43-25208         P51

 

On 19 November 1944, a P-51C-11Nt, “Tail # 263,” # 43-25208, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Nannin, China, on a cross country mission to Kunming, China. It was last known to have been at Nanning at 1400 hours. The pilot was 1stLt James G. Hamilton, # 0-377032. Last to have radio contact with him were Col. L.R. Hughes, 0-2480, and 1stLt Hal W. Foster, 0-1703588.

 

The MACR report says: 1stLt Hamilton was in contact with Col. Hughes, who was on a transport on the airfield. Hamilton said he was through the overcast and above it. 1stLt Foster took off with Lt. Hamilton. Foster tried calling Hamilton but got no reply. Lt. Foster got above the overcast but could not find or contact Hamilton.

 

HAMILTON, JAMES GRIGSBY, JR., Captain, # 0-377032, USAAF

 

James G. Hamilton Jr. was born on 11 February 1918 in Shasta, California, to James G. Hamilton (1892-1966) and Clara Prahl (Horton) Hamilton (1896-1957).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 November 1944, a P-51C-11Nt, “Tail # 263,” # 43-25208, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Nannin, China, on a cross country mission to Kunming, China. It was last known to have been at Nanning at 1400 hours. Last to have radio contact with him were Col. L.R. Hughes, 0-2480, and 1stLt Hal W. Foster, 0-1703588.  The MACR report says: 1stLt Hamilton was in contact with Col. Hughes, who was on a transport on the airfield. Hamilton said he was through the overcast and above it. 1stLt Foster took off with Lt. Hamilton. Foster tried calling Hamilton but got no reply. Lt. Foster got above the overcast but could not find or contact Hamilton. After recovery, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. C, Grave 1277).