43-25148         F6 (MACR 14296)

 

On 16 April 1945, a F-6C-10, # 43-25148 (Mustang reconnaissance version), assigned to 8th Photo Reconnaisance Group, 20th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the airfield at Mawnubyin on a reconnaissance mission over Chaunggwa, Burma. The aircraft hit by anti-aircraft fire and was seen to crash at about 1330 hours about 8 miles East of Chaunggwa, Burma. The pilot, killed in action, was 1stLt Edward H. Dougherty Jr., # 0-669876.

 

Witnesses included 1stLt Benjamin F. Ford, 0-758788, 2ndLt James E. Carberry Jr., 0-825409, and 2ndLt Jack M. Burnett, 0-721957. Lt. Ford reported that on reaching his target, Lt. Dougherty went into a climbing turn to make his run. His aircraft lurched and white smoke streamed from the engine. He leveled out and flew straight as if to make the bay or get away from the river. He flew for about 1 minute then did a slow wingover and crashed. The aircraft burst into flames upon impact.

 

DOUGHERTY, EDWARD HERSEY, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-6660876, USAAF

 

Edward H. Dougherty Jr. was born on 30 August 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward H. Dougherty (1891-    ) and Retta E. (Wighton) Dougherty (1888-1964). Siblings included George Wighton Doughtery (1921-2012), Jeanette Alice Dougherty (1928-1999). He completed a year of college.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Jamaica, New York, on 4 March 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings to fly the P-51 Mustang. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 April 1945, a F-6C-10, # 43-25148 (Mustang reconnaissance version), assigned to 8th Photo Reconnaisance Group, 20th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the airfield at Mawnubyin on a reconnaissance mission over Chaunggwa, Burma. The aircraft hit by anti-aircraft fire and was seen to crash at about 1330 hours about 8 miles East of Chaunggwa, Burma. Witnesses included 1stLt Benjamin F. Ford, 0-758788, 2ndLt James E. Carberry Jr., 0-825409, and 2ndLt Jack M. Burnett, 0-721957. Lt. Ford reported that on reaching his target, Lt. Dougherty went into a climbing turn to make his run. His aircraft lurched and white smoke streamed from the engine. He leveled out and flew straight as if to make the bay or get away from the river. He flew for about 1 minute then did a slow wingover and crashed. The aircraft burst into flames upon impact. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. P, Grave 922).

 

His brother George W. Doughtery, born 7 August 1921, served in the USAAF, a Captain. He died on 15 January 2012 and is buried next to Edward H. in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.