42-9860           P40

 

On 2 September 1944, a P-40K-5, # 9860, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Training Command, departed the airfield at Landhi, India, on a ground gunnery mission locally. The P-40 was seen to crash at about 1515 hours, 17 miles at 140º course from Landhi. The P-40 crashed when its left wing hit the river water, causing it to cartwheel into mud flats and stop with its bottom facing upward, the cockpit under water & mud. The pilot was 2ndLt Floyd B. Carpenter, # 0-714374. Those who saw the crash included Capt. Fred J. Altiere, 0-661264, and 2ndLt Robert E. Boernke, 0-714365.

 

Search report: On 2 Sept., 3 A-24s (the P-40 bomber variant) searched without finding the wreck. On 3 Sept., 3 AT-16s searched without success. On 4 Sept., 3 AT-16s searched at 0830 and located the wreckage at about 1000 hours and plotted the position on a map (grid coordinates 2267100-904700, map ref # 356). No signs of life were found. On 7 Sept., 1stLt Arthur L Livingston, got to the wreckage by boat. The search party searched the wreckage but did not find the pilot. On 9 Sept., another search was made without finding the pilot. On 21 Sept., the pilot’s body was found in the mud flats and positively identified. Another pilot was lost on 4 Sept., 2ndLt Edison B. Suydam, who was flying a P-47D, # 42-25361.

 

Capt. Altiere reported that he led the flight of 4 P-40s on a practice skip-bombing and ground gunnery mission. As they practiced low level strafing, he noticed an oil slick on the water on his third pass. He called for formation and noted that 2ndLt Carpenter was missing. He buzzed the spot and found a P-40 on its back, wings off down to the gun mounts, the engine about 100 yards from it and the tail bent back underneath the wreck. It appeared the cockpit was submerged. 2ndLt Horejs reported as a pilot in the flight: he saw 2ndLt Carpenter dive and strafe. When he looked again, parts of Carpenter’s aircraft scattered. He too buzzed the wreckage. 2ndLt Boernke reported: he watched 2ndLt Carpenter make a normal strafing pass but his left wing struck the water and it nosed into the water and broke up.

 

CARPENTER, FLOYD BRYANT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-714374, USAAF

 

Floyd B. Carpenter was born on 3 June 1924 in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., Texas, to Floyd B. Carpenter (1897-1926) (AR) and Susie Mae Smith nee Carpenter (1903-1992) (TX). On 3 June 1950 Susie Mae Smith, his mother, resided at rural Box 245, Flora, Texas.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 and described himself as 5’7”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 1 February 1942 in Texas. He completed flight instruction as a fighter pilot and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force for advanced fighter training and deployment. On 2 September 1944, a P-40K-5, # 9860, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Training Command, departed the airfield at Landhi, India, on a ground gunnery mission locally. The P-40 was seen to crash at about 1515 hours, 17 miles at 140º course from Landhi. The P-40 crashed when its left wing hit the river water, causing it to cartwheel into mud flats and stop with its bottom facing upward, the cockpit under water & mud. On 21 Sept., the pilot’s body was found in the mud flats and positively identified. His remains were buried in the Ciy of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., Texas.