GERMAN, JAMES HEYWOOD, Flight Officer, # T-223864, USAAF

 

James H. German was born on 11 August 1917 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, to Woodward White German (1884-1959) and Lillian A. (Schneider) German (1887-1981) (married 6 February 1908, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky). Siblings were Woodward White German (1909-1986), Elsie S. German (1919-    ). Living with them in 1920-1930 was his maternal grandmother, Elise Schneider (1850-    ). He was married to Kathleen Agnes (Alexander) Moulder nee German (1919-1968) on 8 October 1938 in Jeffersonville, Clark Co., Indiana.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at the Sutherland Hotel, 47th & Drexel Blvd., 121 N. Keats Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, employed by the Chicago Cardinals, and described himself as 6’, 175 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the C-46 Commando and was multi-engine rated. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India to fly with the important Jungle Rescue Squadron. The mission they flew were some of the most dangerous, at low levels through mountain ranges and over jungle, seeking downed airmen to rescue and often flying almost daily over a crash as ground rescuers or parachuted rescuers were guided to the crash. On 8 August 1946 a Curtiss C-46 Commando of the 1328th AAF Base Unit (Air & Jungle Rescue), departed “Hastings Mill” on a flight. It crashed near Tezpur, India, and all aboard were killed. After recovery from the Kailakunda American military cemetery in India, his remains were buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky.

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