43-22815         P40

 

On 21 April 1944, a P-40-N20CU, # 43-22815, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron, Moran, India, departed its airfield with a flight to bomb and strafe enemy near Kamaing, Burma. The P-40 was last seen near the target, 4 miles northeast of Kamaing, Burma; enemy held territory. The pilot was 2ndLt George P. Weller, # 0-800621.  Lt Upchurch saw 2ndLt Weller’s P-40 during the attack but not afterwards and there was no radio contact. A search was fruitless.

 

WELLER, GEORGE PAUL, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-800621, USAAF

 

George P. Weller Jr. was born on 20 June 1921 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, to George P. Weller (1890-1963) and Grace Oleon (Sellier) Weller (1891-1933) (KY). Sibling was Mary A. Weller (1924-    ). In 1958 his father lived in Wabasso, Florida. He was married to Jonte (Haviland) Pryor (1917-2001).

 

He transferred to the USAAF from the Royal Canadian Air Force on 20 May 1942. He earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 21 April 1944, a P-40-N20CU, # 43-22815, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron, Moran, India, departed its airfield with a flight to bomb and strafe enemy near Kamaing, Burma. The P-40 was last seen near the target, 4 miles northeast of Kamaing, Burma; enemy held territory. The pilot was 2ndLt George P. Weller, # 0-800621.  He saw 2ndLt Weller’s P-40 during the attack but not afterwards and there was no radio contact. A search was fruitless. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial is in the Resthaven Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

43-23420         P40

 

On 5 July 1944 a P-40N, # 43-23420, assigned to 14th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a ferry flight to Kunming, China. It was last seen at about 0642 Zulu by other flight members 30 minutes after departure. The pilot was 2ndLt Jack B. Elliott, # 0-694137. Two other P-40s went missing on this flight: a P-40N, # 43-24178, flown by 2ndLt Kenneth S. Alexander Jr., # 0-692127, and P-40N, #43-23423, flown by Capt. Frank H. Miller, # 0-435094.

 

ELLIOTT, JACK BOSWORTH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-694137, USAAF

 

Jack B. Elliott was born on 13 August 1921 in Richmond, New York, to Joseph Roy Elliott (1900-1958) and Marion Evans (Bosworth) Elliott (1897-1973). Siblings included Barbara Ann (Elliott) Johnson (1924-1989), Thomas S. Elliott (1925-    ) and Patricia Jane (Elliott) Orr (1927-2014).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India toward China. On 5 July 1944 a P-40N, # 43-24178, assigned to 14th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron, 16th Fighter Squadron Detachment, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a ferry flight to Kunming, China. It was last seen at about 0642 Zulu by other flight members 30 minutes after departure. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.