43-25231 (duplicated in fold3.com as 43-2523i)

 

On 20 June 1945 a P-51C-10, # 43-25231, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, deployed to Laohwangping, departed the airfield to napalm bomb an enemy gun position. The enemy fire downed the P-51. The pilot, killed in action, was 1stLt Herbert Steinhardt, # 0-804061. The pilot reported over the target then radio contact was lost.

 

STEINHARDT, HERBERT, First Lieutenant, # 0-804061, USAAF

 

Herbert Steinhardt was born on 11 August 1922 in New Jersey to Frank Steinhardt (1881-1948) and Charlotte (Kellner) Steinhardt (1890-1976). Siblings were Joseph F. Steinhardt (1913-2002), Margaret Elizabeth (Steinhardt) Bosco (1917-1992), John N. Steinhardt (1920-1970), Otto William Steinhardt (1921-    ), Helen Mildred (Steinhardt) Russell (1924-2003), Robert W. Steinhardt (1927-    ). He attended the University of California at Berkeley. He married Annie Motts in 1943 in New Jersey.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 29 October 1940. 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 20 June 1945 a P-51C-10, # 43-25231, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, deployed to Laohwangping, departed the airfield to napalm bomb an enemy gun position. The enemy fire downed the P-51. The pilot reported over the target then radio contact was lost. He was killed in the crash of his P-51. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington Co., New Jersey (Sec. H, Grave 292).

 

His brother, Joseph F. Steinhardt, born 9 October 1913, served in the U.S. Navy, CM 2nd Class, from 15 October 1942 to 25 August 1945. He died 19 March 2002 and is buried in the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas.

 

His brother, Robert W. Steinhardt, born in 1927, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and was killed in action.