HANLEY, THOMAS ROBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-755335, USAAF

 

Thomas R. Hanley was born on 8 August 1922 in Danbury, Connecticut, to Leonard F. Hanley (1893-1981) and Mary A. (Wirtes) Hanley (1894-195). Sibings included Leonard J. Hanley and Jean Marie (Hanley) Emmans (1929-1986).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 and described himself as 6’, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in Hartford, Connecticut, on 17 November 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3956, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Fenny, India, on a bombing mission over Bhamo, Burma. It was last seen at about 1140 hours NW of Monywa, Burma, near 22º 27’ North & 97º 20’ East. The last to see the B-25J was 1stLt Max W. Maxwell, 0-662967. Lt. Maxwell reported that he was flying a B-25J following Lt. Holland. The formation was ordered to spread out as it entered a line of thunderstorms. He got through with some violent turbulence. Coming out, he saw Lt. Holland and another bomber make a left turn in about a 35º bank to avoid a collision. He also sharply turned left and lost sight of Lt. Holland because of more violent storms. They were at about 13,000 feet. He did not see Lt. Holland’s bomber again. That was near the village of Okshingyi, Burma, north of Monywa. The remains of the crew were recovered but were indistinguishable and were buried in a common grave in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 20 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 87 & 88).

 

His father served in the U.S. Army during WW I from 26 April 1918 to 12 June 1919. He died 21 February 1981 and is buried in the New Saint Peter Cemetery, Danbury, CT.

HOOK, RONALD EDWARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-744312, USAAF

 

Ronald E. Hook was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 3 August 1916 to Leroy Hook (1887-1930) and Ruth Budd (Dill) Hook (1892-1948). A sister was Alice May (Hook) Hochstrasser (1912-1992). He was married to Hilda M. (Gregory) Hook, 2048 Yoast, Cincinnati, Ohio (10 October 1938 – Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri). In 1916 his father was a railroad fireman. In the 1930 census, his mother is widowed. His mother worked as a bookkeeper and Alice worked as a stenographer.

 

He was trained in navigation and as a bombardier for the B-25. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3956, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Fenny, India, on a bombing mission over Bhamo, Burma. It was last seen at about 1140 hours NW of Monywa, Burma, near 22º 27’ North & 97º 20’ East. The last to see the B-25J was 1stLt Max W. Maxwell, 0-662967. Lt. Maxwell reported that he was flying a B-25J following Lt. Holland. The formation was ordered to spread out as it entered a line of thunderstorms. He got through with some violent turbulence. Coming out, he saw Lt. Holland and another bomber make a left turn in about a 35º bank to avoid a collision. He also sharply turned left and lost sight of Lt. Holland because of more violent storms. They were at about 13,000 feet. He did not see Lt. Holland’s bomber again. That was near the village of Okshingyi, Burma, north of Monywa. The remains of the crew were recovered but were indistinguishable and were buried in a common grave in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 20 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 87 & 88). A marker was placed in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.