DAVIS, JACK CLARENCE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-706032, USAAF

 

Jack C. Davis was born on 27 October 1918 in Kansas to Andrew Hubert Davis (1886-1979) and Edna Pearl (Westerman) Davis (1888-1918) (married 2 December 1907, McPherson, KS). Siblings included Neva V. (Davis) Klinkerman (1908-1985), Glen L. Davis (1909-1998), Beuferd A. Davis (1911-1939), Vera Myrtle (Davis) Graber (1913-2010), Russell Roy Davis (1915-1998), and Floyd A. Davis. He was married to Grace Edna (Rehberg) Davis (1913-1993).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 22 March 1943 in Kansas. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to China. On 9 January 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4361, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a combat mission to Kep, Indochina. It was last sighted at about 1556 Z near 21º 52’ North & 104º 45’ East, as it climbed into overcast in mountainous terrain and was believed to have crashed into mountain. It was last seen by 1stLt Heinz H. Templin, 0-757123, 2ndLt Charles H. Aldrich, 0-700684, and 2ndLt Clifford G. Schillinger, 0-765327. 1stLt Templin reported that he was flying up the Red River Valley with one wing B-25H, 43-4361, when the ceiling lowered. He tried to fly under the overcast but due to rain ahead and low visibility, climbed on course. He was unable to contact 43-4361 by radio so he gestured to him to climb. At the above-stated time and coordinates, he climbed and lost sight of 43-4361. They came out of the overcast at 5,000’ and could not contact 43-4361. On 19 May 1945, very reliable information was received that the French found, in the area of Dong Cuong and Maha (21º 55’ North & 104º 40’ East – Yen Bai, Annam (Vietnam), the crashed B-25H, and the remains of the crewmen, who were buried on a hillside near the wreckage by the French, with pieces of fuselage as a marker. Major Bamman of the 69th Air Base Wing has notes on the information. The French military mission in China sent a message confirming the find. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Mound Township Cemetery, Moundridge, Kansas, in 1947.

KRUTE, EUGENE W., Second Lieutenant, # 0-765441, USAAF

 

Eugene W. Krute was born on 6 August 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Alexander Judson Krute (1894-1978) and Hazel Henrietta (Renftle) Krute (1900-1974) (married 18 February 1918, OH). Siblings included Elmer Krute (1918-1974), Everett A. Krute (1923-1999), Florence Eleanor Krute (1925-2004), Edward Frederick Krute (1939-2008), and one more brother and two sisters.

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in Cleveland, Ohio, on 15 October 1940 as a Private, Infantry. He was subsequently transferred to the USAAF. He was trained in the dual role of navigator and bombardier for the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to China.

Jack C. Davis