43-25176

 

On 23 November 1944 a P-51C-10, # 43-25176, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield on a reconnaissance mission over Tanchuk, China. The P-51 was last seen over Tanchuk, China, by Maj. L. V. Teeter, Commander, 76th Fighter Squadron. The pilot was 2ndLt John P. Houck, # 0-756588. Born 11 October 1922.

 

HOUCK, JOHN PAUL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-756588, USAAF

 

John P. Houck was born on 11 October 1922 in Caroline, Virginia, to William Arthur Houck (1886-1957) and Lila Adilaide (Jones) Houck (1895-1962). Siblings included Cornelia “Connie” Houck (1915-1989), William Albert Houck (1916-1998), Margaret Catherine Houck (1918-1986), James Calvin Houck (1925-2012), Charles Fisher Houck (1931-1987), Norris Langdon Houck (1938-    ), and Stuart Dixon Houck (1940-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided in rural Elmont, Hanover Co., VA, and described himself as 5’8”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 23 November 1944 a P-51C-10, # 43-25176, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield on a reconnaissance mission over Tanchuk, China. The P-51 was last seen over Tanchuk, China, by Maj. L. V. Teeter, Commander, 76th Fighter Squadron. After recovery, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 26 January 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 1391).

 

His brother, James C. Houck, born 5 February 1925, served in the U.S. Army from 29 March 1945. He died 1 August 2012.