On 16 October 1943, at about 1645 hours, an A-36-A1, # 42-84154, (fighter-bomber version of the P-51 Mustang), assigned to the 511th Fighter-Bomber Group, 529th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed Dinjan, India, to 16,000 feet altitude on a mission with several other A-36-A1s, to Sumprabaum, Burma. There is no casualty statement from 2ndLt Bowman. He was captured and imprisoned by the Japanese as a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison). He survived captivity and was liberated in May 1945. He died 10 January 2012 in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County, California.
In the flight elements mentioned regarding Lieutenant Colonel Lutz, and Second Lieutenant Bowman, both flying the A-36-A1 (P-51) fighter-bomber, another pilot missing in action on that mission was 2ndLt Christopher W. Morgan, 0-799618, flying A-36-A1, # 42-84030. Please read the statements and narrative report in the Lt.Col. Lutz page to see more in-depth facts.
MORGAN, CHRISTOPHER WARREN, JR, Second Lieutenant, # 0-799618, USAAF
Christopher W. Morgan, Jr., was born 3 September 1923 in Bronx, New York, to Christopher W. Warren (1885- ) and Althea (Bain) Morgan (1892-1978). He had a sister, Leah Althea (Morgan) Peterson (1914-1994). His father was an automobile machinist in 1920 and was in the New York National Guard, 12th Regiment, Company G, between 1 November 1909 through 31 July 1920 when he accepted different government employment in the New York Police Department(1925 census & National Guard record).
He enlisted in USAAF in New York City on 24 Mar 1942 and completed pilot training to fly a fighter (the P-51 Mustang). After he survived his A-36-A1 crash in Burma, he was captured by the Japanese and imprisoned in the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison). He survived and was liberated in May 1945.