43-6273           P51

 

LOCKETT, ROBERT L , Second Lieutenant, # 0-672635, USAAF

 

On 25 November 1943, at about 1010 hours, a P-51A-10 Mustang, # 43-6273, departed RAMU, a 10th Air Force field of the 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, on a fighter protection (escort) mission to Rangoon, Burma. The P-51A was last seen five miles south of Rangoon. It was flown by 2ndLt Robert L. Lockett, 0-672635. The fighter was last seen by 1stLt Geoffrey E. Neal, 0-666427. There was no organized search. 1stLt Neal reported: “I was flying near Lt. Lockett at 14,000 feet, about 5 miles south of Rangoon, on mission escorting Loons. When I last saw Lt. Lockett he seemed OK – there was no indication of any trouble whatsoever. We were engaging enemy fighters at the time and I had no further opportunity to observe his actions.”

Lockett was born 1923 in New Mexico, to Wyatt Coffee Lockett (1893-1962) (TX) and Lennie M Lockett (1895- ) (AR). A sibling was sister Joan Lockett (1926- ) (TX). His father was an electrician. This information is not corroborated.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 6 April 1942 in Dallas, Texas, while residing in Electra, Wichita County, Texas. On 25 November 1943, at about 1010 hours, a P-51A-10 Mustang, # 43-6273, departed RAMU, a 10th Air Force field of the 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, on a fighter protection (escort) mission to Rangoon, Burma. The P-51A was last seen five miles south of Rangoon. It was flown by 2ndLt Robert L. Lockett, 0-672635. The fighter was last seen by 1stLt Geoffrey E. Neal, 0-666427. There was no organized search. He was awarded an Air Medal and Purple Heart.

P-51A-1

530th Fighter Group P-51 over Burma