The P-40 flown by Maj. Lytch crashed and burned. He was killed in the action. He was Maj. Lytch’s wingman as they flew north along the RR track south of Pinwe at about 150’. Philpotts was at about 200’. He saw 2 P-47 fighters ahead coming in from 225º in a dive for a strafing or bombing run. He yelled to Maj. Lytch that P-47s were making passes straight ahead and Philpotts chandelled his P-40 to the right to about 800’. He lost sight of Maj. Lytch for about 4 seconds. Philpotts leveled off at 800’ and turned left to find Maj. Lytch. He saw him on the prior course, trailing white smoke in a roll. Philpotts followed. Maj. Lytch continued on course for about a mile, losing altitude. He crashed into some trees and Philpotts saw a big flame from the crash. Philpotts notified the P-47s that they were P-40s. He saw Maj. Lytch’s P-40 burning and turned back toward Tingkawk Sakan. It was on his one-hundredth combat mission in Burma upon which he died. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.
While the American Patriots page states Maj. Lytch was awarded the Congressional "Medal of Honor," his name is not found on any list maintained by the U.S. Army or the U.S. Air Force. Correspondence to the U.S.A.F. Historical Agency resulted in a response that his name was not found as having received this award. With the greatest respect to the family, please know that as a veteran, I cannot in good conscience include such an award here. I welcome receipt of evidence so that I can include this great honor here.