43-23800

 

On 12 June 1944 a P-40N, # 43-23800, assigned to 14th Air Force, 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a flight to Kunming, China. Last contact was by radio with Maj. Edward O. McComas, 0-412867, when the P-40 was 180 miles east of Chabua, India.  The pilot was 1stLt Warren J. Christensen, # 0-725681. It was last seen about 10 miles east of the Mekong River near Yun Lung (near Ta-Li mountain).

 

CHRISTENSEN, WARREN J., First Lieutenant, # 0-725681, USAAF

 

Warren J. Christensen was born on 12 December 1918 in Minnesota to Arthur Peer Christensen (1894-1985) and Rose Cecelia Christensen (1893-1956). Siblings included Albert Arthur Christensen (1926-2010) and David M. Christensen (1932-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Lawndale, California, on 19 October 1941. 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 12 June 1944 a P-40N, # 43-23800, assigned to 14th Air Force, 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a flight to Kunming, China. Last contact was by radio with Maj. Edward O. McComas, 0-412867, when the P-40 was 180 miles east of Chabua, India. It was last seen about 10 miles east of the Mekong River near Yun Lung, French Indochina (near Ta-Li mountain) (Vietnam). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Saron Cemetery, Thor, Aitkin Co., Minnesota.

 

His brother, Albert A. Christensen, born 10 January 1926, served starting 2 June 1944. He died 2 November 2010.