42-103909       MACR 13832

 

On 14 April 1945 a P-51C-10, # 42-103909, assigned to 14th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 528th Fighter Squadron, Pungchachung, China, departed the airfield at Sian, China, on a bombing and strafing mission, and was last seen 6 miles north of Yungheng, China, at about 0755 Zulu. The pilot was 2ndLt Ernest W. Garner Jr., # 0-824246. He was last seen five miles south of Taiku, China, near 37° 26’ North & 112° 30’ East, returning from a combat mission. A crashed burning aircraft was seen 6 miles north of Yungheng, China.

 

GARNER, ERNEST WALTER, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-824246, USAAF

 

Ernest W. Garner Jr. was born on 7 March 1923 in Ashburn, Turner Co., Georgia to Ernest W. Garner (1883-1944) and Lela E. (Saffold) Garner (1895-1981). Siblings were Emily Elizabeth (Garner) Rhodes (1920-2004), Margaret (Garner) Faircloth (1925-2007), James Walter Garner (1927-1970), and Everett Garner (1931-2015). He attended Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, a student at Georgia Tech University, asnd described himself as 5’10”, 150 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He noted that he had a birthmark on his left forearm. After he enlisted in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the North American Aircraft P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China, assigned to the 14th Air Force. On 14 April 1945 a P-51C-10, # 42-103909, assigned to 14th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 528th Fighter Squadron, Pungchachung, China, departed the airfield at Sian, China, on a bombing and strafing mission, and was last seen 6 miles north of Yungheng, China, at about 0755 Zulu. The pilot was 2ndLt Ernest W. Garner Jr., # 0-824246. He was last seen five miles south of Taiku, China, near 37° 26’ North & 112° 30’ East, returning from a combat mission. A crashed burning aircraft was seen 6 miles north of Yungheng, China. He is remembered on the Tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashburn, Turner Co., Georgia. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, James W. Garner, M.D., born 5 August 1927, served in the Georgia National Guard, First Lieutenant, # 0-2275255. He died 5 January 1970 and is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashburn, Turner Co., Georgia.

P-51D "Bubble canopy" Mustang