42-67291         P38

 

On 19 November 1944, a P-38J-5, “Haleakala II,” # 42-67291, assigned to 10th Air Force, 459th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, on a bomber escort mission of B-24s over Mokoalin, Burma. It was last contacted by radio at about 1150 hours near 17º 15’ North & 96º 50’ East. The pilot was 2ndLt Joseph E. Ficklin, #0-7604##. Radio contact was with 1stLt Robert A. Hargis, 0-750582, and 1stLt Joseph L. Huesman, 0-1286651.

 

1stLt Hargis reported that at 1150 hours, they were attacked by enemy fighters. He heard a call from Lt. Ficklin that his P-38 was on fire. He did not see Lt. Ficklin’s fighter. 1stLt Huesman reported that he heard Lt. Ficklin’s call shortly after enemy Zeros attacked the formation.

 

FICKLIN, JOSEPH EDWARD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-7604#, USAAF

 

Joseph E. Ficklin was born on 24 January 1923 in Los Angeles, California, to Joseph “Bud” Ficklin (1900-1966) and Alice (Armstrong) Ficklin (1902-1986). Siblings included Mary JoAnn Ficklin (1928-2014) and Samuel Henry Ficklin (1935-2017). He was married to Hazel Anderson in October 1942.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 November 1944, a P-38J-5, “Haleakala II,” # 42-67291, assigned to 10th Air Force, 459th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, on a bomber escort mission of B-24s over Mokoalin, Burma. It was last contacted by radio at about 1150 hours near 17º 15’ North & 96º 50’ East. Radio contact was with 1stLt Robert A. Hargis, 0-750582, and 1stLt Joseph L. Huesman, 0-1286651. 1stLt Hargis reported that at 1150 hours, they were attacked by enemy fighters. He heard a call from Lt. Ficklin that his P-38 was on fire. He did not see Lt. Ficklin’s fighter. 1stLt Huesman reported that he heard Lt. Ficklin’s call shortly after enemy Zeros attacked the formation. 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.

Joseph E. Ficklin