Michael John M. Hosier

Michael John M. Hosier

Birth
Death 20 Feb 1943 (aged 19)
Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 7866606 View Source
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Hosier was born on August 31st, 1923. He served as Leading Aircraftman for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His service number is 1323691. After the fleet had left it was decided that the cross-country flight to the No. 3 British Flying Training School in Oklahoma be cancelled, and the pilots called back due to inclement weather conditions. However, the call did not reach them in time. On February 20th, 1943 two planes, Cockman piloting and his navigator Frank Frostick on one AT-6 and Mike Hosier piloting and his navigator Maurice Jensen on another, struggled to see the best as they could through the heavy mist, but by the time the menacing Kiamichi mountains before them came into sight, it was too late. He was only nineteen years old when after avoiding the mountains collided with a tree. Local rescuers found Cockman’s head turned to face Frostick, suggesting that Cockman lived a short while after impact, but both were believed to have died shortly after. Jensen and Hosier tried to fly over the mountain but lost control and endured head-on collision into the southern end of Johns Valley, but the wreckage was not discovered until a day later. Rescuers on site found that a large rock on the mountain had been thrown out by the impact from Hosier and Jenson’s plane creating “a natural tombstone”. The fleet of nineteen planes were on a cross-country flight bound for Miami, Oaklahoma, but three were lost. Survivors Wilbur Wright and John Wall managed to land safely. A monument was erected called the "AT6 Monument" with an inscription that reads, “Dedicated to the spirit of cooperation between the U.K. and the U.S. in memory of British cadets Vincent H. Cockman, Frank R. W. Frostick, Michael J. Hosier, Maurice L. Jensen. Killed in these mountains February 20, 1943 while training during WWII and buried in Terrell, TX.” The memorial stands amidst a pine tree glade just off State Highway 2 on Big Mountain north of Moyers, Oklahoma. Every year a memorial ceremony is held on the anniversary of the accident to commemorate the fallen cadets.


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1323691 L-A-C R.A.F. 'Even his sad thoughts leapt and shone.'