SOUTHWORTH, ORVIS OSWALD., Major, # 0-402166, USAAF
Oswald O. Southworth was born on 26 July 1909 in California to Ernest Daniel Southworth (1865-1954) (Mich.) and Frances Rebecca (Howard) Southworth (1871-1963) (CA). Siblings were Wirt Howard Southworth (1895-1970), Hilda Southworth (1898-1900), Beryl Ava (Southworth) Huffman (1900-1983), Grace Aileen (Southworth) Juvenal (1902-1993), Clarabelle B. (Southworth) Winder (1905-1987), Owen Lynn Southworth (1907-1961), Alice L. (Southworth) Hawkins (1911-2010), Grace H. Southworth (1918-1930), and Daniel Ernest Southworth (1922-1999). He was married to Mary C. Southworth (1913- ), then of Gilroy, California.
After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 April 1945 a B-25J, # 44-28849, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, Warazup, Burma, departed the airfield on a flight to Shingbwiyang, Burma, then to Ledo, India. It was last seen at about 1238 IST at Shingbwiyang. A search for the B-25 was flown by Lt.Col. Robert A. Erdin on 11 April 1945 from 0930 to 1100 and he searched the same flight course again from 1400 to 1530 hours IST. Nothing sighted. Air Jungle Rescue was notified 11 April 1945. While a passenger on this fatal flight, his last assignment was to the 341st Bomb Group, the 490th Bomb Squadron. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Wirt H. Southworth, born 14 July 1895, was a U.S. Navy Warrant Officer from 5 December 1942. He died 1 January 1970 in San Benito Co., California.
His brother, Owen L. Southworth, born 4 March 1907, served in the USAAF, Captain, # 0-519030, 1266th AAF Base Unit. He died 17 June 1961 and is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California on 22 June 1961 (Sec. 2E, Grave 4964).