43-24178         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. Two other P-40s went missing on this flight.

 

ALEXANDER, KENNETH STEWART, Second Lieutenant, # 0-692127, USAAF

 

Kenneth S. Alexander was born on 7 October 1916 in Kansas City, Clay Co., Missouri, to Kenneth S. Alexander (1893-1972) and Lucia Grosvenor (Wilson) Alexander (1892-1979). Siblings included Betty Jean Alexander (1919-2005) and Gordon Wilson Alexander (1924-1998), and Thomas W. Alexander (1921-2010). He graduated from Central High School in 1933. He married Jeanne Elizabeth Tyler on 21 June 1940.  

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 3434 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, and described himself as 6’, 154 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. 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.