His brother, John L. Costell Jr., born 2 January 1920, served in the U.S. Navy from 29 September 1939 to 19 December 1971. He died 17 August 1993 in Delaware.

HEDGES, CHARLES OSCAR, JR., Private First Class, # 17159249, USAAF


Charles O. Hedges Jr. was born on 17 October 1922 in Missouri to Charles O. Hedges (1899-1998) and Effie E. (Yost) Hedges (1903-1998) (married on 1 March 1920 in Stockton, Cedar Co., Missouri).


He registered for the WWII draft on 27 June 1942, employed by Harvey Spencer, residing on Rte 3, Stoickton, and described himself as 6’1”. 198 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on 26 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 February 1945 a B-24D (C-87 Express Liberator), # 41-24183, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a return from a cargo mission to Jorhat, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed in China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Stockton Cemetery, Stockton, MO. He was awarded the Air Medal.

C-87 Express Liberator