44-11313         MACR 14568

 

On 3 June 1945 a P-51D-5 Mustang, # 44-11313, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Laohwangping, China, on a mission to skip bomb and strafe near Liuchow. The pilot was Lt.Col. L. V. Teeter (initials only), # 0-406341. He was hit by small arms fire and made a forced landing. It was mistakenly reported that his crashed fighter and remains were found. He was last listed as killed in action and missing.

 

TEETER, L. V., Lieutenant Colonel, # 0-406341, USAAF

 

L. V. Teeter was born on 25 November 1918 in Newcastle, Fulton Co., Indiana, to French Dale Teeter (1894-    ) and Cleo Fay (Hatfield) Nye nee Teeter (1893-1984) (married 12 August 1916, Kosciusko, IN). Siblings were Laura Helen (Teeter) Heinley (1917-1962) and Bertha Beatrice Teeter (1919-1920). He attended Purdue University, an engineering student. He was married to Helen Forsythe (Harris) Teeter (1921-1997) and they had a son, Loren Vincent Teeter.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in 1939. 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 served for several years as an instructor pilot. He was sent overseas through India to China in 1944. On 3 June 1945 a P-51D-5 Mustang, # 44-11313, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Laohwangping, China, on a mission to skip bomb and strafe near Liuchow. The pilot was Lt.Col. L. V. Teeter (initials only), # 0-406341. He was hit by small arms fire and made a forced landing. It was mistakenly reported that his crashed fighter and remains were found. He was last listed as killed in action and missing. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Sycamore Memorial Park, Talma, Fulton Co., Indiana. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.