Following radiograms in file:

HERE IS PARAPHRASE FROM PEERS DATED TWO ONE JAN CLN AIR ACTION EIGHTEENTH CMA FORMATION THIRTEEN ENEMY FIGHTERS HEADING NORTH OVER KAJITU AT ELEVEN FORTY FIVE HRS SMA BRITISH OFFICER INFO BELIEVES THREE HIGH ALTITUDE BOMBERS FLYING SAME COURSE PRD FOUR ZEROS INTERCEPTED THREE TRANSPORTS HEADING SOUTH AT POINT NAN YOKE FOUR THREE SIX THREE CMA APPROX QUARTER MILE EAST KAJITU PRD SMOKE FROM POSSIBLE CRASHED PLANES SEEN LATER AT NAN YOKE SIX EIGHT FIVE ONE PRD OBSERVATION OF DESCENDING PARACHUTE CLAIMED BY LEVY SOLDIERS AT APPROX NAN YOKE FIVE NINE FIVE NINE CMA SAME BEING CHECKED BY BRITISH OFFICER AND SCOUTING PARTIES TO ALL AREAS PRD JAP PLANES REPORTEDLY ENGAGED BY NINE AMERICAN FIGHTERS OVER NTAWNG NAN YOKE FIVE FOUR SEVEN TWO ACCORDING VILLAGERS WHO CLAIM SINGLE JAP FIGHTER PROBABLY CRASHED NEAR NINGJATATAWNG NAN YOKE TWO SIX FIVE FOUR SINCE IT WAS HEADING WEST AND SMOKING PRD TWO GAS TANKS FOUND NEAR VILLAGE ARE BEING BROUGHT IN PRD SIX TRANSPORTS WERE SAID TO BE ESCORTED BY OUR NINE FIGHTERS PRD SALVAGE PARTY TO NAN YOKE SIX EIGHT FIVE ONE WRECKAGE IS ACCOMPANIED BY AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER CMA DISPATCHED BY AREA EASY AGENT PRD OBTAINING PHOTOS AND AIDING IDENTIFICATION WERE HIS INSTRUCTIONS PRD BODIES WILL BE BURIED AT CRASH LOCATION CMA WILL FOLLOW SAME PROCEDURE AT ANY OTHER WRECKS.

R JTY NR 1 230208 BH

 

C-47, 41-19476, pilot, Captain Larson, Ferde A., 0-729190, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, APO 487, reported missing by 10th USAF 129 on 19 January 1944. Radiograms received from agents of U.S. Army Experimental Station read as follows:

 

AIR ACTION 18TH FORMATION 13 ENEMY FIGHTERS HEADING NORTH OVER KAJITU AT 1145 HOURS. BRITISH OFFICER INFORMATION BELIEVES 3 HIGH ALTITUDE BOMBERS FLYING SAME COURSE. FOUR ZEROS INTERCEPTED 3 TRANSPORTS HEADING SOUTH AT POINT NY 4363 APPROX ½ MILE EAST KAJITU. SMOKE FROM POSSIBLE CRASHED PLANES SEEN LATER AT NY 6851. OBSERVATION OF DESCENDING PARACHUTE CLAIMED BY LEVI SOLDIERS AT APPROX NY 5959. SAME BEING CHECKED BY BRITISH OFFICER AND SCOUTING PARTIES TO ALL AREAS. JAP PLANES REPORTEDLY ENGAGED BY 9 AMERICAN FIGHTERS OVER NTAWNG NY 5472 ACCORDING VILLAGERS WHO CLAIM SINGLE JAP FIGHTER PROBABLY CRASHED NEAR NINGJATAWNG NY 2654 SINCE IT WAS SMOKING AND HEADED WEST.

LARSON, FERDE ARTHUR, Captain, # 0-729190, USAAF

 

Ferde A. Larson was born 2 July 1918 in Nebraska to Chester Arthur Larson (1881-1968) and Signa H. (Almen) Larson (1884-1963). Brothers were Dale O. Larson (1915-1969) and Vernon C. Larson (1914-1919). He was a graduate of Luther College, Wahoo, Nebraska, and Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska. His father was a hardware merchant. He married Eleanor Amelia Gustafson (1920-1972) in Mead, Nebraska, in 1939. Dale O. Larson was the Wahoo High School coach.