43-25034         MACR 11892

 

On 3 January 1945 a North American P-51C-11 Mustang, # 43-25034, assigned 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 8th Fihter Squadron, Ankang, China, departed the airfield at Laohojow, China, on a mission to skip bomb and strafe between Hankow and Kuikiang. Last contact was at about 1200 hours between Siaokan and Anlu Tean. The pilot was Capt. Maurice A, Strand, # 0-661150, who was killed in action; his P-51 hit by anti-aircraft fire. Last contact by radio was with 1stLt Heyward A. Paxton Jr., 0-800584, who is also missing (returned to duty). On 27 February 1945, the surgeon at Laohokow, China, reported that Capt. Strand’s body was brought to that base and identified. It was shipped to the 95th Station Hospital on 19 February 1945. Capt. Strand had parachuted 20 miles southeast of Fangcheng. Manner of death was not reported. 1stLt Paxton went missing soon afterward.

 

STRAND, MAURICE ALFRED, Captain, # 0-661150, USAAF

 

Maurice A. Strand was born on 3 December 1916 in Enderlin, North Dakota, to Hans Morris Strand (1885-1932) (ND) and Martha Wilhelmina (Schadler) Strand (1885-1966) (MINN.) (married 30 November 1915, Verona, Ransom Co., ND). He was married to Mary Majella (Pepin) Corpron nee Strand (1920-1967) on 4 July 1942 in Brooks, Texas. Their daughter was Annette Strand (1943-1986).

 

He registered for the WWII draft, employed by S.L. Bachelor, resided at 5627 46th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA, and described himself as 5’10 ½”, 153 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on the back of his right ear. He 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 3 January 1945 a North American P-51C-11 Mustang, # 43-25034, assigned 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 8th Fihter Squadron, Ankang, China, departed the airfield at Laohojow, China, on a mission to skip bomb and strafe between Hankow and Kuikiang. Last contact was at about 1200 hours between Siaokan and Anlu Tean. The pilot was Capt. Maurice A, Strand, # 0-661150, who was killed in action; his P-51 hit by anti-aircraft fire. Last contact by radio was with 1stLt Heyward A. Paxton Jr., 0-800584, who is also missing (returned to duty). On 27 February 1945, the surgeon at Laohokow, China, reported that Capt. Strand’s body was brought to that base and identified. It was shipped to the 95th Station Hospital on 19 February 1945. Capt. Strand had parachuted 20 miles southeast of Fangcheng. Manner of death was not reported. 1stLt Paxton went missing soon afterward. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California (Sec. K, Grave 47).