42-98099         L5

 

On 7 May 1944, an L-5 Sentinal, # 42-98099, flown by 1stLt Lawrence F. Hoar, 0-795959, assigned to ICWATC, located at Chabua, Assam Pradish, India, Station # 6, Search Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, took off to fly to the airfield at Chabua, India. Departure was at 1330 India Standard Time and this was its last sighting. It was unknown why the L-5 was missing.

 

The weather for Chabua, India, and Shingbwiyang, Burma, were cumulous clouds, good visibility and single digit winds. Hukawng Visibility – Low stratus clouds overcast bases a few hundred feet off ground with broken alto cumulous cover at 8,000 feet becoming high scattered to 1-2 miles visibility in morning becoming unlimited by noon.

 

Three sorties searched for him but nothing was found. There was limited visibility. Ground units were notified. SSgt. Kenneth M. Lowe, of the 71st Liaison Squadron, was flying another L-5 ahead of 1stLt Hoar. Lowe last saw him just before flying through a saddle in a mountain Southwest of Kumkidu, to his right rear (about 2,000 feet back). After passing through the overcast and and mountain saddle, he made two or more circles to let Hoar close up. The ceiling was 400-600 feet. Lowe turned back and flew through the saddle to contact Hoar. Lowe was unable to locate him. He circled due to bad visibility and did not see Hoar.

 

HOAR, LAWRENCE F., First Lieutenant, # 0-795959, USAAF

 

Lawrence F. Hoar was born in 1918 in Norfolk, Norfolk, Massachusetts, to John P. Hoar (1882-1930) and Catherine C. (Gateley) Hoar (1887-1976). A sister was Rosemarie Hoar (1925-2007). He was married to Mary (Lavasseur) Hoar.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 13 March 1942. On 7 May 1944, an L-5 Sentinal, # 42-98099, flown by 1stLt Lawrence F. Hoar, 0-795959, assigned to ICWATC, located at Chabua, Assam Pradish, India, Station # 6, Search Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, took off to fly to the airfield at Chabua, India. Three sorties searched for him but nothing was found. There was limited visibility. Ground units were notified. SSgt. Kenneth M. Lowe, of the 71st Liaison Squadron, was flying another L-5 ahead of 1stLt Hoar. Lowe last saw him just before flying through a saddle in a mountain Southwest of Kumkidu, to his right rear (about 2,000 feet back). After passing through the overcast and and mountain saddle, he made two or more circles to let Hoar close up. The ceiling was 400-600 feet. Lowe turned back and flew through the saddle to contact Hoar. Lowe was unable to locate him. He circled due to bad visibility and did not see Hoar. He is remembered on the monument wall in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. The family placed a memorial marker in the Saint Marys Cemetery, Franklin, Massachusetts. He was awarded an Air Medal.