44-25047         MACR 14683

 

On 24 June 1945 a P-38L1-LO Lightning, “Pheasants.” # 44-25047, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 60th Fighter Squadron, Myitkyina East, Burma, departed the airfield in heavy rain and a solid overcast on a weather reconnaissance flight in Burma. Its last location was Taipingkai (military map SJ 6868) at about 0815 hrs by radio contact with Bhamo, Burma, fighter control, and its location was about 50 miles east-north-east of the Bhamo airfield. It had about 1 ½ hours of fuel remaining. The pilot was 1stLt Elbert M. Ruffner, # 0-769949.

 

RUFFNER, ELBERT MORGAN, First Lieutenant, # 0-769949, USAAF

 

Elbert M. Morgan was born on 28 June 1920 in Miami, Ohio, to George Forrest Ruffner (1890-1975) and Edith Elizabeth (Crotty) Ruffner (1895-1975). Siblings were an infant Ruffner (1925-1925), Martha Jane Ruffner (1928-1934), and Donald Ruffner (1931-    ). He graduated from Piqua High School. He was married to Betty Ann (Ordway) Ruffner on 24 January 1944, in Miami, Ohio.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio, on 8 May 1942. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 24 June 1945 a P-38L1-LO Lightning, “Pheasants.” # 44-25047, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 60th Fighter Squadron, Myitkyina East, Burma, one of a flight of two, departed the airfield in heavy rain and a solid overcast on a weather reconnaissance flight in Burma. Its last location was Taipingkai (military map SJ 6868) at about 0815 hrs by radio contact with Bhamo, Burma, fighter control. The P-38 crashed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. After recovery from Burma and India, his remains were buried on 4 May 1949 in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Miami Co., Ohio.

44-25502                     MACR 14684

 

On 24 June 1945 a P-38-L5-LO Lightning, # 44-25502, “Pheasants,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 60th Fighter Squadron, Myitkyina East, Burma, departed the airfield in heavy rain and a solid overcast on a weather reconnaissance flight in Burma. Its last location was Taipingkai (military map SJ 6868) at about 0815 hrs by radio contact with Bhamo, Burma, fighter control, and its location was about 50 miles east-north-east of the Bhamo airfield. It had about 1 ½ hours of fuel remaining. The pilot was 2ndLt George C. Beamer, # 0-779326.

 

BEAMER, GEORGE C., Second Lieutenant, # 0-779326, USAAF

 

George C. Beamer was born in 1922 in Wisconsin to Alonzo Lawrence Beamer (1878-1934) (IA) and Maria “Mary” (Schweitz) Beamer (1884-1970) (WI) (married 1908). Siblings were Eleanor Gertrude (Beamer) Walters (1908-2007), Alonzo Lawrence Beamer Jr. (1911-1954), and James Robert Beamer (1912-1976).

 

After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 24 June 1945 a P-38-L5-LO Lightning, # 44-25502, “Pheasants,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 60th Fighter Squadron, Myitkyina East, Burma, departed the airfield in heavy rain and a solid overcast on a weather reconnaissance flight in Burma.