43-24158         P40

 

On 5 July 1944, a P-40N-21CU, # 43-24158, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Fighter Reconnaisance Squadron, was last seen in the vicinity of Sinshihpu, China, heading in the direction of Kaolow, China. The pilot was 2ndLt George W. Denton, 0-689749. The last radio contact was with Capt. Robert E. Gee, 0-439703 and the last sighting was by 2ndLt Howard H. Stephenson, 0-810759.

 

Capt. Gee reported: He led the 2nd flight and Lt. Denton was second in the flight. About half way through the strafing mission, he heard someone call that he was hit and heading southeast.

 

2ndLt Stephenson reported: Lt. Denton was in front of him in the flight of four fighters. The flights made a strafing run along the road from Lialing toYuhsien about 4 miles north of Sinshihpu. As Lt. Denton climbed after dropping parafrags on a concentration of enemy troops, his ship began trailing smoke. Lt. Stephenson called him and told him about the smoke trail. He acknowledged and said he was heading SE and would bail out. The last time Stephenson saw Denton’s fighter, it was at about 1,200 to 1,500 heading toward Kaolow.

 

Inadequate information was available to recount 2ndLt Denton’s history. Information is welcome.

42-105901       P40

 

On 6 August 1944, a P-40N-6-CU, # 105901, “Buckaroo II,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, was with a flight on a combat mission out of the airfield at Kweilin, China, and was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire at about 1930Z near Kweilin. The pilot was 1stLt Robert G. O’Brien, # 0-798342. He was killed in action. The last to have contact with him were Maj. Ira B. Jones III, 0-789325, and Capt. Raymond V. Darby, 0-727969. The flight of seven fighters was on a night flight at 10,000 feet over Kweilin airfield, led by Maj. Jones. The flight had to descend through two overcasts before coming out over the airfield. 1stLt O’Brien crashed in descent.

 

O’BRIEN, ROBERT G., First Lieuenant, # 0-798342, USAAF

 

Robert G. O’Brien was born on 26 March 1921 and enlisted in New York, New York. He completed basic and advanced flight instruction and was commissioned and earned his pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to 14th Air Force in China. On 6 August 1944, a P-40N-6-CU, # 105901, “Buckaroo II,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, was with a flight on a combat mission out of the airfield at Kweilin, China, and was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire at about 1930Z near Kweilin. The pilot was 1stLt Robert G. O’Brien, # 0-798342. He was killed in action. The last to have contact with him were Maj. Ira B. Jones III, 0-789325, and Capt. Raymond V. Darby, 0-727969. The flight of seven fighters was on a night flight at 10,000 feet over Kweilin airfield, led by Maj. Jones. The flight had to descend through two overcasts before coming out over the airfield. 1stLt O’Brien crashed in descent. His remains were recovered and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 25 January 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 579).