42-27522         P47

 

On 21 February 1945, a P-47D-23, “Old Ironsides,” # 42-27522, assigned to 1st Air Commando Group, 5th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield on a reconnaissance mission with other fighters over Pyinmana. The pilot was 2ndLt James C. Hutchinson, # 0-812820. He was last in radio contact with Major Roland R. Lynn, 0-495785.

 

Maj. Lynn led the flight. They were in string formation at deck level. Lt. Hutchinson said his oil pressure was gone but temperatures were normal. He was directed to fly a heading of 290º and Hutchinson acknowledged. He said he was going to try to gain altitude. They were unable to locate him. Several search sorties could not locate him.

 

HUTCHINSON, JAMES CARL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-812820, USAAF

 

James C. Hutchinson was born on 14 April 1922 in El Dorado, Oklahoma, to James Elmer Hutchinson and Katie Hasley. He was married to Mildred (Thompson) Hutchinson nee Taylor (1923-2013) (divorcee) on 7 January 1944 in Richmond, Virginia. Her parents were Roy G. Thompson (1895-1940) and Neta (Dempsey) Thompson (1895-1966) of Jacksonville, Duval Co., Florida.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 10421 Alexander St., South Gate, Los Angeles Co., California, employed by the U.S. Rubber Co., and described himself as 5’ 11 ¾”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 30 October 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the Republic Aircraft P-47 Thunderbolt. He earned his commission and wings. He was stationed at the Richmond USAAF Air Base, Virginia, on 7 January 1944. He was sent overseas to India. On 21 February 1945, a P-47D-23, “Old Ironsides,” # 42-27522, assigned to 1st Air Commando Group, 5th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield on a reconnaissance mission with other fighters over Pyinmana. He was last in radio contact with Major Roland R. Lynn, 0-495785. Maj. Lynn led the flight. They were in string formation at deck level. Lt. Hutchinson said his oil pressure was gone but temperatures were normal. He was directed to fly a heading of 290º and Hutchinson acknowledged. He said he was going to try to gain altitude. They were lost contact and were unable to locate him. Several search sorties could not locate him. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

P-47s of 1st Air Commando Group