43-23608

 

On 22 August 1944 a P-40N-20CU, # 43-23608, assigned to 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Enshih, China, on a combat sweep mission over the Yangtze River between Hankow and Sinti, China. It was last seen at about 1125 hours west of the Yangtze River, 8 miles north of Sinti, by Lt.Col. William Norman Reed, 0-398589. The pilot was 2ndLt Robert David Guthrie, # 0-701096. Lt.Col. Reed reported that they engaged enemy Zeros and Oscars and he did not see 2ndLt Guthrie again.

 

GUTHRIE, ROBERT DAVID, Second Lieutenant, # 0-701096, USAAF

 

Robert D. Guthrie was born on 13 September 1922 in Terre Haute, Vigo Co., Indiana, to Rev. Clarence E. Guthrie (IN) (1898-1994) and Marjorie E. (Hensley) Guthrie (1902-1983) (IL) (who at the time resided at 2030 N. 14th St., Harrison, Vigo Co., IN) (married 30 June 1921, IN). Siblings included Ruth Marie (Guthrie) Leigh (1924-2015), Gladys L. (Guthrie) Hoffmeister (1926-2007), Mary Ethel (Guthrie) Lee (1927-2015), and Paul Arthur Guthrie (1933-     ). He graduated from Marion High School, Marion, Indiana.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas, while residing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on 28 February 1943. 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 22 August 1944 a P-40N-20CU, # 43-23608, assigned to 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Enshih, China, on a combat sweep mission over the Yangtze River between Hankow and Sinti, China. It was last seen at about 1125 hours west of the Yangtze River, 8 miles north of Sinti, by Lt.Col. William Norman Reed, 0-398589. Lt.Col. Reed reported that they engaged enemy Zeros and Oscars and he did not see 2ndLt Guthrie again. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

Robert D. Guthrie, Yearbook Picture -

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