43-28995

 

On 15 March 1945 an F5E-2LO (reconnaissance variant of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning), “Barfly,” # 43-28995, assigned 14th Air Force, 21st Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, Kunming, China. Departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a photo reconnaissance mission over Canton and Hong Kong. The F5E had 9 ½ hours of fuel for a 6 hour mission but, did not return. The pilot, killed in action, was 2ndLt James M. Innerarity, # 0-781873.

 

INNERARITY, JAMES MARQUES, Second Lieutenant, # 0-781873, USAAF

 

James M. “Tootsie” Innerarity was born on 17 August 1924 to James Emmanuel Innerarity (1893-1943) and Opal Adalhia (Schullia) Innerarity (1902-1992). Sibling Opal Florence Innerarity (1926-1996).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 14 December 1942, a student in Eucinia Hall at Stanford University, resided at 1112 Edgemont St., San Diego, CA, and described himself as 5’11 ¾”, 158 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 27 March 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and were assigned to fly the F-5, a reconnaissance variant of the P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 15 March 1945 an F5E-2LO (reconnaissance variant of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning), “Barfly,” # 43-28995, assigned 14th Air Force, 21st Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, Kunming, China. Departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a photo reconnaissance mission over Canton and Hong Kong. The F5E had 9 ½ hours of fuel for a 6 hour mission but, did not return. The USAAF was unable to  locate his aircraft or him, he remains missing. 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 father, born 7 May 1893, served in the U.S. Army, Corporal, # 80686, machinegunner, 8th M.G. Regiment, M.G. Battalion, 3rd Division, during WWI from 3 November 1918. He died on 16 January 1943 and wass buried on 19 January 1943 in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California (Sec. E. Grave 114).

James E Innerarity