CAFFEY, FERRIS DWIGHT, First Lieutenant, # 0-1552033, USAAF

 

Ferris D. Caffey was born on 13 November 1919 in Washington, Laclede Co., Missouri, to Robert Frank Caffey (1898-1970) and Eunice Pauline (Hefton) Caffey (1898-1981) (married 12 July 1919, Phillipsburg, Laclede Co., MO). Siblings were Ralph Devay Caffey (1921-2004) and Frances Marie (Caffey) Sherrer (1928-1991). He and his mother were living with his paternal grandfather in 1920, Press F. Caffey (1860-1937) (widower of Nancy J. (Montgomery) Caffey (1862-1916 – married 1880) and aunts and uncles. He was married to Virginia A. (O’Kelly) Caffey (1923-1976), 1007 W. 29th St., Cheyenne, Wyoming, who subsequently married his brother, Ralph D. Caffey and they had two daughters.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF and he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India and detached to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China. The B-24 was downed and crashed, killing all aboard. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Creene Co., Missouri, on 14 July 1949 (Sec. 30, Grave 233).

 

His brother, Ralph D. Caffey, born 16 October 1921, served in the U.S. Army from 31 August 1942 to 29 January 1946 and was a supply inspector at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. He died 5 July 2004 and is buried in the Cheyenne Memorial Gardens, Cheyenne, Laramie Co., Wyoming.

WOOD, CLAUD ROGER, First Lieutenant, # 0-711575, USAAF

 

Claud R. “Buster” Wood was born on 22 June 1920 in Washington to Robert James Wood (1875-1945) and Jennie Alice (Rogers) Williamson nee Wood (1881-1965). Siblings were Pernie Anna (Wood) Sortland (1900-1962), Blanch J. (Wood) Knudson (1903-1972), Alpha Mae (Wood) Caraway (1905-1981), Robert James Wood Jr. (1912-1995), and Lester Alford Wood (1916-1916). He was married to Norma Jean (Heileson) Bates nee Wood (1923-2008) in 1941 in Ada, Idaho..

 

He enlisted in the U.S, Army on 13 December 1939. After transferring to the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India and detached to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China. The B-24 was downed and crashed, killing all aboard. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Wenatchee City Cemetery, Wenatchee, Chelan Co., Washington.