HODGE, LESLIE W., Second Lieutenant, # 0-822008, USAAF

 

Leslie W. Hodge was born in 27 June 1916 in New York to George Edward Hodge (1880-1964) (Tendring, Essex, England) and Rosa M. (Strassburg) Hodge (1882-1965) (NY) (who had a sister name Wilhelmina and a brother-in-law named Albert). Siblings included Beatrice Emma Augusta (Hodge) Moodie (1903-1982), Audrey I. (Hodge) Beaver (1910-1981), George Albert Hodge (1915-1997), and Wilhelmina Alice (Hodge) Zajan (1918-1978). He graduated from Niagara Falls High School. He was married to Ruth (Jennings) Hodge on 27 June 1936 in Niagara Falls, New York and who upon his death resided in Rochester, New York.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on 1 February 1943. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools, was multi-engine rated, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 October 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3964, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, Fenny, India, departed its airfield on a combat mission to the bridge at Nyaungyan, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash after being attacked by enemy fighters. Sgt Charles E. Quiggle, 37270775, saw it crash. He reported that it was a twelve-ship formation and they were attacked by enemy fighters head on. After hearing the warning, “Japs.” The bombers salvoed their bombs and turned to return to base. He watched the B-25 lose altitude rapidly, right engine on fire, and it crashed near Dayegaung, Burma. There was a large explosion and a parachute billowed from the crash. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

MAULDIN, GEORGE LESLIE, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-703142, USAAF

 

George L. Mauldin Jr. was born on 26 December 1920 in San Saba, Texas to George Leslie Mauldin (1895-1977) and Ruby Lee (Bledsoe) Mauldin (1896-1967). Siblings included Eloise Ovella Mauldin (1918-2004) and Douglas Wilburn Mauldin (1922-1981). He was married to Thelma D. (Henry) May nee Mauldin (1921-2017) in 1943.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, was unemployed, resided at 518 10th Ave, Texas City, Galveston, TX, and described himself as 5’6”, 135 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Houston, Texas, on 31 July 1942. He was trained in the dual capacity of navigator and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 October 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3964, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, Fenny, India, departed its airfield on a combat mission to the bridge at Nyaungyan, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash after being attacked by enemy fighters. Sgt Charles E. Quiggle, 37270775, saw it crash. He reported that it was a twelve-ship formation and they were attacked by enemy fighters head on. After hearing the warning, “Japs.” The bombers salvoed their bombs and turned to return to base. He watched the B-25 lose altitude rapidly, right engine on fire, and it crashed near Dayegaung, Burma. There was a large explosion and a parachute billowed from the crash. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Douglas W, Mauldin, born 6 October 1922, served in the USAAF from 6 February 1943, and the U.S. Air Force, a Lieutenant Colonel. He died 29 January 1981 and is buried in the Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery, Goldthwaite, Mills Co., Texas.