41-11908         MACR 807

 

On 10 September 1943 a C-87 (B-24 cargo variant, Express Liberator), # 41-11908, assigned to 10th Air Force, 22nd Transport Group, 77th Transport Squadron, Jorhat, India, departed the airfield at 0557 IST on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. It crashed near Njawntawng, Hukwang River Valley, Burma. The crew was:

                                         Pilot                             2ndLt Hartvig Larsen                          0-1698904

                                         Co-Pilot                       2ndLt James E. Sasser                         0-678437

                                         Navigator                    2ndLt Norman I. Hicks                        0-797003

                                         Radio Operator            MSgt James A. McVicar                     6725300

                                         Crew Chief                  MSgt Dudley V. McCue                      6554498

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                         Larsen              Herman Larsen, F, 2815 Spaulding St., Omaha, NE

                                         Sasser              Mary R. Sasser, W, Rte 1 Box 133, Corbin, KY

                                         Hicks               Beulah A. Hicks, M, 15 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC

                                         McVicar           Grace Asquith, S, 4855 ?ulbut, Detroit, Mich.

                                         McCue             Virginia H. McCue, W, 1186 Marion St., Salem, OR

LARSEN, HARTVIG LINBACH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-1698904, USAAF

 

Hartvig L. Larsen was born on 17 October 1919 in Sioux Rapids, Buena Vista Co., Iowa, to Hartvig (Herman) L. Larsen (1888-1969) (Hjarring, Jylland, Denmark) (and Anna (Linbach) Larsen (1891-1973) (Aalborg, Jylland, Denmark) (married 19 February 1918, Hjarring, Jylland, Denmark). Siblings were Martha Larsen (1916-1921), Frances Larsen (1918-    ), Helen Larsen (1924-    ), Harold Larsen (1926-2015). His father was a cement designer for a stone factory in 1940 and was imprisoned in the state prison at Fort Madison, Lee Co., Iowa, 23 December 1944.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Crook, Nebraska, on 8 July 1940. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the C-87 Express Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 September 1943 a C-87 (B-24 cargo variant, Express Liberator), # 41-11908, assigned to 10th Air Force, 22nd Transport Group, 77th Transport Squadron, Jorhat, India, departed the airfield at 0557 IST on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. It crashed enroute and was never found. It crashed near Njawntawng, Hukwang River Valley, Burma. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.