MCDOWELL, JAMES DEALDEBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-515741, USAAF
James D. McDowell was born on 2 March 1920 in Knox Co., Indiana to Dr. James D. McDowell, M.D. (1874-1925) (IN) and Mabel (Jordan) Watjen nee McDowell (1886-1965) (IN) (married Woodville C. Watjen (1871-1940). Sibling was Samuel Jordan McDowell (1922-2015).
He registered for the WWIII draft on 1 July 1941, employed by the Texas Aviation Co. as a flying instructor, resided at 100 Penn St., Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, and described himself as 6’2”, 175 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 May 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 30593, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, Station 4, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, at 0629 hours on a transport mission to Chengtu, Chia, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Vincennes, Knox Co., Indiana.
His brother, Samuel J. McDowell, born 22 January 1922, enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. He died 15 July 2015 and is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum, Urbana, Champaign Co., Illinois.