43-23357         MACR 11629

 

On 14 January 1945 a Curtiss R-40N 2000 Kittyhawk (variant of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk), # 43-23357, assigned to 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Leohokow, China, on a combat sweep and strafing mission over the Hankow airdrome. The pilot was 1stLt Freeland K. Mathews, # 0-795603. His aircraft was seen to crash and his R-40 to burn by Maj. Thomas A. Reynolds Jr., 0-431514, 1stLt Ming Tang Liu, Chinese A.F., and 2ndLt Hsiang Fo Lee, Chinese A.F. Lt. Lee saw Lt, Mathews bail out of his aircraft and his parachute opened about ½ mile from the target airdrome.

MATHEWS, FREELAND KENDRICK, First Lieutenant, # 0-795603, USAAF

 

Freeland K. Mathews was born on 15 June 1920 in Merchantville, New Jersey, to Franklin W. Mathews (1897-1969) and Margaret (Martin) Mathews (1889-1974). Sibling was Dorothy Margaret Mathews (1917-1998).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Trenton, New Jersey, on 13 March 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the Curtiss R-40 Kittyhawk. He earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 14 January 1945 a Curtiss R-40N 2000 Kittyhawk (variant of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk), # 43-23357, assigned to 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Leohokow, China, on a combat sweep and strafing mission over the Hankow airdrome. His aircraft was seen to crash and his R-40 to burn by Maj. Thomas A. Reynolds Jr., 0-431514, 1stLt Ming Tang Liu, Chinese A.F., and 2ndLt Hsiang Fo Lee, Chinese A.F. Lt. Lee saw Lt, Mathews bail out of his aircraft and his parachute opened about ½ mile from the target airdrome. He was captured by the Japanese and a POW in the Shanghai War Prisoners Camp, Kiawgwan, Shanghair, China (Camp 31-121) until his liberation about 28 August 1945. He retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel and served during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He died on 25 November 1988 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co., Florida, and is buried in the Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, Florida (Sec. 52, Row 9, Grave 54).

43-23372         MACR 11643

 

On 20 January 1945 a Curtiss P-40N-20CU Warhawk, # 43-23372, assigned 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Yunnanyi, China, on a flight to Kunming, China. Last contact by radio was at about 1500 Zulu between Yunnanyi and Kunming. The pilot was Capt. Glade C. Burton Jr., # 0-671496. Capt. Joseph E. Hearn, 0-803381, was in charge of the search. Aircraft from the 26th Fighter Squadron, the 21st Photo Reconnaissance Squadron and the 19th Liaison Squadron searched all of 21 January 1945. The Chinese guerilla and army net was alerted. 2ndLt John H. Jobson reported that at about 1500 hours, Capt. Burton radioed him for the flight to “Hose Nose,” meaning to wait for him so he could join them. No further contact was made.

 

BURTON, GLADE CLEMENT, JR., Captain, # 0-671496, USAAF

 

Glade C. Burton Jr. was born on 25 February 1919 in Stroud, Lincoln Co., Oklahoma, to Glade C. Burton (1885-1969) (KS) and Katie Lou (Paris) Burton (1890-1975) (TN) . Siblings were Katherine Gayle (Burton) Johnson (1917-2006), Marjorie Ellen (Burton) Boyce (1921-2006), Dorothy Ann (Burton) Murray (1930-2006). He married Kathrina Bernice Fehrie on 30 June 1941 in McCloud, Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma.