He enlisted in the USAAF in Ohio. He completed flight school and advance flight schools to pilot the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. His last assignment was to the 497 Air Squadron. In India, he was assigned to fly on a B-25 in search of the two missing crews and his B-25 Mitchell crashed in the India. Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. After recovery from India, the indistinguishable remains of three of the crew (Nathanson, Worschak, & Esposito) were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 21 March 1949 (Sec. 15, Grave 72).
His brother, Nelson S. Nathanson, born 9 January 1921, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, an Ensign, aviator, from 5 January 1943 to 17 December 1945. He died on 29 April 1967 and was buried in the Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California.
Nelson S. & Arnold M. Nathanson