HICKS, FLOY LEE, Sergeant, # 38404537, USAAF
Floy L. Hicks was born on 14 October 1924 in Hess, Jackson Co., Oklahoma, to Arthur Allen Hicks (1894-1965) and (1st spouse) Alva Mae (Hodges) Hicks (1904-1994) and (2nd spouse) Alpha Helen (Gray) Hicks (1897-1976). Siblings included Mary Frances (Hicks) Lillard (1915-2003), Mildred Beatrice (Hicks) Stone (1918-2009), Billie Louise (Hicks) Taylor (1921-2001), Dorothy Aline (Hicks) Ingledew (1921-1997), Bobby Jo (Hicks) McClusky (1929-2008), Herbert Wayne Hicks (1931-1972), and Albert Alvis Hicks (1937-2000).
He registered for the WWII draft on 21 December 1942, employed at the Altus airport, resided at 801 W. Commerce, Altus, OK, and described himself as 5’11”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained and sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 4 July 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, “Miz Matilda,” # 41-30010, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427 Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a utility mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He was a passenger on the flight. Its last radio contact was at 27° 32’ North and 95° 16’ East, 9 miles south of the Brahmaputra River, in the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Altus Cemetery, Altus, OK.
His brother, Herbert W. Hicks, born 25 December 1931, enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 11 July 1951 to 15 June 1955. He died 1 November 1972 in Los Angeles, CA.