43-106318

 

On 29 August 1944 a P-40N-15, # 43-106318, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed the airfield at Nancheng, China, on a strafe/bomb mission over Wuhu, China. The P-40 was seen by 2ndLt Ira A. Binkley, 0-692646, as he was hit by anti-aircraft fire at about 1045 Zulu as he dove to strafe a large ship in the harbor. His ship burst into flames and seemed to be a ball of fire. He bailed out at about 200’, his parachute opened and he hit the water. He began swimming. The pilot was 1stLt Gordon F. Bennett, # 0-797926, who was captured and made a POW of the Japanese.

 

BENNETT, GORDON F., First Lieutenant, # 0-797926, USAAF

 

Gordon F.  Bennett was born in Massachusetts. Inadequate data was available to identify this veteran and his family. Please use the contact form to provide assistance. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 29 August 1944 a P-40N-15, # 43-106318, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed the airfield at Nancheng, China, on a strafe/bomb mission over Wuhu, China. The P-40 was seen by 2ndLt Ira A. Binkley, 0-692646, as he was hit by anti-aircraft fire at about 1045 Zulu as he dove to strafe a large ship in the harbor. His ship burst into flames and seemed to be a ball of fire. He bailed out at about 200’, his parachute opened and he hit the water. He began swimming but was captured by the Japanese and imprisoned in Tokyo, POW Camp Shinjuku, # 35-140. He was liberated before 29 October 1945. He was separated 25 November 1945.