44-11103         MACR 11635

 

On 15 January 1945 a P-51C-10, # 44-11103, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Suichwan, China, to skip bomb and strafe enemy positions at Hong Kong. The pilot was Major David H. Houck, # 0-346117. He was seen to be hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire by 2ndLt Harold B. Tollett, 0-697239. His fighter plunged into the harbor water. He did not bail out.

 

HOUCK, DAVID HENRY WAINWRIGHT, Major, # 0-346117, USAAF

 

David H. W. Houck was born on 26 December 1914 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, to Harry E. Houck (1868-    ) (MD) and Nellie W. Houck (1884-    ) (MD) . Sibling was Elizabeth W. Houck (1906-    ).  He graduated from John Hopkins University in 1935 with a B.S. in Engineering. Living with them in 1920 was his paternal grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth (Murray) Houck (1847-1928) (MD).

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army, Engineering Corps, in April 1941 and later transferred to the USAAF. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. He was sent overseas to India then to China in December 1944 to command the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. On 15 January 1945 a P-51C-10, # 44-11103, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Suichwan, China, to skip bomb and strafe enemy positions at Hong Kong. The pilot was Major David H. Houck, # 0-346117. He was seen to be hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire by 2ndLt Harold B. Tollett, 0-697239. His fighter plunged into the harbor water. He did not bail out. It was believed he died in the crash. He was captured by the enemy and tried for indiscriminate bombing, He was convicted and on 6 April 1945 killed by a firing squad at Sheko Bay, Hong Kong, China. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Baltimore Co., Maryland.