44-11055         MACR 13591

 

On 28 March 1945 a P-51C-10 Mustang, # 44-11055, assign to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Tuhshan, China, on a combat fighter sweep of the Kaitak airdrome and was last noted at 1340 hrs over Hong Kong. The pilot was Major Philip G. Chapman, # 0-389284, 74th Fighter Squadron Commander. His P-51 was seen to spin in a dive and crashed at Changting, China.

 

CHAPMAN, PHILIP GODFREY, Major, # 0-389284, USAAF

 

Philip G. Chapman was born 15 January 1919 in Houston, Harris Co., Texas, to Homer Newton Chapman (1891-1931) (TX) and Helen Evangeline (Godfrey) Wilson nee Chapman (1895-1987) (OK) (married 31 December 1916, Hughes, OK). He attended the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia. He was married to Dorothy Ann (Blair) Chapman (1920-2011) on 22 November 1941 in Sebastian, Arkansas. They had a son.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 1 January 1941, and he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 28 March 1945 a P-51C-10, # 44-11055, assign to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Tuhshan, China, on a combat fighter sweep of the Kaitak airdrome and was last seen at 1340 hrs over Hong Kong. He was the Commander, 74th Fighter Squadron. His P-51 was seen to spin in a dive and crashed at Changting, China. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Waxahachie City Cemetery, Waxahachie, Texas.

A Leader of Men He Became!!