43-6258           P51

 

HOGON, DUDLEY WILLIAM, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-799184, USAAF

 

On 27 November 1943, a flight of P-51A-10 Mustangs departed the 10th Air Force fighter base at RAMU at about 1300 to 1330 hours. The fighters were from the 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, the 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron. A P-51A-10 was piloted by 2ndLt Dudley W. Hogon Jr. Their assignment was to provide a fighter cover and escort to a flight of numerous B-24J heavy bombers on a mission to bomb Rangoon. 2ndLt Hogan was last sighted about eighty miles west of Rangoon.

The last sighting was by 1stLt James J. England, 0-662903, another P-51A-10 pilot, who wrote that We were about 80 miles west of Rangoon, at 14,000 feet, 1350 hours, and homeward bound from an escort mission when I last saw Lt. Hogon. We were still being pursued by enemy fighters and I observed Lt. Hogan going down in a dive with a Zero on his tail. I was unable to observe his aircraft for more than a few seconds, as I was busily engaged at the time. I did not see him crash or bail out.”

 

Dudley W. Hogon, Jr., was born 4 May 1923 in Georgia to Dudley W. Hogan (1896-1982) and Lillian M. (Aveay) Hogan (1898-1982), Augusta, Georgia. In the 1942 Augusta, Georgia, directory, the address for his parents and him is the same: 2115 Richmond Ave., Augusta, GA. He enlisted in the USAAF on 19 March 1942 at Daniel Field, Augusta, Georgia, while residing in Richmond, Georgia (enlisted # 14075528). On 27 November 943, a flight of P-51A-10 Mustangs departed the 10th Air Force fighter base at RAMU at about 1300 to 1330 hours. The fighters were from the 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, the 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron. A P-51A-10 was piloted by 2ndLt Dudley W. Hogon Jr. Their assignment was to provide a fighter cover and escort to a flight of numerous B-24J heavy bombers on a mission to bomb Rangoon. 2ndLt Hogan was last sighted about eighty miles west of Rangoon. He was captured and imprisoned in the Japanese prisons at Moulmein and Rangoon POW prisons. He was liberated about 20 May 1945 and, after medical care, was returned to the U.S. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and Prisoner of War medals. He retired from the U.S. Air Force 31 August 1972 , rank - Lieutenant Colonel. He was married to Katherine Barnard (Stearns) Hogan (1924-1991). He died at the age of 86 years on 29 January 2010 while a patient in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, GA. He was survived by daughters, Fleur S. (Hogan) Upchurch, Columbus, GA, and Katherine H. (Hogan) Bradford of Aiken, South Carolina, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.