KNIGHT, CHARLES BRACK, Corporal, # 34808939, USAAF

 

Charles B. Knight was born on 8 February 1925 in Hueytown, Bessemer Co., Alabama to Brack Knight (1902-1975) and Vannie Mae (Dabbs) Knight (1909-1978). Siblings were Robert E. Knight (1926-2011), Pansy Rosemary (Knight) King (1928-2005), Gerald V. Knight (1936-    ). He was married to Helen L.C. Knight.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 8 February 1943, employed by Nashville Bridge Co., resided in rural Bessemer, AL, and described himself as 5’10”, 185 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on 15 June 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his creman wings. He was sent through India to China. On 26 May 1945 a B-25H, # 43-4369 assigned to 14th Air Force, 1st Bomb Group, 2nd Bomb Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed on a low-level bombing mission on Ping Han railroad, section 7, between Chenghsien and Sinyang, a target well protected by anti-aircraft and small arms fire. The B-25 crashed near Chu-Mai-Tien Village, Chuzhou, Chuxian Province, China. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Bessemer, Alabama.

HAWKS, WILLIAM C., Corporal, # 34729641, USAAF

 

William C. Hawks was born in 1924 in Virginia. His mother was Caroline S. Hawks. I have unable to find accurate information about the family which I can corroborate. Please use the contact page if you can help.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 9 April 1943, while he resided in Sullican Co., Tennessee. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his creman wings. He was sent through India to China. On 26 May 1945 a B-25H, # 43-4369 assigned to 14th Air Force, 1st Bomb Group, 2nd Bomb Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed on a low-level bombing mission on Ping Han railroad, section 7, between Chenghsien and Sinyang, a target well protected by anti-aircraft and small arms fire. The B-25 crashed near Chu-Mai-Tien Village, Chuzhou, Chuxian Province, China. After recovery from China, his remains were buried with those (indistinguishable) of 1stLt Bains, in the Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.