43-25186

 

On 20 December 1944 a P-51C-10, # 43-25186, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Suichwan, China, on a strafing mission of Hong Kong Harbor. It was last seen about 30 miles south of Namyung, China, by 1stLt Maurice H. Wells, 0-701698. The pilot was 1stLt Carlton (NMI) Covey, # 0-798256, who said on the radio that his fighter was hit in the coolant area when he strafed Kaitak airfield.

 

COVEY, CARLTON, First Lieutenant, # 0-798256, USAAF

 

Carlton Covey was born on 15 September 1919 in Easton, Talbot Co., Maryland, to James Cleveland Covey (1888-1977) and Rose A. (Marvel) Covey (1886-1982). Siblings included James Cleveland Covey Jr. (1913-1993) and Kenneth Marvel Covey (1922-1983). He was married to Frances Marie (Marshall) Covey (1915-2000) on 1 August 1942 in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

He registered for the WWII draft, employed by H.B. Atkinson, resided at 311 Needwood Ave., Easton, Talbot Co., MD, and described himself as 5’10”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Baltimore, Maryland, on 20 March 1942. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 December 1944 a P-51C-10, # 43-25186, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Suichwan, China, on a strafing mission of Hong Kong Harbor. It was last seen about 30 miles south of Namyung, China, by 1stLt Maurice H. Wells, 0-701698. 1stLt Covey radioed that his fighter was hit in the coolant area when he strafed Kaitak airfield. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Over time his remains were recovered and buried on 9 February 2000 in the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock, Maryland (Sec. E, Row 27, Grave 13).