HUTCHINGS, WILLIAM HOLLAND, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 11064264, USAAF
William H. Hutchings Jr. was born on 1921 to William H. Hutchings (1885-1934) (England) and Bertha Alice (Kippax) Hutchings (1892-1974), Fall River, Bristol Co., Massachusetts (married 5 November 1914, Fall River, MA). Siblings were John Kippax Hutchings (1916-1969) and Mabel (Hutchings) Paige (1924-1990). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandmother, Amelia Kippax (1858-1936) (England) (widow of John Kippax (1853-1927) (England).
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the
B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 March 1945 a B-25D-36NC, “Bit of Lace,” # 43-3671, assigned to 10th Air Force, 10th Weather Region Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Guskhara, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a staging mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio when it was near Myitkyina, Burma, after landing there and refueling. A pilot of another B-25, Lt. John C. Scales, tried to contact 43-3672 and got no replies. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother-in-law, Milton Coburn Paige Jr., born 22 October 1922, served in the U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Junior Grade, # 330604, from 29 May 1942 to 9 May 1946. He died 11 October 1989 in Portland, York Co., Maine. He was transferred from Shanghai, China, to Guam to LCI Flotilla Fifteen, in December 1945 on the U.S.S. LCI (L) (978).