44-40780

 

On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, β€œRed Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. The B-24 crashed and the crew was killed. The crew was:

 

                                            Pilot                             1stLt James W. Dunlap                         0-812556

                                            Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Theodore N. Dickson                 0-761903

                                            Navigator                    2ndLt Wayne S. Schlentz                      0-700666

                                            Bombardier                  2ndLt George A. Lescher                     0-702059

                                            Crew Chief                  TSgt William S. Clarke                         6900304

                                            Radio Operator            TSgt James W. Brown                          34623475

                                            Gunner                        TSgt Thaddeus S. Nocek                      16002106

                                            Gunner                        SSgt Harold R. Dawson                        17097658

                                            Gunner                        SSgt Ira J. Ingle                                    39042244

                                            Radar Observer           SSgt Walter E. Wilson                          18083642

The next-of-kin listed were:

                             Dunlap             Eleanor W. Dunlap, W, 805 ??lnton St., c/o E. R. Brown, South Bend, IN

                             Dickson           Magdaline T. Dickson, M, 919 S. M St., Tacoma, WA

                             Schlentz           Mary D. Schlentz, W, 623 Sexton St., Aurora, IL

                             Lescher            Florence C. Lescher, M, 4034 N. Campbell Ave., Chicago, IL

                            Clarke              Doc Clarke, F, Cleveland, VA

                            Brown              Willie D. Brown, M, 1625 Terry Rd, Jackson, Mississippi

                            Nocek              John Nocek, F, 5017 W. 23rd Place, Cicero, IL

                            Dawson           Clyde R. Dawson, F, Rte 4, Washington, Iowa

                            Ingle                Lillian Ingle, M, 1044 Neilson St., Albany, CA

                            Wilson             Madeline F. Senter, M, 504 W. Osing St., Denison, TX

DUNLAP, JAMES WILSON, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-812556, USAAF

 

James W. Dunlap Jr.was born on 26 June 1917 in Wheaton, DuPage Co., Illinois, to James W. Dunlap (1874-1960) (IL) and Florence Mae (Hewitt) Dunlap (1881-1978) (England). Siblings included Wilson Hewitt Dunlap (1909-1991), Byron Ernest Dunlap (1912-2000). His father was an electric railroad motorman in 1910-1940. He was married to Mary Eleanor (Proseus) Dunlap (1916-2009) on 29 December 1942 in Wheaton, Illinois.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Grant, Illinois, on 22 January 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, β€œRed Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The crew was killed. Burial was in the Rice Cemetery, Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Indiana.