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HASTINGS, ALVIN LEON, Staff Sergeant, # 35357272, USAAF

 

Alvin Leon “Pete” Hastings was born 27 June 1918 in Danville, Indiana, to Paul David Hastings (1890-    ) and Effie Elizabeth (Kersey) Hastings (1894-1946), the fourth child. He had four siblings, including Gerald Dayton Hasting (1913-1946), Harold Paul Hastings (1917-2000) and two sisters. He enlisted 13 June 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana, while residing in Morgan County, Indiana. After training, he served as an armorer-gunner on the B-25J Liberator downed by enemy aircraft fire on 1 December 1943, assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron, 10th Air Force, after bombing the railway yards and shops at Insein, Burma. He parachuted safely but was captured and a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment, Burma. He was liberated in May 1945. On 15 December 1964 he married Vivian (    ) Hastings and owned a restaurant. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and, like many POW veterans, had difficulty living normally. He died 16 January 1965 after suffering exposure to freezing cold when his automobile became stuck in the snow and is buried in the Hadley Friends Cemetery. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross,

Brother Harold P. Hastings, born 11 March 1917, served during WW II as well, from 23 January 1943 (enlisted Los Angeles, California).   Alvin L. Hastings married Vada Pearl Ridout (1912-1993) in 1943. He died 8 January 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is buried in the Hadley Friends Cemetery, Hadley, Indiana.

10 September 1943 - Muncie Evening Press (Muncie IN) - THREE FROM INDIANA GIVEN FLYING CROSSES

The 10th Air Force announced today the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to airmen who took off from India and plastered Japs in Burma, Thailand and the Andaman Islands, to Staff Sergeant Alvin L. Hastings of RFD 3, Martinsville, Indiana.

16 September 1943 - Muncie Evening Press - Staff Sergeant Alvin L. Hastings received the Air Medal for participation in heavy aerial bombardments of the enemy.

31 December 1943 - The Indianapolis News - Staff Sergeant Alvin L. Hastings, son of Mrs. Effie L. Hastings, RFD 3, Martinsville, is missing in action.

11 May 1945 - Journal and Courier (Lafayette IN) - Prayed-For News Reaches Parents - Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Hastings of Martinsville were only too happy today to be able to return death benefits received from an insurance company after their son, Staff Sergeant Alvin Leon Hastings was assumed dead. The Hastings had kept the death fund intact in the faint hope that Alvin, reported missing since December 1, 1943, might still be alive, even though the insurance company considered him dead and the war department had sent the family his clothing and medals. Then, after a year and a half, the prayed-for-news arrived. Sgt. Hastings had been found in a Japanese prison camp in Burma. He was captured when the B-24J on which he was a tail gunner was forced down. The Hastings have three other sons in military service.

11 June 1945 - The Indianapolis Star - Nuptial Date Set - Mr. and Mrs.Alva Harness, announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Helen Marie Harness, and Staff Sergeant Alvin L. Hastings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Hastings, Martinsville. Sgt. Hastings was a POW of the Japanese for 18 months. The wedding will take place Saturday.

21 August 1963 - The Indianapolis Star - Mr. Paul D. Hastings, formerly of Lawrence, Indiana, entered into rest [passed away] Monday at Bedford, Indiana, age 72. Husband of Mary Hastings, father of Mrs. Margaret (Hastings) Ensminger, Mrs. Ruth (Hastings) George, Mr. Gerald Hastings, Mr. Harold Hastings, Mr. Alvin (Pete) Hastings, brother of Mr. Sherrill Hastings, Mr. Wilbur Hastings and Mrs. Alvin Hastings, stepfather of five, also 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Services Thursday, 1 p.m., at Harry W. Moore Arlington Chapel, 5811 E. 38th St. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Wednesday.