42-12336         MACR

 

On 5 August 1943 a P-38G, 42-12336, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, departed Chabua, India, on a ferry mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. The pilot was 2ndLt Robert J. Barrett, # 0-732126.

 

BARRETT, ROBERT JAMES, Second Lieutenant, # 0-732126, USAAF

 

Robert J. Barrett was born on 16 September 1918 in Inglewood, Los Angeles Co., California, to William Franklin Barrett (1900-    ) and Edna M. Barrett (1892-1968).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by F.F. Gay, resided at 1417 Randall, Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA, and described himself as 5’10”, 185 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 26 February 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India. On 5 August 1943 a P-38G, 42-12336, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, departed Chabua, India, on a ferry mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. The P-38 crashed enroute and was never found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

42-13299

 

On 13 September 1943 an F-5A-10-LO (P-38 Lightning photo reconnaissance variant), # 42-13299, assigned to 10th Air Force, 9th Photo Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed the airfield on a photo reconnaissance mission over Alipore. The pilot was 1stLt Frank H. Tilcock, # 0-726509. He was shot down and captured by the Japanese. 

 

TILCOCK, FRANK HOWARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-726509, USAAF

 

Frank H. Tilcock was born on 22 March 1920 in Coffeyville, Kansas, to Tilcock (unk) and Mildred (unk) Haag nee Tilcock (. Insufficient data is available to properly honor this veteran. Please use the contact page to provide assistance.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, employed by Sinclair Refining, resided in rural West Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS, and described himself as 5’6”, 130 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 8 November 1941. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 September 1943 an F-5A-10-LO (P-38 Lightning photo reconnaissance variant), # 42-13299, assigned to 10th Air Force, 9th Photo Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed the airfield on a photo reconnaissance mission over Alipore. He was shot down by the enemy over Burma. He was captured by the Japanese and a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison) until liberated about mid-May 1945. He died on 14 December 1998 in Tallahassee, Leon Co., Florida