BOGGUS, JEWELL HILL, First Lieutenant, # 0-790500, USAAF

 

Jewell H. Boggus was born on 11 April 1920 in Georgia to Samuel Baldwinn Boggus Jr. (1883-1951) and Maude Belle (Hill) Boggus (1891-1979). Siblings were Edward Roy Boggus (1906-    ) and Samuel Quillian Boggus (1912-1982). He was married to Vanita Marvalee (Myers) Boggus (1923-2002) on 23 November 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. They had a daughter.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, on 6 June 1941. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 August 1945 a C-46D Commando, # 44-78200, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, Dinjan, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) on a return to Dinjan, India. The C-46D flew through the Hump but when it was over Dinjan, the pilot could not see the field from low altitude and was diverted to Chabua, India. He answered over the field at Chabua and was low on fuel. He was seen by air traffic control at Chabua. He was cleared for an immediate landing. However, the C-46D did not land. The C-46 crashed and the crew killed. After recovery, the remains of 1stLt Boggus and Sgt. Glaub were indistinguishable and were buried together in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, on 9 December 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 27).

 

His brother, Edward R. Boggus, born 28 September 1907, served in the U.S. Army from 19 March 1943. He died 31 October 1962 in Clayton, Georgia.

 

His brother, Qullian S. Boggus, born 12 March 1912, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, from 4 August 1942 to 17 December 1945. He died 21 May 1982 and is buried in the West Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Monroe, Walton Co., Georgia.

HARLESS, JACK VERNON, Flight Officer, # T-7880, USAAF

 

Jack V. Harless was born on 11 September 1924 in Lenoir, Caldwell Co., North Carolina, to James Vernon Harless (1902-1983) and Pearl (Larney) Harless (1907-1982). Siblings were William Charles Harless (1926-1987) and Andrew F. Harless (1928-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, employed by the Lenoir Furniture Co., resided in rural Lenoir, CA, and described himself as 5’ 9 ½”, 136 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 August 1945 a C-46D Commando, # 44-78200, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, Dinjan, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) on a return to Dinjan, India.