43-25228         MACR

 

On 20 January 1945 a P-51C-10 Mustang, # 43-25228, assigned 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Kanchow, China. Departed the airfield on a combat fighter sweep over Shanghai, China. Last contact by radio was at about 1430 Zulu with 1stLt Ira A. Binkley, 0-692646, when it was about 1 hour out of Shanghai. The pilot was F/O Billy G. Seago, # T-124815. A report from the Hqs Shanghai Base Commander dated 11 October 1945 was that F/O Seago was killed in action on 20 January 1945.

 

SEAGO, BILLY GENE, Flight Officer, # T-124815, USAAF

 

Billy G. Seago was born on 31 March 1925 in Rice, Erath Co., Texas, to Eugene Richard Seago (1900-1967) and Etha Evelyn (Bramblett) Seago (1901-1978). Siblings were James Wendall Seago (1928-1999), Shirley Ruth (Seago) Parks (1932-1993). His father was a farmer in 1925

 

After enlisting in the USAAF he was appointed as a Flight Officer and trained to pilot the P-51 Mustang. He earned his pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 January 1945 a P-51C-10 Mustang, # 43-25228, assigned 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Kanchow, China. Departed the airfield on a combat fighter sweep over Shanghai, China. Last contact by radio was at about 1430 Zulu with 1stLt Ira A. Binkley, 0-692646, when it was about 1 hour out of Shanghai. A report from the Headquarters Shanghai Base Commander dated 11 October 1945 was that F/O Seago was killed in action on 20 January 1945. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Hico Cemetery, Hico, Hamilton Co., Texas.

 

His brother, James W. Seago, born 8 March 1928, served in the U.S. Army from 23 September 1946 to 10 August 1949. He died 10 December 1999 and is buried in the Mattox Cemetery, Diana, Upshur Co., Texas.

43-27807         MACR 14729

 

On 20 June 1945 a B-25J, “Carolyn K,” # 43-27807, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, departed the airfield on a bombing mission to Quang Tri, French Indochina (Annam or Vietnam). It was seen to crash at about 1508 Zulu near Quang Tri (16° 45’ North & 107° 11’ East). The crew was:

 

                                                Pilot                             1stLt James C. Carey                0-822375

                                                Co-Pilot                       1stLt Fred M. Carey                 0-822374

                                                Navigator                    1stLt Joseph L. Franklin           0-889199

                                                Bombardier                  1stLt George E. Doyle             0-766226

                                                Crew Chief                  SSgt George M. Goodwin        33826749