HUDSON, HOBSON EUGENE, Flight Officer, # T-64499, USAAF
Hobson E. Hudson was born in 1912 in Holly Springs, Fayette Co., Alabama, to Eugene W. Hudson (1871-1949) and Frances E. “Fannie” Hudson (1888-1976). Siblings were Leon Henry Hudson (1904-1976), James Lecil Hudson (1905-1992), Eula Mae (Hudson) Brookins (1907-1999), Vela Jean (Hudson) Lunsford (1909-1992), and Kermit Wilson “Shorty” Hudson (1914-1991).
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. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 43-47213, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1337th AAF Base Unit, Sookerating, India, completed a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. It departed Kunming on a return flight. Their radio operator tried to contact Sookerating ATC and although heard by Sookerating, no contact from Sookerating got through. The C-46 was 3 ½ hours out of Kunming, at 12,500’ on a heading of 300° and was lost. They had run out of oxygen and 2 crewmen were passed out. A British search team located the wreckage of the C-46 on 22 November 1945 seven miles due west of Menikrai, Sadiya Pradesh, India. They found all four bodies of the crew. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the Bethabara Cemetery, Berry, Fayette Co., Alabama. He was awarded the Air Medal.
His brother, Kermit W. Hudson, born 2 March 1914, served in the U.S. Army from 14 December 1942 to 14 July 1945. He died 24 August 1991 and is buried in the Bethabara Cemetery, Berry, Fayette Co., Alabama.