43-6081           P51

 

On 23 July 1944, a P-51-B-7, # 43-6081, assigned to 10th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 529th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield with other fighters at Dinjan, India, on a fighter sweep mission over Mandalay, Burma. The last sight of the fighter was at about 1440 hours at 22º 48’ North & 96º 13’ East in Burma. The pilot was 1stLt Joe O. Wilson, # 0-665657. The last to see him was 1stLt Wesley Y. Clement, 0-800472. The last contact with him by radio was with Capt. Armand O. Erdmann, 0-737037.

 

1stLt Clement reported: At 20,000 feet over Burma, he noted 1stLt Wilson’s fighter lost position in the formation. He heard 1stLt Wilson call Capt. Erdmann and report trouble. The flight circled and he saw that 1stLt Wilson’s fighter continued to lose altitude at about 12,000 feet. 1stLt Wilson’s fighter was next into or below the overcast. Capt. Erdmann reported: At about 1435 hours, 1stLt Wilson called, “Am having a little trouble down here. My engine quit.” Capt. Erdmann was unable to contact him. 1stLt Feno Monaco, 0-671756, reported: At about 0850 hours, 26 July 1944, a six aircraft search mission, led by Lt.Col. Habecker, departed Tingkawk Sakan, Burma, and was over the area by about 1005 hours. They descended and searched a 10 square mile area with no sighting. They searched the area with no result. A map in the MACR folder indicates they were last at 20,000 feet when they last saw him mid-way between map locations “ONXON” and “Sheedwingxi” NNE of the Irrawady River in Burma.

 

WILSON, JOE “OLLIE” OLIVE, Captain, 0-665657, USAAF

 

Joe O. Wilson was born on 19 June 1919 in Foreman, Little River Co., Arkansas to Charles C. Wilson (1885-1956) and Ethel (Olive) Wilson (1886-1969).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 5’9”, 155 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He had a scar over his right eye. He enlisted in the USAAF and completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 23 July 1944, a P-51-B-7, # 43-6081, assigned to 10th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 529th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield with other fighters at Dinjan, India, on a fighter sweep mission over Mandalay, Burma. The last sight of the fighter was at about 1440 hours at 22º 48’ North & 96º 13’ East in Burma. At about 1435 hours, 1stLt Wilson called, “Am having a little trouble down here. My engine quit.” He was captured by the enemy and imprisoned as a POW. He survived and was liberated. He died 28 February 1988 in Foreman, Arkansas, and is buried in the Dollarhide Cemetery, Foreman, Arkansas.