42-66993         P38

 

On 25 March 1944, a P-38H-5-10 Lightning, # 42-66993, assigned to the 459th Fighter Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force air field air field in a flight of four at Chittagong, Burma, on a combat mission to Shwebo, Burma, to intercept enemy fighters. The P-38 was last seen at about 1000 hours five miles SE of Anisakan, Burma. It was flown by 1stLt Guy M. Freeman, 0-728631. The witnesses to last see him were: 2ndLt Robert A. Hargis, 0-750582, and 2ndLt John T. Whitescarver, 0-749135.

 

2ndLt Hargis reported: Hargis was flying as an element leader attacking enemy aircraft five miles SE of Anisakan, Burma, at about 1000 hours. 1stLt Freeman was his wingman at about 12,000 feet and about 1,000 yards behind the formation. They made a diving pass at three enemy fighters 3,000 feet lower. He looked behind and saw Freeman follow into the pass. Hargis made his pass, climbed and looked back but did not see Freeman. They climbed higher and dropped belly tanks but, Hargis still did not see Freeman.

 

2ndLt Whitescarver reported: He was leading the flight of four. 1stLt Freeman was flying wingman to 2ndLt Hargis, about 1,000 feet behind, and they made a diving pass on three enemy Oscars. After the pass, he did not see Freeman again.

 

FREEMAN, GUY “JACK” MIDDLETON, First Lieutenant, # 0-728631, USAAF

 

Guy M. Freeman was born in 1919 in Indiana to Ernest Harrison Freeman (1876-1955) and Elizabeth Alice (Middleton) Freeman (1883-1973). Siblings included William H. Freeman (research engineer) (1913-1996) and Alice Burke (Freeman) Hall (1916-2005). In 1930 the family lived at 601 Laurel Avenue in New Trier, Cook, Illinois, and living with them were Elizabeth’s mother, Suzanna D. Middleton (1850-1931), widowed, and a nephew, Hugh M. Middleton (1913-2004). Guy’s father was born in Kansas, Elizabeth and the children in Indiana, Suzanna in Wisconsin, and Hugh in Portland, Oregon. In 1920, at the same address, the family had living with them Ernest’s brother, Clarence E. Freeman (1867-1928).

 

He enlisted in Chicago, Illinois, on 28 July 1941, with four years of college completed. He was selected for flight training and completed fighter pilot training and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India to fly the P-38 Lightning fighter. On 25 March 1944, a P-38H-5-10 Lightning, # 42-66993, assigned to the 459th Fighter Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force air field air field in a flight of four at Chittagong, Burma, on a combat mission to Shwebo, Burma, to intercept enemy fighters. The P-38s made a dive to attack three enemy Oscars. 1stLt Freeman’s P-38 was last seen at about 1000 hours five miles SE of Anisakan, Mandalay, Burma. He is remembered in the memorial at Fort William Mckinley, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.