43-28593         F5

 

On 27 November 1944, a F5E-2LO (modified P-38 Lightning), # 43-28593, assigned to 8th Reconnaisance Group, 40th Photo Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the airfield at Alipore, India, on a photo reconnaissance mission over Thazi, Burma. Last contact with it was at about 0810 hours, reportedly near 25 miles West of Maiskhal Island, Bay of Bengal. The pilot was 2ndLt Ted U. Permain, # 0-758049. At 2020 hours, the same date, a 177th Squadron aircraft reported a possible F-5 crashed in map location (code) PP 7923, with a man standing on it but he did not wave. A photograph was taken of the crashed aircraft.

 

PERMAIN, TED USHER, Second Lieutenant, # 0-758049, USAAF

 

Ted U. Permain was born in Washington in 1921 to Edwin "Ted" Usher Permain (1894-1962) and Genevieve Elizabeth (Haupt) Permain (1899-1951) (Helena, Montana) (married 3 January 1920, Spokane, WA). Siblings included Jacqueline Ruth (Permain) Reynolds (1922-2000), Virginia Mae (Permain) Schneidmiller (1929-    ), Jane Albury (Permain) Pace (1937-2011). Living with them in 1940 was a great-aunt, Elizabeth G. Misplon (1860-    ) (IN) (widowed). He graduated from Lewis & Clark High School, Spokane, WA. He married Betty Jacqueline Blair (1922-2011) on 5 May 1942 in St. John’s Cathedral, Spokane, Washington.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Washington. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot but was assigned to photo reconnaissance flying a P-38 Lightning (F-5E). He was sent overseas to India. On 27 November 1944, a F5E-2LO (modified P-38 Lightning), # 43-28593, assigned to 8th Reconnaisance Group, 40th Photo Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the airfield at Alipore, India, on a photo reconnaissance mission over Thazi, Burma. Last contact with it was at about 0810 hours, reportedly near 25 miles West of Maiskhal Island, Bay of Bengal. At 2020 hours, the same date, a 177th Squadron aircraft reported a possible F-5 crashed in map location (code) PP 7923, with a man standing on it but he did not wave. A photograph was taken of the crashed aircraft. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.