42-73070 B24

 

On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, a B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandevaswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. The crew was comprised of:

                                          Pilot                             1stLt Thomas S. Ingham, Jr.                0-791442

                                          Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Arthur J. Foley Jr.                      0-806424

                                          Navigator                    1stLt Dan L. Flowers                            0-662005

                                          Bombardier                  2ndLt George A. Bond                        0-734872

                                          Engineer                      TSgt Sidney A. Nunez                         14071026

                                          Radio Operator            TSgt Melvin O. Harris                         17044643

                                          Asst. Engineer             SSgt John F. Jaeger                              16069170

                                          Asst. Radio Operator   SSgt Leo S. Malach                             18116499

                                          Armorer                       SSgt Theodore L. Malacha                  36322751

                                           Asst. Armorer              Cpl Edward W. Wolf                           37136294

                                           (All enlisted men were also gunners)

The men who last saw the B-24J were: 1stLt Roy M. Shaw, 0-726835, 1stLt Leo N. Levi, 0-730278, and 2ndLt Russell E. Codington, 0-733612 (none saw parachutes and no one knew what caused the loss of the aircraft and men).

INGHAM, THOMAS SHEPPARD, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-791442, USAAF

 

Thomas S. Ingham, Jr., was born 25 April 1920, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Thomas S. Ingham (1893-1940) (born in Massachusetts) and Marie Katherine (Ritz) Ingham (1889-1945) (born in Ohio). He had one sibling, Fredrick Lucius Ingham (1922-1979).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, giving an address of 77 West Park Place, Newark, Delaware, while living with his parents and attending the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. He described himself as 6’, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  Enlisted in New York City, New York, residing in Delaware, on 29 December 1941 (enlisted # 12046309) with three years college. On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, he was the pilot of a B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandaveswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingaladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.