42-393535       MACR 14804

 

On 29 July 1945 a Northrop P-61AD-10 Black Widow (night fighter), # 42-393535, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427th Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, detached to forward echelon Nanning, China, departed the airfield on a night intruder mission. The pilot was 1stLt Quentin H. Towne, # 0-763789, and his radio operator and observer was 2ndLt Joseph L. Weixel. After being hit by enemy fire at about 2300 CST and almost dropping into the water, 1stLt Towne said, “Joe, get out as quick as you can,” and pullet into a steep climb. 2ndLt Weixel bailed out. The entire fighter was on fire. The ammunition in the turret section was exploding. The pilot must lower the landing gear before he can bail out. The jump and crash occurred on the outskirts of Wuchow, China. 2ndLt Weixel eventually returned but 1stLt Towne is missing.

 

TOWNE, QUENTIN HOWARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-763789, USAAF

 

Quentin H. Towne was born on 9 January 1920 in Glenns Ferry, Elmore Co., Idaho, to Arthur Lee Towne (1884-1963) and Flaudie Della (Eubanks) Towne (1889-1986). Siblings were Ruth Towne (1911-    ), Grace Lorraine (Towne) Carr (1912-1999), Mabel H. Towne (1917-2000), Fred Leroy Towne (1918-1991), and Flora Lee Towne (1929-1931). He married Patricia Nosier (1921-2008) on 9 August 1941 in Coquille, Coos Co., Oregon.

He registered for the WWII on 1 July 1941, employed by the Albany Plylock Co., resided in Albany, Linn Co., Oregon, and described himself as 5’8”, 150 lbs, with red hair and blue eyes. After he enlisted in the USAAF in Santa Ana, California, on 23 February 1943, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighter. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China, assigned to the 14th Air Force. On 29 July 1945 a Northrop P-61AD-10 Black Widow (night fighter), # 42-393535, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427th Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, detached to forward echelon Nanning, China, departed the airfield on a night intruder mission. The pilot was 1stLt Towne and his radio operator and observer was 2ndLt Joseph L. Weixel. After being hit by enemy fire at about 2300 CST while strafing an enemy ship in a river and almost dropping into the water, 1stLt Towne said, “Joe, get out as quick as you can,” and pullet into a steep climb. 2ndLt Weixel bailed out. The entire fighter was on fire. The ammunition in the turret section was exploding. The pilot must lower the landing gear before he can bail out. The jump and crash occurred on the outskirts of Wuchow, China. 2ndLt Weixel eventually returned but 1stLt Towne was missing. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Frederick Towne, born 1921, served in the U.S. Army from 21 October 1942.