HUTCHINSON, ROBERT F., Captain, # 0-724943, USAAF

 

Robert F. Hutchinson was born on 4 October 1920 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, to Minor C. Hutchinson (1891-1958) and L.  Eula (Evans) Hutchinson (1895-    ). Sibling was Marilyn M. Hutchinson (1918-    ).

 

He was sent overseas to China to 20th Air Force. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co., Kansas (Sec. 2, Grave 239).

LITTLEFIELD, WALTER J., First Lieutenant, # 0-724943, USAAF

 

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He was sent overseas to China to 20th Air Force. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered.