT). His paternal uncle, Thomas Vincent Rooney (1888-1958) (KS), a merchant, lived with the family in 1920. On 26 February 1943 he married Marjorie Mae Howard in Multnomah Co., Oregon.
He enlisted and completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was multi-engine rated. On 19 September 1944, a C-47A, # 43-15861, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Combat Cargo Group, 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Peishiyi, China, on a secret mission to Imphal airfield, India, flying over “the Hump” of the Himalayan Mountains between Burma and China. The MACR shows departure from Tulihal, India, to Chungking, China (this is probably correct, but the crash location may be correct from the cited database). It was speculated it crashed due to bad weather. It crashed near Dongchuan, Yunnan, China. It was designated a battle casualty loss. After recovery from the crash site and temporary burial at a USAAF airfield, his remains were buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific (Mausoleum # 2), Hawaii (Sec. Q, Grave 1002).
His paternal uncle, John V. Rooney, born 31 March 1888, served during WW I. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Service, on 24 April 1918 and was honorably discharged 22 January 1919, a Sergeant First Class (# 878586), 105th Spruce Squadron. He died 3 October 1958 and is buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, OR.