44-28849         MACR 14709

 

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. The crew and passengers were:

                                            Pilot                             2ndLt Gene A. Christensen                 0-889626

                                            Co-Pilot                       1stLt Umberto DePalma                     0-831137

                                            Passenger                     Major Oswald O. Southworth             0-402166

                                            “                                  1stLt David Liebowitz                         0-565961

                                           Crew Chief                  Sgt Harold E. Snyder                           6423686

                                           Passenger                     Sgt Samuel Weintraub                         32248255

                                           (Weintraub was assigned Quartermaster, 1106th QM Air Service Group, 301st Service Squadron)

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.

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                       Southworth      Mary C. Southworth, W, 30 S. Church St., Gilroy, CA

                                       DePalma          Pietro DePalma, F, 13921 Anglyn Ave., Detroit, Mich.

                                       Leibowitz        Samuel I. Liebowitz, B, 4838 N. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA

                                       Christensen      Catherine R. Christensen, M, 2621 Cherry St., Bellingham, WA

                                       Snyder             Albert Snyder, B, 1236 Bellows St., Akron, OH

                                       Weintraub        Pearl (Weintraub) Kahn, 1409 Norstand Ave., Brooklyn, NY

CHRISTENSEN, GENE ANTON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-889626, USAAF

 

Gene A. Christensen was born on 20 June 1921 in Sumas, Washington, to Anton Christensen (1873-1934) (Demark) and Catherine Rosina (Ludwig) Christensen (1884-1972) (WI) (married 21 May 1918, Fallon, MT). Two step-brothers were Norman Knudtson ( and Leslie Knudtson ( . Two step-sisters were Mae N. (Knudtson) Weldkamp (1912-    ) (MT) and Marie R. Knudtson (1913-    ) (MT).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, employed by B. Haverlock, Berllingham Auto Parts, resided at 2621 Cherry, Bellingham, Whatcom Co., WA, and described himself as 5’11”, 175 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a carbuncle scar on the back of his neck. 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. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.