42-105258       P40

 

On 23 April 1944 a P-40-N5CU, # 42-105258, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 25th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at YunnanYi, China, on an offensive fire mission over the roads in the Tangekung area. It was seen to crash near Lichaipa, about 8 miles Southeast of the target area, by 1stLt Guthrie N Miller, 0-736291. The pilot was 1stLt James C. Tew, # 0-1698898. A map in the folder indicates the crash was near Hwanglike and Hsiaopuwokair.

 

1stLt Miller reported that they departed at 1200 hrs. At about 1300 hrs, Lt. Tew saw an enemy supply dump. He opened fire in a dive. His P-40 started rolling to the left and kept rolling. He crashed into the center of the supply dump and exploded. The visible fire was 10 times that of a P40 alone. His next-of-kin was Mrs. Charles W. Tew, Mother, 310 Wood St., Thomasville, NC.

 

TEW, JAMES C., First Lieutenant, # 0-1698898, USAAF

 

James C. Tew was born on 30 June 1920 in North Carolina to Charles Weaver Tew (1892-1968) (NC) and Ola Fewell (Jarrett) Tew (1890-1976) (married 20 December 1915, Davidson Co., NC). Siblings included Charles W. Tew Jr. (1918-1986), Paul Sherwood Tew (1922-1993), Joe Ray Tew (1924-2009), Catherine F. (Tew) Nail (1928-2009), and Nell Ritchie (Tew) McPherson (1930-2007).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on 15 October 1940. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 23 April 1944 a P-40-N5CU, # 105258, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 25th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at YunnanYi, China, on an offensive fire mission over the roads in the Tangekung area. It was seen to crash near Lichaipa, about 8 miles Southeast of the target area, by 1stLt Guthrie N Miller, 0-736291. The pilot was 1stLt James C. Tew, # 0-1698898. A map in the folder indicates the crash was near Hwanglike and Hsiaopuwokair. 1stLt Miller reported that they departed at 1200 hrs. At about 1300 hrs, Lt. Tew saw an enemy supply dump. He opened fire in a dive. His P-40 started rolling to the left and kept rolling. He crashed into the center of the supply dump and exploded. The visible fire was 10 times that of a P40 alone. After recovery, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, (Sec. Q, Grave 407).

 

His brother, Charles W. Tew Jr., born 11 March 1918, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-1966, a CWO 2, Provost Marshall (CID).

His brother, Paul S. Tew, born 19 May 1922, served in the U.S. Army, Technician 5th Grade, during WWII. He died 18 August 1993 and is buried in the Holly Hill Memorial Park, Thomasville, Davidson Co., North Carolina.

His brother, Joe R. Tew, born 27 July 1924, served in the U.S. Army from 3 April 1943 to 27 November 1945. He died 29 January 2009 and is buried in the Holly Hill Memorial Park, Thomasville, Davidson Co., North Carolina.