44-17232         MACR 14890

 

On 18 August 1945 a L-5B, # 44-17232, assigned to 14th Air Force, 19th Liaison Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow on a courier flight to Kunming, China. The pilot was 1stLt Roy S. Warner, # 0-709699, who enlisted in Pennsylvania. After he did not arrive in Kunming, a search was conducted with four L-5s searching between Kweiyang and Kunming. There is a handwritten notation on the bottom of the MACR which reads “24° 18’ North & 109° 14’ East,” near Kweiyang, China. One can surmise that this may indicate where his L-5B crashed.

 

WARNER, ROY S., First Lieutenant, # 0-709699, USAAF

 

Roy S. Warner was born on 20 October 1917 in Weatherly, Carbon Co., Pennsylvania, to Stanley Washington Warner (1894-1971) and Verna Mae (Snell) Warner (1897-1969) (married 6 February 1915, Carbon, Westmoreland Co., PA). Sibling was Ambrose Elmer Warner (1915-1997). He was married to Freda Florence Warner

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, employed by the Weatherly Foundry Manufacturing Co., resided at 216 Fourth St., Weatherly, PA, and described himself as 5’8”, 145 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Miami Beach, Florida, on 3 February 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the Stinson L-5B Sentinel. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 18 August 1945 a L-5B, # 44-17232, assigned to 14th Air Force, 19th Liaison Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow on a courier flight to Kunming, China. After he did not arrive in Kunming, a search was conducted with four L-5s searching between Kweiyang and Kunming. There is a handwritten notation on the bottom of the MACR which reads “24° 18’ North & 109° 14’ East,” near Kweiyang, China. One can surmise that this may indicate where his L-5B crashed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

 

His brother, Ambrose E. Warner, born 28 August 1915, served in the U.S. Army from 12 June 1944 to 4 April 1946; Private First Class, # 33948284, 34th Infantry Division, Company A. He died 18 August 1997 and is buried in the Union Cemetery, Weatherly, Carbon Co., Pennsylvania.

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