43-4605           B25

 

On 13 August 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4605, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, Feni, Bengal, India, departed its airfield on a low level bombing mission to the railroad from Tentabin to Wunsho, Burma. It was disabled and crashed when it was hit by enemy ground fire. The crew was:

 

                                      Pilot                             Maj. Warren W. Sutton                         0-884166

                                      Navigator                    1stLt Lewis B. Hoagland                      0-739097

                                      Crew Chief                  SSgt Clarence O. Manny                      16004926

                                      Radio Operator            TSgt Francisco Maturo                        12028333

                                      Armorer                       SSgt George H. Woodward                  33193337

                                            (Enlisted men served dually as gunners)

 

Those who reported its crash were 1stLt Carter O. Cooper, 0-794382, 2ndLt Kenneth R. Mang, 0-696117, and 2ndLt Arden Z. Oats, 0-672178. 1stLt Cooper reported that after they bombed and strafed, he saw a B-25 with its right engine on fire losing altitude. It hit trees, crashed and exploded about 4 miles northwest of Kanbalu. 2ndLt Mang reported that after attacking, he heard 1stLt Cooper say, “They’ve got one.” He turned and saw the explosion. 2ndLt Oats reported that he saw the fire aftermath and saw a wing with the American star insignia.

SUTTON, WARREN WAUGH, Major, # 0-884166, USAAF

 

Warren W. Sutton was born on 12 April 1920 in Gibsland, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, to Henry H. Sutton (1888-1963) (LA) and Mary Sophia (Wilkinson) Sutton (1891-1977) (NE). Siblings included Sophie E. (Sutton) Frazier (1921-2008), Dorothy Louise (Sutton) Blackburn (1923-2018) and half-sibling Harry Rhodes Sutton (1914-1987). He attended the Louisiana Polytechnical Institute 1935-1937. Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandfather, Walter Abell Wilkinson (1858-1939) (MO) (widow of Mary Sophia Wilkinson (1863-1916) (MO).

 

He enlisted in the Royal Canadian A.F. in Toronto, Canada, February 1941 and was commissioned in October 1941, then sent to England. He joined the USAAF as a commissioned pilot in March 1943. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 August 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4605, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, Feni, Bengal, India, departed its airfield on a low level bombing mission to the railroad from Tentabin to Wunsho, Burma. It was disabled when it was hit by enemy ground fire. Those who reported its crash were 1stLt Carter O. Cooper, 0-794382, 2ndLt Kenneth R. Mang, 0-696117, and 2ndLt Arden Z. Oats, 0-672178. 1stLt Cooper reported that after they bombed and strafed, he saw a B-25 with its right engine on fire losing altitude. It hit trees, crashed and exploded about 4 miles northwest of Kanbalu. 2ndLt Mang reported that after attacking, he heard 1stLt Cooper say, “They’ve got one.” He turned and saw the explosion. 2ndLt Oats reported that he saw the fire aftermath and saw a wing with the American star insignia. Once recovered the remains of the crew (1stLt Lewis B. Hoagland, SSgt. Clarence O. Manny, TSgt. Francisco Maturo, Maj. Warren W. Sutton, & SSgt. George H. Wooodward) were buried together (four caskets with five indistinguishable remains) on 7 September 1949 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia (Sec. 34, Graves 4895, 4896). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross when with RCAF No. 69 Squadron and it was presented by King George VI.