43-23452         P40

 

On 8 July 1944, a P-40N-20, # 43-23452, assigned to 10th Air Force, F.O.T.U., 338th Fighter Group, departed Landhi Field, India, on a formation flight. 2ndLt Samuel (NMI) Jaffe, # 0-821715, was the pilot. He was last seen by 2ndLt T.R. Ankrim, 0-820192 and 2ndLt L.M. Holcomb, 0-820273. Last radio contact was with Capt. W.E. Weindorf, 0-433762.

 

Major Earl J. Harrington reported: A search was begun 9 July 1944. A-24 aircraft were used in flights of 2 and 4, with A-36 and P-40 aircraft. The search continued for 2 days. Bad weather hampered the search a 3rd day and made continuing the search impossible the 4th and 5th days. The aircraft was classed as lost on 14 July 1944.

 

2ndLt Thomas R. Ankrim reported: After a broken formation, he rejoined on P-40-N20, flown by Capt. Werner E. Weindorf. He felt a jolt and realized a plane collided with him. It was a P-40-N20 flown by Lt. Jaffe. He was rejoining the flight but was higher and did not see Ankrim. When Ankrim last saw Jaffe, Jaffe’s belly tank was streaming fuel. Capt. Weindorf directed Jaffe to drop his belly tank. The 3 landed but Capt. Weindorf flew back to find Jaffe. This took place at about 130º SE of Landhi Field, about 20 miles. 2ndLt Jaffe’s fighter crashed, killing him, near Karachi, India.

 

JAFFE, SAMUEL (NMI), Second Lieutenant, # 0-821715, USAAF

 

Samuel Jaffe was born on 4 August 1924 in Bronx, New York, New York, to Max Jaffe (1905-2007) (Ukraine) and Sonia (Novelsky) Jaffe (1906-1986) (Makarower, Ukraine, Russia). He had a brother, Jacob Jaffe (1930-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 8 July 1944, a P-40N-20, # 43-23452, assigned to 10th Air Force, F.O.T.U., 338th Fighter Group, departed Landhi Field, India, on a formation flight. 2ndLt Samuel (NMI) Jaffe, # 0-821715, was the pilot. He was last seen by 2ndLt T.R. Ankrim, 0-820192 and 2ndLt L.M. Holcomb, 0-820273. Last radio contact was with Capt. W.E. Weindorf, 0-433762. 2ndLt Thomas R. Ankrim reported: After a broken formation, he rejoined on P-40-N20, flown by Capt. Werner E. Weindorf. He felt a jolt and realized a plane collided with him. It was a P-40-N20 flown by Lt. Jaffe. He was rejoining the flight but was higher and did not see Ankrim. When Ankrim last saw Jaffe, Jaffe’s belly tank was streaming fuel. Capt. Weindorf directed Jaffe to drop his belly tank. The 3 landed but Capt. Weindorf flew back to find Jaffe. This took place at about 130º SE of Landhi Field, about 20 miles. 2ndLt Jaffe’s fighter crashed, killing him, near Karachi, India. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk