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Lieut Cecil Conrad Day
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1917
Buchanan County
Virginia, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1943, India

He was the son of George Washington Day and Pearl L (Elswick) Day. He was a coal miner before entering the Army Air Corps.

2nd Lt Day was the bombardier on B-24J #42-73064, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. The plane crashed taking off from Pandaveswar airbase in India on a bombing mission, and all aboard were killed.


The body of Lieut. Cecil C. Day, bombardier with the U. S. Air Forces in India during World War II and son of George W. Day, will be laid to final rest tomorrow (Friday) in rites held in the Presbyterian Church at 2:30 P. M. David P. Harris Post, American Legion, will accord full military burial at Hankins Cemetery. Hurst-Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lt. Day was the first Richlands man to pay the supreme sacrifice of life in action against the enemy during World War II. He was killed in air action over Pandavesmar, India on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1943.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in July 1941 and after various stations of training, was commissioned Lieutenant on April 17,1943. He was sent overseas in June of that year and participated in several air missions over Jap occupied territory soon after arrival abroad.

Cecil was a football star at RHS and was graduated here in June 1937. He attended VPI for two years before entering the service.

(Richlands) News Progress
June 10, 1948

Submitted by #48281249
Family links: 
  George Washington Day (1892 - 1964)
  Sallie Pearl Elswick Day (1898 - 1942)
Hankins Cemetery
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Created by: dfr
Record added: Oct 04, 2012
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