43-6177           P51

 

On 27 March 1944, a P-51A-10 Mustang, # 43-6177, assigned to 10th Air Force, 5320th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed the air field at Mohanbari, India, on a mission to intercept enemy aircraft SE of Dum Dum. The interception took place near a mountain lake. There were 3 layers of overcast about 1,000 feet apart, starting at 9,000 feet. It was clear above 18,000 to 19,000 feet. The P-51 was last seen about 40 miles SE of Dum Dum. It was flown by 1stLt Glen W. Paradise, 0-666428. A witness was Capt. James J. England, 0-662903. No search was conducted. Capt. England reported: He was leading a flight scrambled to intercept enemy aircraft. They climbed to 20,000 feet at position Lone King 20-40 at 1110 hours when they saw the enemy. Lt. Paradise was leading an element. He picked an enemy bomber and Paradise picked another and they made their run with Zeros trailing them. Paradise pulled off his bomber, climbing to the right. England was eluding enemy fighters. Their flight of five P-51s had attacked a flight of twelve enemy bombers and twenty plus fighters. He did not see Paradise again.

 

PARADISE, GLEN W., First Lieutenant, # 0-666428, USAAF

 

Glen W. Paradise was born on 25 December 1924 in Irving, Dallas County, Texas, to Alonzo Franklin “Frank” Paradise (1881-1959) and Willie Mae (Bankston) Paradise (1884-1961). Siblings included Evelyn (Paradise) Harvey (1902-    ), Clemmy Paradise (1905-    ), Bonnie Muse Paradise (1907-1953), Bill Jack Paradise (1907-1967), Elaine Paradise (1911-2000), Vernon David Paradise (1915-1944), Aubrey Earl Paradise (1918-1995), and Ruby Dell (Paradise) Shepherd (1913-1991).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at Shepard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas, on 29 January 1942. On 27 March 1944, a P-51A-10 Mustang, # 43-6177, assigned to 10th Air Force, 5320th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed the air field at Mohanbari, India, on a mission to intercept enemy aircraft SE of Dum Dum. The interception took place near a mountain lake. There were 3 layers of overcast about 1,000 feet apart, starting at 9,000 feet. It was clear above 18,000 to 19,000 feet. The P-51 was last seen about 40 miles SE of Dum Dum. They climbed to 20,000 feet at position Lone King 20-40 at 1110 hours when they saw the enemy. Lt. Paradise was leading an element. Capt. England picked an enemy bomber and Paradise picked another and they made their run with Zeros trailing them. Paradise pulled off his bomber, climbing to the right. England was eluding enemy fighters. Their flight of five P-51s had attacked a flight of twelve enemy bombers and twenty plus fighters. England did not see Paradise again. He is remembered on the memoral wall at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.