MEAZELL, JAMES MAURICE, First Lieutenant, # 0-691111, USAAF
James M. Meazell was born on 7 April 1922 in Duncan, Stephens Co., Oklahoma Samuel Morris Meazell (1900-1947) and Bessie Lorene (Ellis) Thornton nee Meazell (1905-1989).
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 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a B-25H5, # 43-4213, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Feni, India, on a bombing misionover Monywa, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash about 10 miles SE of Kangamati, India, at about 0945 hours. SSgt Lester C. Bartlett, 39856237, saw the crash. One parachute was used. After its bomb run, it lost altitude and a parachute exited. The B-25 crashed and burned. Then the bombs on board exploded. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains and those of crewmen Ferrer, Henning, Kostanko, and Villalonga, were buried in a group ceremony together in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 14 May 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 55).
His father, Samuel M. Meazell, born 28 October 1900, served with the U. S. Navy Constrution Battalion (SeaBees), Unit # 555, and enlisted 31 July 1942 and was honorably discharged 9 April 1945, a BM 1st Class, # 4773340. He died on 3 January 1947 and is buried in the Duncan Cemetery, Duncan, Oklahoma.