41-30458         MACR

 

On 11 July 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30458, assigned to 14th Air Force, Kweilin, China, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a ferrying mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crash site was found east of Chabua, India, and recovery of crew remains completed by a U.S. Army Graves Registration team. The crew and passenger was:

                                     Pilot                             1stLt Winthorp P. Sears                       0-436540

                                     Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Gerald (NMI) Breckenridge      0-731937

                                     Bomb/Navigator         2ndLt Wallace R. Bardon                     0-733129

                                    Crew Chief                  SSgt Ernest R. Stlunka                         38134547

                                    Radio Operator            SSgt Albert J. Kulba                             32545379

                                    Gunner                        Sgt Lawrence E. Adams                        13029074

                                    Passenger                     SSgt James K. Daniel                           34258754     10th AF, Karachi, India

No next of kin list was in the folder.

 

SEARS, WINTHROP PARISH, First Lieutenant, # 0-436540, USAAF

 

Winthrop P. Sears was born on 12 April 1918 in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, to Sears and Louise (Osborne) Davies nee Sears (1892-    ). His step-father was Lynn Gough Davies (1886-1955) (married in 1925, Philadelphia, PA).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF on 7 December 1941, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China on about 2 May 1942. On 11 July 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30458, assigned to 14th Air Force, Kweilin, China, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a ferrying mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crash site was found and recovery of crew remains completed by a U.S. Army Graves Registration team. After recovery from overseas, the indistinguishable remains of the crew (Sears, Breckenridge, Daniel, Dawson, Kulba, Stlunka & Adams) were buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 20 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 85 & 86).

 

His step-father, Lynn G. Davies, born 22 May 1886, served in the U.S. Army, 1st Lieutenant, 165th Depot Brigade, during WWI from 27 November 1917 to 5 December 1918. He died 22 July 1955 and is buried in the Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington Co., New Jersey.