43-30575

 

On 18 March 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 43-30575, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, Eastern Sector, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, at 0558 Zulu on a cargo mission to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crew was:

 

                                          Pilot                             Capt. John C. Arnold                           0-488764

                                          Co-Pilot                       2ndLt John C. Mooy                            0-665090

                                          Crew Chief                  Cpl Wayne A. Miller                            17127767

                                          Asst Crew Chief           PFC Winthrop S. Gage                        R-114566

                                          Radio Operator            Sgt Lloyd Desormeaux                         18117255

 

ARNOLD, JOHN C., Captain, # 0-488764, USAAF

 

Inadequate data was available to identify this veteran and his family. Please use the contact form to provide assistance. He completed flight instruction and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 March 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 43-30575, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, Eastern Sector, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, at 0558 Zulu on a cargo mission to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump).

 

MOOY, JOHN C., Second Lieutenant, # 0-665090, USAAF

 

John C. Mooy was born on 21 April 1918 in Racine, Wisconsin, to William F. Mooy (1875-1932) and Olga (Ness) Mooy (1878-1970). Siblings included Nathaniel Frederick Mooy (1905-1983), David William Mooy (1906-1981).

 

He registered for the WWIII draft on 16 October 1940, resided in Bloomingdale, Van Buren Co., Michigan, and described himself as 6'1", 185 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at Fort Custer, Michigan, on 22 January 1942. . He completed flight instruction and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 March 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 43-30575, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, Eastern Sector, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, at 0558 Zulu on a cargo mission to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). After recovery, his remains were buried, indistinguishable, with the remains of Corp. Wayne Miller in the New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana on 5 April 1950 (Sec. G, Grave 157).

 

His brother, David W. Mooy, born 29 August 1906, served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, from Private to Second Lieutenant, First Battalion, 24th Regiment, 432 Company, from 29 February 1928 to 28 February 1959. He died 13 January 1981 and is buried in the Grand Junction Cemetery, Grand Junction, Van Buren Co., Michigan.