KETRON, CLOVIS, First Lieutenant, # 818068, USAAF
Clovis Ketron was born on 21 October 1919 in Stamford, Texas, to William Dee Ketron (1899-1969) and Bennie Mae Ketron (1900-1977). Siblings were Peggy Darline (Ketron) Wray (1925-2007), Bobby Ward Ketron (1928-2000), Nancy Helene Ketron (1933- ), Gary Don Ketron (1938-2008).
He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, employed by himself, Speedy Delivery, resided at 1924 13th St., Lubbock, TX, and described himself as 5’6”, 122 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent to India. On 19 October 1945 a B-25D, # 43-3668, assigned to 10th Air Force, 47th Depot Repair Group, 47th Hqs Squadron, Panagarh, India, departed the airfield on a flight to overfly Cuttack on a search mission, land at Vizagapatam and return to Cuttack. The B-25 could not be found on radio search at any station and it crashed thirteen miles from Udayagiri, India. After recovery of indistinguishable remains, three crewmen (Weston, Ketron & Ryle) were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 9 November 1949 (Sec. 79, Grave 501).
His brother, Bobby W. Ketron, born 13 January 1928, served in the military. He died 15 May 2000 and is buried in the Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, Texas.
His brother, Gary D. Ketron, born 2 September 1938, served in the U.S. Navy, Commander, from 1 July 1961. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 1974. He died 22 December 2008 in Lubbock, Texas.