44-14833         MACR 14901

 

On 5 September 1945 a P-51F-6D-10 Mustang, “Frontella,” # 44-14833, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Liuchow, China, departed the airfield on a non-offensive reconnaissance mission over Hankow, China. It was a two-aircraft flight with Capt. Keith C. Hawk leader. At about 10:30 am, the flight was about six miles south of Yochow and were observing enemy troop movements. Capt. Hawk had engine trouble and nearly belly landed but was able to climb after the engine started. 1stLt Van Voorhis stayed with him but did not respond to calls after Kaw climbed.

 

VAN VOORHIS, JOHN W., First Lieutenant, # 0-803449, USAAF

 

John W. Van Voorhis was born on 20 September 1917 in Clinton, Knox Co., Ohio, to Clyde William Van Voorhis (1887-    ) (OH) and Bessie A. (Thomas) Van Voorhis (1888-1971) (Canada immigrated 1909; naturalized) (married 11 September 1909, Knox Co., OH). Siblings were Lester Charles Van Voorhis (1910-1981), James Thomas Van Voorhis (1912-2006), and Myrtle Alice (Van Voorhis) Arnold (1913-2002). Living with them in 1930 was a maternal uncle, Theodore Thomas (1902-    ). He graduated from Mount Vernon High School.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 2 September 1941. 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. On 5 September 1945 a P-51F-6D-10, “Frontella,” # 44-14833, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Liuchow, China, departed the airfield on a non-offensive reconnaissance mission over Hankow, China. It was a two-aircraft flight with Capt. Keith C. Hawk leader. At about 10:30 am, the flight was about six miles south of Yochow and were observing enemy troop movements. Capt. Hawk had engine trouble and nearly belly landed but was able to climb after the engine started. 1stLt Van Voorhis stayed with him but did not respond to calls after Kaw climbed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 23 March 1949 (Sec. F, Grave 988).

 

His brother, Lester C. Van Voorhis, born 14 May 1910, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, during WWII. He died 10 January 1981 and is buried in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens, Mount Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio.

 

His brother, James T Van Voorhis, born 7 June 1912, served in the USAAF from 18 March 1943 to 14 November 1945, Sergeant, during WWII. He died 19 February 2006 and is buried in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens, Mount Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio.