43-4369           MACR 14519

 

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. The crew was:

                                            Pilot                             1stLt Lois G. Bains                  0-748888

                                            Navigator                    Unnamed Chinese Air Force officer

                                            Crew Chief                  Cpl Charles B. Knight              34808939

                                            Radio Operator            Cpl William C. Hawks             34729641

                                            Gunner                        Unnamed Chinese Air Force

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                      Bains               Jeanne E. Bains, W, 315 W. Fifth St., Breckenridge, TX

                                      Knight             Helen L. C. Knight, W, Rte 1 Box 405, Bessemer, Alabama

                                      Hawks             Caroline S. Hawks, M, Rte 1, Blountville, TN

BAINS, LOIS GARLAND, First Lieutenant, # 748888, USAAF

 

Garland L. Bains was born on 24 March 1918 in Oplin, Texas, to Otto Wylie Bain (1884-1961) and Beulah Emma (Needham) Bains (1891-1937) (married 24 August 1909, Taylor, TX). Siblings were Marvin Earl Bains (1911-1996), Thomas “Tommy” Francis Bains (1915-1990), Herschel Weldon Bains (1923-1985), and Ollie Myrtle (Bains) Bradshaw (1925-2011). He was married to Jeanne Elizabeth (Draper) Davis nee Bains (1919-1997) (MT).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Lubbock, Texas, on 27 May 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot 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 his remains were buried with the remains of Corporal Hawks (indistinguishable) in the Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

His brother, Marvin E. Bains, born 29 January 1911, served in the U.S. Army, Technician 4th Grade, from 10 March 1944 to 2 November 1945. He died 13 August 1996 and is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas (Whispering Pines Block, Lot 8, Grave 2).

 

His brother, Herschel W. Bains, born 19 January 1923, served in the military. He died 15 January 1985 and is buried in the Morgan Kimball Cemetery, Bosque Co., Texas.