LANGHORST, FREDERICK WILLIAM, Second Lieutenant, # 0-810837, USAAF

 

Frederick W. Langhorst was born on 16 June 1921 in Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York, to Frederick H. Langhorst (1890-1971) and Frieda (Beckman) Langhorst (1899-1980). Siblings were Anna Langhorst (1918-    ) and Dorothy (Langhorst) Shaffer (1923-2007).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 2 July 1941. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator (C-109 cargo – fuel - AVGAS - variant, the Express Liberator). He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 July 1945 a C-109 Express Liberator (fuel transport varian of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49628, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, Assam Wing, India, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Hsinching, China. The aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, India, near Bishmaknagar village, and the crew was killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. On 18 November 2016, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announcd the recovery of his remains, which were buried with military honors on 26 November 2016 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

MCADOO, ROBERT LAFAYETTE, JR., Corporal, # 18082676, USAAF

 

Robert L. McAdoo Jr. was born on 1922 in Texas to Robert L. McAdoo (1898-1975) and Iris Marie (Weaver) McAdoo (1904-1967). He was married to Womens Army Air Corps Elizabeth Jane (Goeke) McAdoo on 17 January 1943. She subsequently married Samuel Floyd Harrill.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Dallas, Texas, on 19 August 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 July 1945 a C-109 Express Liberator (fuel transport varian of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49628, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, Assam Wing, India, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Hsinching, China. The aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, India, near Bishmaknagar village, and the crew was killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. On 18 November 2016, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announcd the recovery of some remains from the crash site, 3 miles northeast of the village of Bishmaknagar. He is remembered on his parents’ marker and memorial in the Overton City Cemetery, Overton, Rusk Co., Texas.