He completed the run, turned left, leveled out and flew straight then went into the ground at about 1145 hrs Zulu 1-2 miles southeast of the line of railroad cars. The B-25 slid along the ground. He saw no damage to the B-25 before he hit the ground. Stayed overhead to 1200 hrs but could not see the B-25 again. 1stLt John Thomson, 0-700821, reported on return from a mission on 31 May 1945, searched where 43-27810 was reported down. Found the B-25 at 1115 hours Zulu at 34° 22’ North & 113° 46’ East. He was at 6,000’ and took photographs. The B-25 was about 1,500’ east of the Sincheng, Vietnam, railroad yards, lying north of a row of trees on the edge of a gully. The B-25 was severely damaged, fuselage visible and faces north. The wings and engine nacelles appear destroyed and considerable wreckage is strewn about. It appears that the B-25 slid on its belly from the southwest to where it stopped. There were no visible signs of activity at the wreckage. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother Robert J. Van Wart, born 26 March 1926, served in the U.S. Army from 2 May 1944 to 1 June 1946. He died 8 April 1997 and is buried in the Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.

 

His brother, Arthur F. Van Wart, born 28 December 1923, served in the U.S. Army from 13 November 1942 to 7 December 1945. He died 7 September 2002.