PRESLEY, NORVAN MAURICE, Flight Officer, # T-187105, USAAF

 

Norvan M. Presley was born in 1914 in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., Texas, to Ross Harris Presley (1883-1955) and Lillian Lorena (Powell) Presley (1890-1976). A brother was Howard Ross Presley (1917-1973). He graduated from Wichita Falls High School.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, resided at Rte 1, Box 23, Wichita Falls, Texas, and described himself as 5’6”, 130 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He was appointed a Flight Officer and entered USAAF service 11 August 1943 in Los Angeles, California. He was assigned to pilot the C-109 (B-24 transport). On 7 January 1945, a C-109 (transport version of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49016, assigned to Air Transport Command, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China. Its last contact was at 1400 hours, IST, with Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, advised of change of destination to Luliang, China. On 18 January 1945, the 1327th AAF BU advised Headquarters that it received a radiogram from Kunming, China, stating that a ground search party located the wreckage of the C-109 at about 16 miles NE of Mowting, China, at about 25º 20’ Nrth & 101º 32’ East. The Chinese at the scene reported that the C-19 crashed at1630 hours IST on 7 January 1945 after exploding in midair. The aircraft was a total loss and the crw were killed. Some papers, including the driver’s license of PFC Rabbitt were found.

 

His brother, Howard R. Presley, born 12 March 1917, served from 23 May 1944 to 20 March 1946. He died 17 November 1973 and is buried in the Crestview Memorial Park, Wichita Falls, Texas.

William A. Barringer

Joe D. Barringer

Norvan M. Presley

C-109 Liberator Express