1LT Hoy Clyde Bonnett Jr.


1LT Hoy Clyde Bonnett Jr.

Magdalena, Socorro County, New Mexico, USA
Death 29 Feb 1944 (aged 26)
Abbeville, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Burial Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Plot B Row 12 Grave 28
Memorial ID 56642506 View Source
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Son of Hoy Clyde Sr and Minnie M Bonnett.

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

First Lieutenant Hoy Clyde Bonnett, Jr., born 18 Feb 1918, was the son of Hoy and Minnie Matilda (Potter, Wheeler) Bonnett of Magdalena, Socorro County, New Mexico. Magdalena is 86 miles south southwest of Albuquerque.
In the 1920 census 22-month-old Hoy is living with his parents and half-brother Vernon Wheeler 9, on Main street in Magdalena. His father is a laborer. Hoy's parents divorced some time before the 1930 census. In the 1930 census Minnie is living with her mother, Fannie Potter, and son Vernon 20, still in Magdalena and Hoy Sr is living in Santa Fe. Hoy Jr who would have been 12 is not in either parent's or grandparent's households.

Hoy was a 17-year-old freshman (fraternity pledge?) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in the fall of 1935 when he was arrested along with 11 other freshmen for stealing a trailer of wood from a construction site for a big bonfire for a UNM football rally. All were released on their own recognizance.

In the 1940 census 22-year-old Hoy is a lodger in the household of Samuel P McCreary at 218 S Broadway in Albuquerque, NM. Hoy is a clerk for a wholesale paper company.

Hoy enlisted in the Air Corps 16 Jan 1942 at Albuquerque. He'd had three years of college and was single without dependents. He was semi-skilled as an oiler of machinery. He was 5'9" and weighed 148 lbs. He was ultimately assigned to the 451st Bomb Squadron of the 322nd Bomb Group (M) flying B-26 Marauders.

Hoy married Marietta Brummett 3 Nov 1942 in Hillsborough County (Tampa), Florida. Marietta was from Victoria, Texas. Hoy must have met her while in flight training at Victoria. He was probably in some form of advanced flight training in Florida by that fall.

Hoy's father died in 1943.

The 322nd BG was flying out of RAF Andrews Field (also known as RAF Great Saling) a former Royal Air Force station located 4 miles (6.4 km) east-northeast of Great Dunmow Essex, England, 38 miles northeast of London.

The NARA WWII casualty listings for New Mexico show Bonnett, Hoy C Jr, 1 Lt from Bernalillo County as killed in action 29 Feb 1944. On 29 Feb 1944 Lt. Hoy Bonnett and crew were seen to go down over target. Crew members with him were Lts. Clifton Rozelle "Roz" Freeman and J. L. Smith (combat camera unit), Sgts. James Ley, Kenneth Grothouse, John J. Smith, and George Luke.

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Entered the service from New Mexico.


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