MEDLEN, MALCOLM MAXWELL, Staff Sergeant, # 19066440, USAAF

 

Malcolm M. Medlen was born on 14 January 1919 in Hugo, Choctaw Co., Oklahoma to Claude Medlen (1894-1992) and Martha Lee “Mattie” (Kemper) Medlen (1897-1978). Siblings included Ronald Medlen (1920-1943) and Joyce (Medlen) Vaughn (1939-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by L.B. Mathis, resided at 310 E. Main, Hugo, OK, and described himself as 5’11”, 147 lbs, with black hair and gray eyes. He noted a scar near his left ankle. He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 23 December 1941. He was trained to maintain the weapons (armorer) on the B-25 Mitchell (excluding bombs). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 8 April 1944 a B-25D, # 43-3290, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron (Heavy), Yangkai, China, departed its airfield on a night combat mission southeast to Yulikau Bay when the bombers were attacked by seven enemy Zero fighters. From the flight of B-25s, two B-25s were missing and one was seen to crash. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hugo, Choctaw Co., Oklahoma.

 

His brother, Ronald Medlen, born in 1920, served in the USAAF, Staff Sergeant, # 6297785, 340th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Squadron, from 16 September 1939, and was killed in the training crash of a B-25 Mitchell near Savannah, Georgia, on 12 January 1943.