43-16261         MACR 15001

 

On 27 November 1945 a C-47B, #43-16261, assigned 10th Air Force, Dum Dum, India, departed the airfield at Singapore on a transportation mission to “Butterworth.” The last contact was by radio when it was over Malacca, at about 0219 hours. It crashed near Perak, Malaysia. A search by the RAF and U.S. aircraft was conducted. The crew was:

                                              Pilot                             FO Judson B. Baskett               T-64445

                                              Co-Pilot                       1stLt William H. Myers          0-796183

                                              Radio Operator            PFC Donald E. Jones               37484709

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                       Baskett            Carolyn W. Baskett, W, 2103 Jefferson Blvd, Paducah, KY

                                       Myer    (sp?)     E.R. Myers, M, 72 Washington St., Elizabethtown, PA

                                       Jones                Elvira S. Jones, W, 112 N. 2nd St., Mascoutah, IL

BASKETT, JUDSON BOYCE, Flight Officer, # T-64445, USAAF

 

Judson B. Baskett was born on 13 September 1920 in Houston, Texas, to Charles Leslie Baskett (1874-1932) and Bertha Bell (Puddy) Baskett (1880-1972). Siblings were Charles S. Baskett II (1911-2005) and Bertha Beatrice (Baskett) Kerr nee Thomas (1903-1995). He married Marie Koch on 12 May 1940 in Matagorda, Texas.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 6710 Travis, Houston, TX, and described himself as 6’2 ½”, 175 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and was assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 November 1945 a C-47B, #43-16261, assigned 10th Air Force, Dum Dum, India, departed the airfield at Singapore on a transportation mission to “Butterworth.” The last contact was by radio when it was over Malacca, at about 0219 hours. It crashed near Perak, Malaysia. A search by the RAF and U.S. aircraft was conducted. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Hollywood Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

MYERS, WILLIAM HERR, First Lieutenant, # 0-796183, USAAF               (misspelled MEYERS on MACR)

 

William H. Myers was brn on 25 November 1917 in Bainbridge, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania to Lehman Lester Myers (1894-1918) and Edith R. (Herr) Myers (1891-1973). Siblings were Lester Norman Myers (1917-1992) and Leroy L. Myers (1919-1964).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, resided at 72 Washington St., Elizabethtown, PA, and described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted on 28 January 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and was assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India.