44-78204         C46D   Wilkerson  (MACR 14827)

 

On 4 August 1945, a Curtiss C-46D Commando, # 44-78204, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, North Myitkyina, Burma, departed the airfield at Yoke Obe on a flight to Chanyi, China. It crashed enroute and the crew were killed. The crew were:

 

                                            Pilot                             2ndLt Lawrence A. Wilkerson             0-782667

                                            Co-Pilot                       1stLt Gerald M. Kadet                         0-490996

                                            Radio Operator            Sgt George E. Hankison                      13168055

                                            Student Radio Op.       Cpl Charles M. Shull                            36869501

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                            Wilkerson        Dorothy M Wilkerson, W, 1723 Perry St, Jacksonville, FL

                                            Kadet              Jack J. Kadet, F, 7100 S. Shore Drv, Chicago, IL

                                            Hankison         Ellen E Hankison, M, 1301 Biltmore Ave, Dormont, PA

                                            Shull                Clara Shull, M, 108 Harvard St, Battle Creek, Mich.

WILKERSON, LAWRENCE A., Second Lieutenant, # 0-782667, USAAF

 

Lawrence A. Wilkerson was born on 24 November 1920 in Georgia to Clifford T. Wilkerson and Ruth (Evans) Hoober nee Wilkerson (1903-1950) (divorced in 1933). He married Dorothy Marjorie (Walker) Shaw nee Wilkerson (1924-1977) (NC) on 1 July 1944 in Jacksonville, Duval Co., Florida.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools through advanced school to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 August 1945, a C-46D, # 44-78204, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, North Myitkyina, Burma, departed the airfield at Yoke Obe on a flight to Chanyi, China. It crashed enroute and the crew were killed. After recovery from the Hawaii Schofield Mausoleum, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 16 March 1949 (Sec. F, Grave 1262). He was awarded the Air Medal.