HASTINGS, BILLY HAROLD, First Lieutenant, # 1590926, USAAF

 

Billy H. Hastings was born on 17 December 1920 in Vinita, Craig Co., Oklahoma, to Allen William Hastings (1891-1925) (Buffalo, MO) and Lettye May (Stilley) Hastings (1899-1989) (KS) (married 3 January 1920, Craig Co., OK).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 3251 Julian, Littleton, Denver Co., Colorado, employed by Coleman Motors Corp., and described himself as 6’, 200 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was married to Lousana C. Hastings, Denver, Colorado. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the C-47 Skytrain transport and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 June 1945, a C-47B, “Beth Ann,” # 43-48730, assigned to 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Tactical Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a cargo (drums of fuel) air supply mission to Yewe Taung, Burma. Last contact with the C-47B was by radio with Cpl. Joe Collins, 38513054. The search for the C-47B was led by Capt. Alfred Kaufman, 0-412427. Five C-47s and 2 L-5 (Stinsons) of the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron searched the area. Air Jungle Rescue searched the target area with two L-5s. The search operation was hampered by low hanging scud clouds (heavy rain). The pilot of the missing C-47B had informed the Warazup tower he had climbed out of the top of ground fog. At 0548, the C-47B radio operator reported to the squadron their departure and destination as Bhamo, Burma. The air supply mission was to drop fuel drums by parachute to an air warning station. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

PETTIT, HAROLD STACY, Second Lieutenant, # T-4947, USAAF

 

Harold S. Pettit was born on 23 December 1923 in Richards, Grimes Co., Texas, to Edward Lennis Pettit (1892-1962) (Fort Smith, AR) and Ruby York (Hatchett) Pettit (Alvord, TX) (married 22 November 1917, Wise Co., TX). A brother was Edward York Pettit (1919-1996). He was married to Patricia E. Pettit, Dallas, Texas.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, resided in Bryon, Brazos Co., Texas, was a college student, and described himself as 6’1”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted (# 18242220) in the USAAF in Texas and accepted his immediate commission as a Flight Officer (posthumously appointed a Second Lieutenant effective 18 June 1946) on 27 June 1944 based upon prior experience as a pilot and multi-engine rating. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 June 1945, a C-47B, “Beth Ann,” # 43-48730, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Tactical Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a cargo (drums of fuel) air supply mission to Yewe Taung, Burma. Last contact with the C-47B was by radio with Cpl. Joe Collins, 38513054. The search for the C-47B was led by Capt. Alfred Kaufman, 0-412427. Five C-47s and 2 L-5 (Stinsons) of the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron searched the area. Air Jungle Rescue searched the target area with two L-5s. The search operation was hampered by low hanging scud clouds (heavy rain). The pilot of the missing C-47B had informed the Warazup tower he had climbed out of the top of ground fog. At 0548, the C-47B radio operator reported to the squadron their departure and destination as Bhamo, Burma. The air supply mission was to drop fuel drums by parachute to an air warning station. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Rosemound Cemetery, Commerce, Hunt Co., Texas. He was awarded the Purple Heart.