44-11064         MACR 13585

 

On 29 March 1945 a P-51C-10 Mustang, # 44-11064, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Tuhshan, China, to dive bomb Ishan, China. The pilot was 2ndLt Ralph W. McMaster, # 0-824528. He crashed into a mountain 30 kilometers southwest of Tuhshan, China, and his remains were found in the wreckage.

 

MCMASTER, RALPH WILLIAM, Second Lieutenant, # 0-824528, USAAF

 

Ralph W. McMaster was born on 6 February 1925 in Kittaning, Armstrong Co., Pennsylvania, to Ralph Warren McMaster (1898-1979) and (1) (veteran’s mother) Beatrice Pearl (Ross) Faith nee McMaster (1902-1950) (PA) and (2) Mildred Pearl (Lerner-Bowser) McMaster (1917-1965) (married Mildred 27 August 1941 – married Beatrice 7 September 1921). The 1940 census shows Ralph Warren McMaster as divorced). Beatrice P. McMaster married John Edward Faith (1905-1944) on 26 July 1940 in Winchester, Virginia. He had no siblings. The military records show birth year of 1923 but his parental application for PA benefits states 1925).

 

He enlisted (enlisted SN 13171903) in the USAAF on 11 April 1943, 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 in August of 1944. On 29 March 1945 a P-51C-10, # 44-11064, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Tuhshan, China, to dive bomb Ishan, China. He crashed into a mountain 30 kilometers southwest of Tuhshan, China, and his remains were found in the wreckage. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 24 January 1949 (Sec, A, Grave 415). He was awarded the Purple Heart.