44-24239         P38

 

On 18 January 1945, a P-38L-1, “Phyllis,” # 44-24239, assigned to 10th Air Force, 459th Fighter Squadron (TE), departed the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, with other fighters on a fighter sweep over Meiktila, Burma. It was seen to crash by Capt. Hampton E. Boggs, 0-728557, Capt. Robert A. Hargis, 0-750582, and 1stLt William R. Pauley, 0-758047, about 2 miles NE of Thedaw landing ground. The pilot was 2ndLt Conrad G. Tolladay, # 0-756746.

 

Capt. Boggs reported that after strafing Meiktila, the flight passed over Thedaw landing ground when he noticed Lt. Tolladay’s left engine smoking. Tolladay feathered his propeller. The smoke increased and the engine burst into flames. Tolladay bailed out at about 500’. No parachute was seen to open. The P-38 crashed about 2 miles North of Thedaw landing ground at 1330 hours. Capt. Hargis reported similarly.

 

TOLLADAY, CONRAD GEORGE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-756746, USAAF

 

Conrad G. Tolladay was born on 18 September 1919 in Madera, California, to George Jackson Tolladay (1893-1981) (CA) and Selma Simonson (Jacobson) Tolladay (1892-1964) (NE) (married in 1915, Shasta Co., CA). Siblings included Meredith Eloise (Tolladay) Rolff (1917-2007), Richard A. “Dickie” Tolladay (1923-1924), Robert Jackson Tolladay (1927-2006), and Donald Dwayne Tolladay (1930-2009).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, resided on River Rte, Box 2, Madera, Madore, California, employed by H.J. Tolladay & A.G. Beck, Blackstone Planning Mill, and described himself with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was assigned to fly the P-39 Lightning and sent overseas to India. On 18 January 1945, a P-38L-1, “Phyllis,” # 44-24239, assigned to 10th Air Force, 459th Fighter Squadron (TE), departed the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, with other fighters on a fighter sweep over Meiktila, Burma. It was seen to crash by Capt. Hampton E. Boggs, 0-728557, Capt. Robert A. Hargis, 0-750582, and 1stLt William R. Pauley, 0-758047, about 2 miles NE of Thedaw landing ground. Capt. Boggs reported that after strafing Meiktila, the flight passed over Thedaw landing ground when he noticed Lt. Tolladay’s left engine smoking. Tolladay feathered his propeller. The smoke increased and the engine burst into flames. Tolladay bailed out at about 500’. No parachute was seen to open. The P-38 crashed about 2 miles North of Thedaw landing ground at 1330 hours. Capt. Hargis reported similarly. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.