EVANS, HERBERT WILLIAM, First Lieutenant, # 0-740778, USAAF


Herbert W. Evans was born on 29 December 1917 in Aberdeen, Brown Co., South Dakota, to Caradoc A. Evans (1875-1952) and Helen Mae (Hodson) Evans (1880-1977). Siblings included Ravena E. (Evans) Goodwyn (1903-1986), Wesley A. Evans (1910-    ). He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1935. He attended the University of South Dakota, major of journalism (Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Tau Theta, Playcrafters, Yearbook staff & K.U.S.D.) and graduated in 1939.


He enlisted in the USAAF (enlisted # 17005814) at Fort Meade, South Dakota, on 4 April 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 March 1944 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 41-24688, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 7, at Sookerating, India, departed Kunming, China, returning to Sookerating, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He was the co-pilot. The last radio contact was at about 0030 India ST and the radio operated asked for a course bearing, indicating they needed to verify their location in flight and were likely flying IFR (Instrument Flight Rules – no visibility). They are remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial Philippines. The remains of the crew were recovered, indistinguishable, and were buried in a group ceremony and grave in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, in 9 May 2006 (Sec. 60, Grave 8249). In 2001 the crash site was found and remains recovered. A marker was placed in the  Rapid City, South Dakota, for burial in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City, Pennington Co., South Dakota. Memorial markers are in the Black Hills National Cemetery (ME, 129), Sturgis, South Dakota, and the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.