He was sent overseas through India to China. On 28 March 1945 a North American P-51C-10 Mustang, # 43-24977, assigned 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Tuhshan, China, on a combat fighter sweep over the Kaitak airdrome. Last contact was at about 1340 hours when the aircraft was over Hong Kong. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Cook Co., Illinois.

43-24989         MACR 11753

 

On 25 January 1945 a North American P-51C-10 Mustang, # 43-24989, assigned 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 25th Fighter Squadron, Laohokow, China. Departed the airfield on a combat fighter sweep and last contact was at about 1150 Zulu near 33° 15’ North & 117° 00’ East. The pilot was 1stLt Joseph A. Sullivan, # 0-798373, who called and said his oil pressure was zero and he was returning to base. He then called, “I’m bailing out.” 1stLt James T. Moore saw his P-51 going down and saw it crash and burn. They did not see a parachute. The crash was about 10-15 miles west of the railroad and Kuchen, China, was near the railroad on the east side.

 

SULLIVAN, JOSEPH A., First Lieutenant, # 0-798373, USAAF

 

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Joseph A. Sullivan completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the Curtiss P-51. He earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 25 January 1945 a North American P-51C-10 Mustang, # 43-24989, assigned 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 25th Fighter Squadron, Laohokow, China. Departed the airfield on a combat fighter sweep and last contact was at about 1150 Zulu near 33° 15’ North & 117° 00’ East. He called and said his oil pressure was zero and he was returning to base. He then called, “I’m bailing out.” 1stLt James T. Moore saw his P-51 going down and saw it crash and burn. They did not see a parachute. The crash was about 10-15 miles west of the railroad and Kuchen, China, was near the railroad on the east side. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.