42-106954

 

On 5 January 1945 a P-51B-15NA, “Angel Doll,” # 42-106954, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a combat fighter sweep over the Samah airdrome. The pilot was 1stLt Shirley G. Wilson, # 0-813274. Last contact was south of the target by radio with Capt. Donald J. Rauch. There were enemy fighters engaged by his flight.

 

WILSON, SHIRLEY GEORGE, First Lieutenant, # 0-813274, USAAF

 

Shirley G. Wilson was born on 11 January 1920 in New York, New York to Charles H. Wilson (1872-1948) and Florence E. (Prout) Wilson (1882-1961). Siblings were Alice H. Wilson (1912-2000) and Robert K. Wilson (1916-2006). He married Nevens (Carpenter) Wilson (1919-2005) and they had a son, Robert K. Wilson (1940-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 17 July 1942, employed by Houston Light & Power Co., resided at 814 Linder, Houston, TX, and described himself as 5’9”, 130 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Houston, Texas, on 17 February 1942. 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. 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 5 January 1945 a P-51B-15NA, “Angel Doll,” # 42-106954, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a combat fighter sweep over the Samah airdrome. Last contact was south of the target by radio with Capt. Donald J. Rauch. There were enemy fighters engaged by his flight. He is remembered on the Tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.