41-19043         L1

 

On 19 January 1945, a L-1C (Stinson Aircraft L-1 Vigilant), # 41-19043, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Liaison Group (Provisional), 5th Liaison Squadron, Bhamo, Burma, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a rescue mission to Kalagwe, Burma. It crashed behind enemy lines at about 1400 hours due to rough terrain. The pilot was TSgt Jack E. Lindgren, # 17063165. Capt. Richard Weisner, Assistant A-2, Headquarters, 10th Air Force, was in charge of a patrol trying to reach the location where TSgt Lindgren was last seen but was unable to do so due to Japanese troop concentration in the area. Sgt. Juntor D. Miller, 490th Bomb Squadron, reported seeing TSgt. Lindgren in the jungle at Panoa, Burma (map coord. SR-7111), and TSgt Lindgren was hit by enemy machinegun fire and injured. See Escape & Evasion Bulletin # 14, 13 February 1945 (10th Air Force).

 

Two other pilots landed at the crash scene: TSgt Eugene T. Goecers, 17065329, and TSgt Lucian E. Phillips, 62977627. The Stinson Aircraft L-1 Vigilant (Model 74) aircraft was for liaison, observation and utility use. It was routinely used for rough field rescue.

 

LINDGREN, JACK ERICK, Technical Sergeant, # 17063165, USAAF

 

Jack E. Lindgren was born on 21 July 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Erick William Lindgren (1893-1959) and Linnea D. (Holmquist) Lindgren (1895-1971). A sister was Florence Elsie Margaret (Lindgren) Bunn (1918-2017). He graduated from Technical High School, Omaha, Nebraska.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 5236 James South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, employed by Maxim Kunin, and described himself as 6’, 150 lbs, with blond hair, blue eyes and a scar on his nose. He enlisted in the USAAF in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 7 April 1942. He received fight instruction and other survival instruction and earned his enlisted pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 January 1945, a L-1C, # 41-19043, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Liaison Group (Provisional), 5th Liaison Squadron, Bhamo, Burma, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a rescue mission to Kalagwe, Burma. It crashed behind enemy lines at about 1400 hours due to rough terrain. The pilot was TSgt Jack E. Lindgren, # 17063165. Capt. Richard Weisner, Assistant A-2, Headquarters, 10th Air Force, was in charge of a patrol trying to reach the location TSgt Lindgren was last seen but was unable to do so due to Japanese troop concentration in the area. Sgt. Juntor D. Miller, 490th Bomb Squadron, reported seeing TSgt. Lindgren in the jungle at Panoa, Burma (map coord. SR-7111), and TSgt Lindgren was hit by enemy machinegun fire and injured. See Escape & Evasion Bulletin # 14, 13 February 1945 (10th Air Force). Two other pilots landed at the crash scene: TSgt Eugene T. Goecers, 17065329, and TSgt Lucian E. Phillips, 62977627. The Stinson Aircraft L-1 Vigilant (Model 74) aircraft was for liaison, observation and utility use. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Lakewood Memorial Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.