42-27403 P47

 

On 6 February 1945, a P-47D-23, “Wolf of the West,” # 42-27403, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 89th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a bombing mission over New Lashio, Burma. The fighter was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was last seen by Capt. Lawrence J. Pickett, 0-399396, 1stLt James M. Kilkenny, 0-707702, and 2ndLt Alton W. Cockrell, 0-707602, in the vicinity of New Lashio. The pilot was Major Garnett S. Williams, 0-413537.

 

The MACR report reads: On 6 February 1945, Milkjug Green (4-plane flight) was to attack installations near New Lashio, Burma. Maj. Williams was leader. Maj. Williams made 1 pass and tried to drop both bombs but 1 bomb did not release. The # 2 man followed him but lost sight of him in the dive. Anti-aircraft fire was intense. Air-jungle rescue was dispatched immediately but Maj. Williams was not sighted. The crash was not found.

 

Capt. Pickett reported he was the # 2 man who followed Mj. Williams and Pickett saw about 10 bursts of AA fire. He saw a large explosion in hills West of New Lashio. He did not see or hear from Maj. Williams again.

 

WILLIAMS, GARNETT SHIELDS, Major, # 0-413537, USAAF

 

Garnett S. Williams was born on 26 February 1914 in the Philippines to Alpheus Daniel Williams (1887-1956) and Catherine (Shields) Williams (1886-1927). Siblings included Carlos Bruce Williams (1916-1998) and Daniel Fitzhugh Williams (1921-1954). He was married to Alberta (Sepulveda) Maloney nee Williams (1918-2003).

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army 16 February 1935 and was subsequently selected for the USAAF in Moffet Field, California, as an aviation cadet, on 10 September 1940. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to earn his commission and pilot wings. He was trained as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 February 1945, a P-47D-23, “Wolf of the West,” # 42-27403, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 89th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a bombing mission over New Lashio, Burma. The fighter was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was last seen by Capt. Lawrence J. Pickett, 0-399396, 1stLt James M. Kilkenny, 0-707702, and 2ndLt Alton W. Cockrell, 0-707602, in the vicinity of New Lashio. On 6 February 1945, Milkjug Green (4-plane flight) was to attack installations near New Lashio, Burma. Maj. Williams was leader. Maj. Williams made 1 pass and tried to drop both bombs but 1 bomb did not release. The # 2 man followed him but lost sight of him in the dive. Anti-aircraft fire was intense. Air-jungle rescue was dispatched immediately but Maj. Williams was not sighted. The crash was not found. Capt. Pickett reported he was the # 2 man who followed Mj. Williams and Pickett saw about 10 bursts of AA fire. He saw a large explosion in hills West of New Lashio. He did not see or hear from Maj. Williams again. After recovery from the military cemetery at the airfield in Kalaikuna, India, his remains were buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, on 24 May 1948 (Sec. D, Grave 7).