CANNON, CHARLES ALBERT, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-704460, USAAF
Charles A. Cannon Jr. was born 28 August 1919 in Concord, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina to Charles A. Cannon (1892-1971) and Ruth Louise (Coltrane) Cannon (1891-1965). Siblings were William Coltrane Cannon (1913-1990), Mariam Winslow (Cannon) Hayes (1916-2007), and Mary Ruth (Cannon) Spencer 1922-2005). He was married to Mildred Shreve (White) Everist nee Cannon (1818-1976) on 21 September 1940 in Durham, Durham Co., North Carolina and who was living in Sioux City, Iowa. They had a son. The “Charles A. Cannon Memorial Hospital” was named in his honor.
He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 94 N. Union St., Concord, NC, employed by the Cannon Mills Co., and described himself as 5’7”, 148 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent to India. On 10 March 1945 a B-25D-36NC, “Bit of Lace,” # 43-3671, assigned to 10th Air Force, 10th Weather Region Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Guskhara, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a staging mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio when it was near Myitkyina, Burma, after landing there and refueling. A pilot of another B-25, Lt. John C. Scales, tried to contact 43-3672 and got no replies. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker in the Oakwood Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina. He is remembered on the tablets of the Nanjing Memorial, China. He was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.