Thomas E. Hopes' father completed a draft registration card for WW II - Res. - Mt. Everett Road, RFD # 1, Hubbard, OH; age 47; DOB 2 Oct 1894, born Hubbard, OH; work - Curtis Candy Co., IL; physical: 5' 10 1/2", 175 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes. Hopes' grandfather was Thomas Hopes (1870-1931) and grandmother, Sophia Fischer (1872-1914).
JORDAN, FRANCIS B , Staff Sergeant, Service # 19064268, U.S. Army Air Force
Born in 1920, Washington, Francis B. Jordan, to Charles (1892- ) and Magdalene Florence (Odom) Jordan (1899- ). Living in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California, in 1930, he enlisted 18 December 1941, in San Joaquin County, California. He had several siblings, including Lawrence (1916 ), Margaret (1922 ), Dorothy (1923 ), Charles (1924- ), and Mary (1930- ), Mary Lou (1934-1965). Upon enlistment, he was 5'7 1/2", 129 lbs. He was an assistant radio operator and gunner for the 493rd Bombadment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group, Heavy, 10th Air Force. He was on the same B-24J as SSgt. Hopes and SSgt. Tucker, et al, Tail # 42-73059, shot down on 14 November, 1943. He died from burn injuries and lack of medical care while a POW in the Rangoon enemy Cantonment. He was buried in the cantonment cemetery and his remains were recovered from grave # 122 of the cemetery by the Graves Registration team. He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. On 16 December 1943, the Oakland ribune reported on "Bay Area Soldiers Missing in Action," including "Staff Sgt. Francis B. Jordan, brother of Lawrence Jordan of Antioch."
KAVANAGH, ROBERT L , First Lieutenant, Service # 0-435791, U.S. Army Air Force
Robert L. Kavanagh was born 14 Frbruary 1914 in Tioga, Williams County, North Dakota, to John Russell Kavanagh (1881-1952) and Catherine Isabelle Cannon (1882-1951) and was also survived by a sister, Kathleen Lois Kavanagh (1918-2011). He enlisted 11 July 1941 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, while living in Swift County, Minnesota. He had a 4-year college degree and was a teacher before his service. He was an aviation cadet and described as 5'5" and 133 lbs. He completed flight training and was commissioned, then sent overseas to India. Assigned to the 492nd Bomardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group, 10th Air Force, his B-24D, Tail # 42513, was one of an eight bomber mission targeting enemy installations in Rangoon. Attacked by enemy fighters after their bomb run, his plane was hit and crashed northwest of Bassein, Burma. Three crew died in the crash. Kavanagh was wounded by enemy fire before being captured and imprisoned as a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment. He was last seen alive in the Rangon prison on 15 June 1943. He died there 22 June 1943 and was buried n the cantonment cemetery. His remains were recovered by the Graves Registration team then lost in the crash of the Graves Registration C-47B over the Bay of Bengal during violent and heavy monsoon rains. On 28 May 1943, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that 1stLt Robert L. Kavanagh, was missing in the Asiatic area; John Kavanagh, father, Rte # 1, Murdock.