42-27544         P47 (MACR 12775)

 

On 27 February 1945, a P-47D-23RA, Thunderbolt, # 42-27544, assigned to 1st Air Commando Group, 6th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Hay, India, on a patrol to bomb and strafe the enemy at Mahlaing, Burma. The P-47 was seen by 1stLt Ralph A. Selkirk, 0-818443, to crash at about 0955 hours IST near Kanmang airfield. The aircraft hit the ground on its third strafing run on enemy ground positions. The pilot, killed in action, was 1stLt Glen R. Feickert, # 0-694294.

 

1stLt Selkirk reported that 1stLt Feikert made his dive bomb run with Lt. Chapin and Lt. Selkirk dive bombing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. After this, Lt. Feickert went to strafe gun positions which had ambushed a British column at a small bridge-head. Lt. Feickert made 2 passes and on the 2nd pass, he came off the target. He told the other fighters that he had a hole in his wing. The others circled at 5,000’ for top cover. On Lt. Feikert’s 3rd strafing pass, he hit the ground and wreckage was scattered for about 100 yards. The fighter did not explode but burned.

 

FEICKERT, GLEN RICHARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-694294, USAAF

 

Glenn R. Feickert was born on 3 August 1921 in Jamestown, Stutsman Co., North Dakota, to Henry Feickert (1892-1962) and Estelle Dorothy (Schoenman) Feickert (1899-1987). He graduated from Jefferson High School, Portland, Oregon, in 1940.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, employed at Albina Engine & Machines, and described himself as 5’8”, 153 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Portland, Oregon, on 25 August 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to pilot fighter aircraft and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 February 1945, a P-47D-23RA, Thunderbolt, # 42-27544, assigned to 1st Air Commando Group, 6th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Hay, India, on a patrol to bomb and strafe the enemy at Mahlaing, Burma. The P-47 was seen by 1stLt Ralph A. Selkirk, 0-818443, to crash at about 0955 hours IST near Kanmang airfield. The aircraft hit the ground on its third strafing run on enemy ground positions. 1stLt Selkirk reported that 1stLt Feikert made his dive bomb run with Lt. Chapin and Lt. Selkirk dive bombing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. After this, Lt. Feickert went to strafe gun positions which had ambushed a British column at a small bridge-head. Lt. Feickert made 2 passes and on the 2nd pass, he came off the target. He told the other fighters that he had a hole in his wing. The others circled at 5,000’ for top cover. On Lt. Feikert’s 3rd strafing pass, he hit the ground and wreckage was scattered for about 100 yards. The fighter did not explode but burned. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Oregon. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.