42-104378       MACR 14396

 

On 8 May 1945 a P-38J-15LO, # 42-104378, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Phong Saly and was last seen at 0755 Zulu near 22° 20’ North & 102° 40’ East. The pilot was Capt. Peter A. Bunce, # 0-664518, born in 1915 in New York. His last contact was by radio with 1stLt Joseph N. Fodor, 0-760448.

 

BUNCE, PETER ARMS, Captain, # 0-664518, USAAF

 

Peter A. Bunce was born in 15 November 1915 in New York to Carleton Bayley Bunce (1879-1945) (NY) and Natalie (Arms) Bunce (1877-1966) (PA – attended Yale) (married 1911, NJ). Siblings were Bayley Bunce (1914-1996) (attended Williams College, Williamstown, MA). See “North America, Family Histories.”

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, resided Dos Cabezas, Cochise Co., AZ, and described himself as 6’4”, 185 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 13 March 1941. After he enlisted in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China, assigned to the 14th Air Force. On 8 May 1945 a P-38J-15LO, # 42-104378, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Phong Saly and was last seen at 0755 Zulu near 22° 20’ North & 102° 40’ East. His last contact was by radio with 1stLt Joseph N. Fodor, 0-760448.  The fighter crashed and the pilot killed. He is remembered on the Tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Carleton B. Bunce