WINGLER, GUY LLOYD, Corporal, # 42124163, USAAF


Guy L. Wingler was born on 10 September 1920 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, to Jesse Green Wingler (1884-1946) and Samantha Alverta (Woodie) Wingler (1889-1975) (married 25 December 1907, Ashe, NC). Sibling Grace Mae (Wingler) Hill (1911-1984), Paul Bunyan Wingler (1910-1910). He was married to Merry Malissa (Deaton) Wingler (1927-1979) and they had a daughter, Iris Ann Wingler (1945-2012).


He applied for appointment as an aviation cadet on 15 August 1942. He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 533 Bethpage Rd, Kannapolis, Cabarrus Co., NC, employed by Cannon Mills Co., and described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He noted that he had a “W” shaped scar on his forehead. He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Croft, South Carolina, on 26 September 1942. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, # 42-101219, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a combat cargo supply mission to Taungtha, Burma, during monsoon season. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Gillett, Oconto Co., Wisconsin. There was a recovery of crew remains and, indistinguishable, the remains were buried as a group (Schroeder, Formigli, Cowman, Wingler and three unknown) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 17 March 1950 (Sec. 82, Grave 38-D). The three unknown were likely so-called flight clerks, the “kickers” who impelled the supplies out of the C-46 cargo hatch as it made slow passes over the friendly ground troops.

Curtiss C-46 Commando over Himalayas