44-11104         MACR 12002

 

On 23 January 1945 a P-51C-11NT, # 43-11104, assigned to 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Laohokow on a mission to dive bomb and strafe the enemy at the Suchow railroad yards. The pilot was Capt. Frank D. Klump, # 0-794256. 1stLt Floyd A. Everett Jr., 0-734213, reported that their flight strafed the railroad yards, locomotives and a motor pool. Near Yenchow, Capt. Klump strafed an enemy troop concentration. Capt. Klump was hit by enemy fire and a vaporous flow began coming from his left wing. He turned toward their base at about 1,500’ to 2,000’. After about 10-15 miles, he said his engine was cutting out and he was going to bail out. His engine began to flame. He blew his canopy clear. He climbed out and had just stepped onto the wing when the fighter hit the ground. The P-51 burst on fire and they did not see him again. They circled several times.

 

KLUMP, FRANK D., Captain, # 0-794256, USAAF

 

Frank D. Klump was born on 21 December 1917 in Robinson, Crawford Co., Illinois, to Gaylord Robert Klump (1893-1920) (IL) and Fern N. (Osmer) Klump (1893-1978) (OH). Siblings were Gaylord Robert Klump Jr. (1913-1934), John Carlisle Klump (1915-1995), Christian Henry Klump (1916-2008) and Mary Kathryn (Klump) Bush (1920-1997). He was married to Aline (Davis) Klump on 26 December 1942 in Pinellas Co., Florida.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Bowman Field, Louisville, Kentucky, on 23 January 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, 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 23 January 1945 a P-51C-11NT, # 43-11104, assigned to 14th Air Force, 3rd Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Laohokow on a mission to dive bomb and strafe the enemy at the Suchow railroad yards. 1stLt Floyd A. Everett Jr., 0-734213, reported that their flight strafed the railroad yards, locomotives and a motor pool. Near Yenchow, Capt. Klump strafed an enemy troop concentration. Capt. Klump was hit by enemy fire and a vaporous flow began coming from his left wing. He turned toward their base at about 1,500’ to 2,000’. After about 10-15 miles, he said his engine was cutting out and he was going to bail out. His engine began to flame. He blew his canopy clear. He climbed out and had just stepped onto the wing when the fighter hit the ground. The P-51 burst on fire and they did not see him again. They circled several times. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the New Robinson Cemetery, Robinson, Crawford Co., Illinois.

 

His brother, John C. Klump, born 28 January 1915, served in the U.S. Army, a Captain, from 13 March 1942. He died on 6 March 1995 and is buried in the buried in the New Robinson Cemetery, Robinson, Crawford Co., Illinois.

 

His brother, Christian H. Klump, born 26 April 1916, served in the U.S. Navy from 21 September 1936, CM1C, # 3112884, the U.S.S. Grebe (AM-43) (1941-1942) to 1945. He died 31 May 2008 and is buried in the El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, California.