LAWRENCE, JACK FRANCIS, Private First Class, # 18149692, USAAF


Jack F. Lawrence was born on 5 February 1924 to Elmo Francis Lawrence (1896-1977) (IL) and Willie Lee (Maroney) Lawrence (1903-1975) (AR). Siblings included Col. Evelyn Norma Lee Lawrence, U.S.A.F. (1922-1986), Dorothy June Lawrence (1926-2004), Garland R. Lawrence, and Betty Jean (Lawrence) Perkins (1936-2007). His father was a blacksmith and welder in 1930 and a welder in 1940.


He enlisted in the USAAF in Louisiana on 4 September 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando transport. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 December 1944, at 1642 Z, a C-46A, # 42-96549, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Mehanbari, India, on a transport mission to Kunming, China. There was no contact with it after departure and it did not land. On 26 December 1944, the C-46A was found, crashed and burned, the crew killed, about 12 miles NE of Kunming, China. The remains were buried in the airfield cemetery at Kunming, China. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Kunming, China, his remains were buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana.


His sister, Evelyn N. L. Lawrence, born 14 June 1922, served in the U.S. Air Force during WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. She retired as a Colonel. She died on 13 July 1986 and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Curtiss C-46 Commando