43-47148         MACR 14931

 

On 21 September 1945 a C-46A Commando, # 43-47148, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1328th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a cargo mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump), one engine failed. The crew was:

                                      Pilot                             FO James (NMI) Powell                       T-224012

                                      Co-Pilot                       FO Edmund J. Webb                             T-192133

                                      Radio Operator            PFC Junior A. Jorgensen                      39217804

The wreckage was found near Shunning, China, southeast of Paoshan, China, pursuant to a report from the 1332nd AAF Base Unit. The next-of-kin listed were:

                                       Powell             Blodwyn E. Powell, W, 1327 Roland Ave., Chariton, Iowa

                                      Webb               Dorothy Thomson Webb, W, 1104 E. 11th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., Canada

                                       Jorgensen         Adolph M. Jorgensen, F, Onalaska, WA

 

POWELL, JAMES, Flight Officer (promoted to Second Lieutenant), # T-224012 (0-942644), USAAF

 

James “Shorty” Powell was born on 17 November 1911 in Mystic, Appanoose, Iowa, to David Powell (1859-1935) (Brecken, Wales) and Abigail (Sparnon) Powell (1871-1946) (New Tredgar, Monmouthshire, Wales) (married 19 April 1891, Appanoose Co., Iowa). Siblings were Wilford Ernest Powell (1892-1972), Robert D. Powell (1893-1898), Gwendolyn Margaret Powell (1897-1991), Harry Sparnon Powell (1889-1989), David Richard Powell (1902-1979), and Ross Powell (1905-1989). He was married to Blodwyn Cecelia (Evans) Cross nee Powell (1908-1998) on 15 July 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, and they had a son, James “Jimmie” Powell (1933-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by George Portis, resided at 1327 Roland Ave., Chariton, Iowa, and described himself as 5’4”, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He entered active duty on 8 May 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee. As an appointed Flight Officer, rated to fly multi-engine aircraft, he was assigned to fly the C-46 Commando. He earned his pilot wings. On 21 September 1945 a C-46A Commando, # 43-47148, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1328th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a cargo mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump), one engine failed. The wreckage was found near Shunning, China, southeast of Paoshan, China, pursuant to a report from the 1332nd AAF Base Unit. He was sent overseas to India on 27 March 1945 and returned 13 November 1945. He received an honorable separation on 3 November 1946. He was assigned to the 5th Ferrying Group, the 1328th AAF Base Unit, India, and the 2533rd AAF Base Unit, Goodfellow Field, San Angelo, Texas. He died on 5 June 1958 and was buried in the Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Carlsbad, Eddy Co., New Mexico. He was awarded the Air Medal.