42-67295

 

On 6 May 1944, P-38J-5-LO, # 42-67295, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, Suichwan, China, departed Lingling, China, on an escort mission of B-25s, to bomb the enemy Hankow Airdrome, Hankow, China. It was last known to be about 40 miles SW of Hankow, China, at about 1210 hours. The pilot was 1stLt John T. Opsvig # 0-730590. It was last sighted by 1stLt Fred (NMI) Scudday, 0-84161, in a head on attack of about 20 enemy fighters near Tatung Lake. 

 

OPSVIG, JOHN THOMAS, First Lieutenant, # 0-730590, USAAF

 

John T. [Forrest) Opsvig was born on 9 December 1921 in Ward, North Dakota, to Norris Olai Don Forstrom (Forrest) (Opsvig) (1896-1990) and Harriet Louise (Carlson) Opsvig (1900-1982). Siblings included Elvira Louise (Opsvig) Reynolds (1923-2017), Robert C. Opsvig (1930-2017), and another brother.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 14 January 1942 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings as a P-38 fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to the 10th Air Force in India. On 6 May 1944, P-38J-5-LO, # 42-67295, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, Suichwan, China, departed Lingling, China, on an escort mission of M-25s, to bomb the enemy Hankow Airdrome, Hankow, China. It was last known to be about 40 miles SW of Hankow, China, at about 1210 hours. The pilot was 1stLt John T. Opsvig # 0-730590. It was last sighted by 1stLt Fred (NMI) Scudday, 0-84161, in a head on attack of about 20 enemy fighters near Tatung Lake. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila Cemetery & Memorial, Philppines. A memorial marker was placed in the First Lutheran Church Cemetery, Minot, Ward Co., North Dakota.

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2ndLt John T. Opsvig